Interesting moments

The Delta Protection Commission voted last night to oppose the twin tunnels plan.

It wasn’t a unanimous vote. But farmer Topper van Loben Sels tried. He drew chuckles when he asked the two state representatives on the panel to abstain instead of voting no.

Todd Ferrara, a deputy secretary for the Natural Resources Agency, and Sandra Schubert, undersecretary for state Food & Agriculture, wouldn’t go along with it. They said it was too early for the commission to take a position on a project that has not yet been formally proposed.

After the vote, Michael Machado — in perhaps his final meeting as the commission’s executive director — asked to whom he should address the letter announcing the commission’s opposition to the project.

“The world,” replied commissioner and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Notolli.

Everyone in the little Courtland auditorium felt last night’s earthquake, which occurred just as commissioners were beginning to discuss a possible vote. But no, it didn’t happen during a conversation about the seismic vulnerability of Delta levees.

Joked ex-officio commission member and state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier: “I had no idea my first meeting would be so moving.”

Stockton’s Roy Hoggard got perhaps the biggest laugh of the night, when he suggested that Delta residents either march on Sacramento, or “become the state of Franklin.”

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