With legislative action on a new water bond expected soon, the Delta Counties Coalition weighed in late Friday with a press release announcing support for a $10.5 billion proposal by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis.
The other bond measures that are under discussion are inadequate because they effectively “underwrite” the governor’s twin tunnels plan and are likely to escalate north-south disputes , the coalition says.
“SB 848 is a leading example of how diverse interests can find common ground on a comprehensive solution to address California’s water needs as opposed to the process currently being followed for the (twin tunnels),” San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller said in a prepared statement.
But will legislators — not to mention the voting public — find a $10.5 billion bond any more palatable than the $11.1 billion beast that’s already on the ballot? The L.A. Times’ George Skelton addresses this and other areas of controversy.