No debate about water

It seems surprising that there were no questions about water at Monday night’s U.S. Senate debate, considering what is happening in Washington, D.C. right now.

There were but two passing mentions of water in the span of 90 minutes:

• Asked about income inequality, Democratic candidate Loretta Sanchez, of Orange County, talked jobs and, ever so briefly, water. “We need to work on our infrastructure,” she said. “Transportation. Conveyance of water for all Californians. And a transition to energy independence… And if we do it right we can protect our environment.”

• And in closing statements, Republican Duf Sundheim offered, “I will fight every day and every night to end high-speed rail and solve our water problem.” How, he didn’t say.

That’s it. Those were the only references to water — a bread-and-butter issue in California.

To be sure, 90 minutes isn’t as long as it seems when you’ve got five candidates sharing the stage and myriad issues to delve into. But we certainly didn’t learn much about their platforms in this one critical area.

We probably learned more today, in fact, than we did on debate day. And hopefully, we’ll have opportunities to learn more in the weeks to come.

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