“The peripheral tunnels are on the verge of becoming reality because Jerry McNerney has been asleep at the wheel for six years. He took no action to protect the Delta when he was in the Congressional majority. He wrote no letters to the California Department of Water Resources. He didn’t even mention the threat of a peripheral canal on the floor of Congress until he’d been in office for five years. In 2011, McNerney even wrote a book advocating the construction of more water canals in California.”
—Colin Hunter, campaign spokesman for Ricky Gill, responding to the endorsement of Congressman Jerry McNerney by Restore the Delta and other pro-Delta activists.
And so we see another manifestation of redistricting, the 2011 re-drawing of policital district boundaries that put Stockton in the driver’s seat in all its districts: McNerney became a more vocal opponent of the peripheral tunnels.