A lot of Northern California politicians spoke out against the far-right south-Valley Republicans trying to exploit the drought to weaken the Endangered Species Act and sabotage the restoration of the San Joaquin River. My favorite comment came from Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis). Wolk is a heavyweight legislator and a strong Delta defender.
“I was disappointed to see the highly partisan media events staged today by Speaker Boehner and other House Members trying to take advantage of California’s drought to advance their agenda,” she said in a statement. “Californians clearly do not need such intervention from Washington politicians who know very little about California water policy and the many real challenges we face with the drought.
“Their effort to score political points is not helpful as we Californians are working to build the bipartisan workable solutions required. The drought is real and serious. And it requires real and serious solutions, not an assault on our most basic environmental and water quality protection laws built over decades of hard work. If Washington wants to help, the federal government should once again invest in the vital infrastructure of our community water systems as they did in the past. We can use federal partners, not partisan stunts.”
And if ”real solutions” are found, they will be found by legislators such as Wolk, who survey all stakeholders and craft legislation that will pass because it balances all interests. They will not be found by hyperpartisan Republicans who serve narrow special interests that couldn’t care less about our region.