Crunch time for water bond

After dithering since — oh, 2009 — the state legislature has about one week to craft a water bond.

Dems want to downsize the $11 billion bond currently headed for the November ballot because they fear voters will reject the pork-laden thing. Republicans seem to like the big bond because they want “storage.”

So far, lawmakers have whittled the bond down to $7.5 billion. But Gov. Jerry Brown wants a $6 billion bond.

So legilators must close a $1.5 billion gap, while satisfying a range of interests, from powerful agencies such as the Metropolitan Water District and the Westlands, which insist on twin tunnels, to enviros, who insist on conservation measures, to farmers, who demand dams and reservoirs, to certain politicians who want their districts to be compensated in exchange for swallowing this bill, which may permanently alter, even destroy, our Delta and way of life.

In one week.

 With the fate of our region at stake.

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