Kamala Harris courts Ag

Kamala Harris

I’m sure there a good things about Senator Kamala Harris. But I’m not a fan.

When she was California’s Attorney General she sabotaged desperately needed pension reform. Stockton may go bankrupt again as a result. A host of other municipalities may founder on Chapter 9. Short of that, far too much of local government resources for police, fire, potholes, libraries, etc. will go instead to feed the pension monster.

Harris just made her first trip as Senator to the Valley — to Fresno-area farmers who see the dying Delta as their water tank.

It is right for Sen. Harris to visit them. But it would be a lot more reassuring if she visited the Delta region, too.

Harris styled her visit as bipartisan leadership, an olive branch to Central Valley Republicans. “There is an environment right now that is thriving off of tension,” she said. “And it gets a lot of attention. Instead of the work that is happening, that is productive and collaborative.”

Bipartisanship is good. The worry is that Harris will “collaborate” the way Sen. Dianne Feinstien has done, by giving too much weight to south-Valley Big Ag. That’s not balancing interests, but a political calculation: by catering to Big Ag, Harris shores up her right flank.

The political calculus is savvy. But because it subordinates the Delta and north Valley interests to Big Ag it has contributed to near-extinctions in the Delta. We should not have been a sacrificial lamb to Dianne Feinstein’s political ambitions. We should not be one to Harris.

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