Feinstein Ends Truce, Restarts Water Wars

MARCH 29, 2012


California’s water wars are back. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to the Association of California Water Agencies late Tuesday March 27 again pitting North against South.

The letter stated Feinstein was no longer entertaining compromise legislation on House Resolution H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Clovis.  HR 1837 would have repealed Feinstein’s three-year-old H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (formerly called the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act of 2009).

Politicians have a way of using titles to their legislation that covers up what it is really all about.

Feinstein’s H.R. 146:

* Took water in 2009 from Central Valley farmers to redistribute to tourist commercial, fishing, recreational and real estate interests in the San Joaquin River under the guise of environmental restoration and mitigation;
* Raised water rates for Central Valley farmers to subsidize fishing and recreational “restoration”; and
* Required that renewal of agricultural water contracts had to go through an environmental review for distribution of “mitigations” to special interests.

Simply stated, the Republican-backed H.R. 1837 would have undone all this.

For a brief period, Feinstein was apparently willing to listen to a Republican proposal for a compromise bill brokered by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock. In a water war, as in all wars over water, it is difficult for opponents to meet face to face to make peace. HR 1837 was authored by Nunes and spearheaded by Rep. Tom McClintock R-Elk Grove, head of the U.S. House’s Subcommittee on Water and Power. Apparently, Feinstein has ended listening to any compromise proposals by Republicans.

DiFi’s Reelection Bid

Feinstein is also running for reelection in November and doesn’t want any appearance of capitulation to HR 1837 in the eyes of her environmentalist political base.

The Legislative Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies is holding a meeting on Thursday March 29 to issue a position statement on H.R. 1837.  Feinstein’s letter was to make her position clear that she will work to defeat H.R. 1837 if  it’s brought before the U.S. Senate.

Instead of pursuing compromise, Feinstein’s letter states she wants to pursue the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the proposed state water bond, and water transfers, banking and recycling.  All of these are wholly Democratic Party-backed measures that stick agriculture, wholesale water agencies and cities with the tab for all of the above projects and policies.

In the case of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the hidden agenda is for Northern California to stick farmers, cities and water agencies with the bill for creating a huge regional “sewer district” that would clean up Delta pollution mainly caused by Northern California waste water discharges and urban runoff. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a cost-shifting scheme. But to pull this off, Northern California interests must disguise their actions as “environmentalism.”  And to do so they must demonize water agencies, cities, and farmers.

‘Consent of the Governed’

Thus, Feinstein’s letter represents an abandonment of an attempt to reach the “consent of the governed” and continued pursuit of her goals by force and fraud.  “Consent of the governed” is not the same as “compromise” or “consensus.” It implies that voluntary assent should be attained of those who must pay taxes, give up water, pay higher water rates or pay out mitigations.

What is at stake with attaining “consent of the governed” over Central California water is no less than democracy itself.  Otherwise any “consensus” would be a sham water grab by a kleptocratic state.

In California water war history, Feinstein’s water policies would be a sophisticated return to the water grabs of the Mulholland era of the Los Angeles Department of Water and power in Mono Lake in the early 20th century.  But even DWP paid market prices for land and water rights involving voluntary transactions.

Such “consent of the governed” was reached in 1994 with the Bay-Delta Accord.  Both Democrats such as President Bill Clinton and California Republican Gov. Pete Wilson agreed to the accord.

One-Sided Policy

H.R. 1837 would have “restored” the Bay-Delta Accord as the compromise policy document for the Delta, the San Joaquin River and the Central Valley.  But Feinstein and her Party of Government do not want to return to that former treaty in the North-South water war.

Instead, Feinstein has signaled she wants to pursue the one-sided water redistribution policies of her political party. And the only way to do that without “consent of the governed” is by force and fraud.

Hence, it is back to the water wars using the force of laws and the fraud of environmentalism as a cover for redistributionist policies. But public opinion polls are indicating a thin 51 percent approval for the proposed $11 billion state water bond on the November ballot. California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, R-Sacramento, indicated March 27 that the state water bond may be pulled from the ballot due to weak public support.

Radio and television commentator John Gibson was once quoted: “We’d love to be able to work out compromises to these problems, as long as they don’t compromise access to our land and water.”  This pretty much sums up the tug of war with the North-South water war in California over Central Valley water.

Water wars are obviously about water. But they are also often about real estate and wealth transfers.  This is why Mark Twain famously wrote: “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.”



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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 March, 2012, 12:21

    If the Witch of Blackbird Pond gets her way we will all be paying $300 a month for the privilege of using household water.

    They know we have to drink and bathe and drive – so the vice grips on your body parts will continue to tighten down. Soon a gallon of water will cost you pert near as much as a gallon of petrol.

    Why the hell would we pay more in CA for a gallon of gasoline than they pay in Honolulu that produces NO OIL and is a 6 hour flight from the Mainland?

    For the love of God. When is this crap going to end?

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  2. Stanley K.
    Stanley K. 29 March, 2012, 13:00

    Apparently Feinstein thinks this move won’t hurt her chances for re-election but when voters — who are in a very bad mood anyway — find out from articles like this one that she is willing to give the shaft to what is best for most of California in favor of special interests in the Bay Area she might have another think coming.

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 March, 2012, 13:30

    The old bitty is a power junkie. Her entire life she’s ordered little people around and imposed her will upon them. She reminds me of Queen Mary I. If reelected she will start her next term @ age 79 and it will run through age 85. Once they get a taste of the power they can’t give it up. It’s like heroin. It defines them. It’s all encompassing. If she could withhold water from you until you bent over and kissed her feet – she would do it. She’s a war monger too. She loves to send the underclass to far away lands to die for blood money. Do you think any of her kids ever served in the military or dodged a bullet in wartime? 😀

    At last count (2005) Queen Feinstein’s net worth was estimated somewhere between $43M and $96M. I betcha her net worth doubled between 2005 and today. All the oligarchs made out like bandits during the meltdown.

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  4. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 29 March, 2012, 13:33

    Feinstein may have to face political reality – the U.S. House of Representative rejected a bi-partisan budget yesterday. That may mean that politicians won’t be seeing Federal dollars roll into their districts to create road projects and jobs before the national elections. This may force Democrats to the bargaining table on other issues such as water.


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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 March, 2012, 13:43

    “Feinstein may have to face political reality – the U.S. House of Representative rejected a bi-partisan budget yesterday”

    Yeah, sure. These are the same republican clowns who approved raising the debt ceiling by $2B. Then they have the nerve to chastise the dems for spending like drunken russian sailors on shore leave! 😀

    That’s like the heroin dealer chastising the junkie for mainlining after he handed him a quarter pound of mexican black tar!!! 😀

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  6. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 March, 2012, 13:53

    Did I say “$2B”?

    Silly me. I meant $2T.

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  7. tesla_x
    tesla_x 29 March, 2012, 21:19

    DiFi better watch out that CARB does not charge her a Carbon tax for running all those streams and making new sources of CO2!


    “6. North American rivers are a sizable source of atmospheric carbon”

    “They find that runoff volumes, tree cover, watershed slope, and the areal extent of wetlands are the strongest independent determinants of watershed dissolved organic carbon fluxes. The authors find that from North American rivers that lay south of the 60th parallel, 5.9 megatons of carbon are transferred to the atmosphere each year. ”

    I have a remedy….give the water back to the Canal system and to Farmers. The food they grow is a carbon SINK.

    But then the Dems DiFi and other eco-loonies don’t really care about CO2 or the environment.

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  8. JustVoteNo
    JustVoteNo 29 March, 2012, 21:37

    She sat on her thumbs for years while Goldman Hacks and company stole our money, as a result most of us are in debt up to are eyeballs, hyper food and gas prices, now, household water bills will be $$$$ per month. These friggin corruptocrats could care less about our plight. All the earmarks of a good revolution.

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  9. GonzoDon
    GonzoDon 30 March, 2012, 09:29

    Actually, while Mark Twain had some entertaining writings about whiskey and about water, there is no evidence that he ever said or wrote this famous “quote”. Sorry to spoil this party with actual facts.

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  10. GonzoDon
    GonzoDon 30 March, 2012, 09:34

    Regarding Twain, I will offer this: In one of his essays he compared the complete age of the universe to the height of the Eiffel Tower, and the history of the human race to the thickness of the paint on top of the flagpole on top of the tower. Thinking that we humans are the end point and climax of creation is rather like thinking that the Eiffel Tower exists for the sake of that layer of paint, according to Twain.

    Indeed. Maybe it’s time to think a little more broadly and a little longer-term about what is ultimately sustainable. Not just for this generation, but for the next three. Or five. Or fifty.

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  11. queeg
    queeg 30 March, 2012, 09:43

    If she is so bad…think on the clowns, cocktail party grazers, bewildered who ran against her!!!!

    Lets face it….Republicans in California are lite on political appeal…

    And you moderate lovers….your getting Romney….the latest MC DOLE!!!”!

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  12. Jazzman
    Jazzman 30 March, 2012, 11:14

    Many years ago the Mafia set its sights on controlling water, because water is life. They first controlled restaurants, because people had to eat. Next they took over the garbage business because people had to get rid of trash. But controlling water has always been their ultimate goal. Now that the Mafia is legit and part of the corporate class and have bought all the politicians they need, they can carry out their nefarious plans with impunity. Some of you will take strong note of this information. You should.

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  13. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 March, 2012, 11:47

    “She sat on her thumbs for years while Goldman Hacks and company stole our money, as a result most of us are in debt up to are eyeballs, hyper food and gas prices, now, household water bills will be $$$$ per month”

    She didn’t sit on her thumbs. She voted to reward them for helping to bring down the global economy. DiFi has never sat on any financial committee in congress yet authored a bill to bail out the FDIC before her hubby was appointed to help manage foreclosures for the agency. No investigation. Babs Boxer was the chair on the Senate Ethic Committee at the time. The old Bat is probably worth a hundred million or more. Why would she care if you can’t pay your water bill?

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  14. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 March, 2012, 11:52

    “Now that the Mafia is legit and part of the corporate class and have bought all the politicians they need, they can carry out their nefarious plans with impunity. Some of you will take strong note of this information. You should”

    There ya go, my friend. You are part of the 1% who get it. Fraud has become a common business practice in America within the upper ranks. They don’t even try to hide it nowadays. That’s the scary part. When a crook can walk right into your living room and heist your big screen while you’re watching it WITH IMPUNITY we have entered the dark ages.

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  15. queeg
    queeg 31 March, 2012, 07:31

    Some really are paranoid about success…


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  16. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 31 March, 2012, 08:07

    “Some really are paranoid about success…


    No more than I envy a bank robber.

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  17. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 1 April, 2012, 10:05

    Look what they are doing to the Irish folks! 😀 A brand new “household tax” of 100 euros for just being alive. 😀 Sounds alot like Obamacare, eh??? Only a handful of the common Irish folks are openly protesting. What the hell happened to the days of the IRA??? You see, the banksters can make horrible lending decisions over which ordinary people had NO CONTROL whatsoever and now they are forced to pay through the nose for it. But the banksters can keep all the profits from their good decisions. How’s that for a fair and just society? So they are able to shift their responsibility for the BAD decisions but are allowed to pocket their profits from their GOOD decisions. Sound familiar???

    This crap is eventually coming to a theater near you. Be prepared for it.

    “All the money seems to be going down a black hole to the bankers and the bondholders. They just appear to be fleecing us and I’m very angry about it,” he added, his nine-year-old son marching at his side”.


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  18. JLSeagull
    JLSeagull 2 April, 2012, 20:24

    “California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, R-Sacramento”!!!!
    When did the Republicans take over control of the CA Senate? When did Steinberg switch parties? Last I heard, he was a Democrat.

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