Gov. Brown legislating by legacy and vanity

July 26, 2012

By Katy Grimes

First there was the bullet train to nowhere. Now there are the tunnels to nowhere.

Gov. Jerry Brown is hell-bent on creating a legacy. Unfortunately, it also appears that most of California’s legislators make decisions based on legacy as well.

But lawmaking by legacy rarely bodes well.

Water wars

Brown announced Wednesday that the state intends to build two large tunnels to move water under the very fragile Delta, from Northern California to Southern California.

Where is Jake Gittes when you need him?

Gittes was the hard-boiled private investigator in “Chinatown,” the 1974 movie about the historical California battle over water. Set in Los Angeles in 1937, “Chinatown” was inspired by the California Water Wars, the historical disputes over land and water rights that raged in southern California during the 1910s and 1920s.

Gittes, played by Jack Nicholson, discovers that water is illegally being diverted, and that that agents of the water department have been demolishing farmers’ water tanks and poisoning their wells.

“Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water,” Noah Cross says, played by John Houston. Cross was the movie’s villain, and tried to gain control of all the water in Los Angeles.

It appears that like a character out of the movie, Gov. Jerry Brown has reignited California’s North-vs.-South battle over fresh water.

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar  and Brown held a Sacramento news conference at the California Natural Resources Agency to announce a massive, multibillion-dollar water diversion plan, which many are saying is only another version of the peripheral canal plan that voters rejected in 1982, 30 years ago, during Brown’s last run as governor.

Brown is acting like a woman scorned. “Analysis paralysis is not why I came back 30 years later to handle some of the same issues,” Brown said. “At this stage, as I see many of my friends dying… I want to get s— done.”

How eloquent.

Brown called the plan “a big idea for a big state.” But the plan to funnel water from the Sacramento River to pumps that supply water to parts of Southern California, the Central Valley and the Bay Area, has many worried that Northern California will be faced with shortages.

Farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists, oppose the plan, and rallied at the Capitol. They say diverting Northern California water would be the final death blow to the fragile Delta.

Water Politics

Devastating environmental litigation resulted in cutbacks on one third of all water deliveries to California’s Central Valley, causing agricultural production losses, thousands of jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars in crops.

Three years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ordered major pumping cutbacks into the California Aqueduct that delivers water to the state’s farms, based on arbitrary concerns that the giant water pumps killed the Delta Smelt, a tiny fish not even indigenous to the Delta. The Fish and Wildlife Service ordered 81 billion gallons of water, enough to put 85,000 acres of farmland back into production, to flow out to the ocean each year, instead of feeding California’s Central Valley farms.

Instead of fighting to feed California’s crops and farm families, and to repair the state’s agricultural lifeblood, Brown has created another public works project to feed unions and high-cost union jobs.

This is the second giant public works project deal this month that Brown has sealed.  Just two weeks ago, he signed bills to authorize spending to begin on the phony high-speed rail project, which will tear up valuable Central Valley farmland.

Brown’s political vanity is taking precedence over reforms; his need for a legacy is apparently more important than the 37 million residents of the state. Brown should have done the right thing instead.  Because as Chinatown’s Noah Cross is also famous for saying,”Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”


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  1. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 26 July, 2012, 11:18

    Clown will go down in history in the same type of footnores that Davis and Arnold went donw in-pathetic.

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  2. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 26 July, 2012, 14:24

    Another Poodle Prediction ™

    LOL Poor Poody— Still 0 for 9 but still swinging away !!!!!

    Reply this comment
  3. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 26 July, 2012, 14:44

    Gov cronyism and nepotism strikes AGAIN!!!!

    hey Teddy, remember when I told you that the (all good high paying) jobs in gov, ESPECIALLY cop and FF, are basically inside jobs, cronyism and nepotism hiring mainly-looks like I was right again!

    Where would you and NTHEOC be without being connected in to your workfare job in Gov??? 🙂,0,1254258.story

    WASHINGTON — Eight senior Department of Justice administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs for their children and other relatives, and the department needs to tighten its employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the Inspector General’s Office said Thursday….eight current or former Justice officials, all senior-level employees, “violated applicable statutes and regulations” in seeking jobs for relatives. Since May 2008, the report said, many were actually hired, including five daughters, three sons, a cousin, a nephew, a niece and two granddaughters.….In addition, another daughter was offered a summer clerkship but she later turned it down, and separate attempts were made to find a job for an employee’s brother.

    Oh brother…..Teddy and NTHEOC are rolling in pain right now……

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 July, 2012, 19:45

    Someone has a real problem with authority!

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  5. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 26 July, 2012, 21:29

    Not me 🙂

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  6. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 26 July, 2012, 21:35

    Poodle– I have no relatives in the gov employ……i worked a rel short time for gov. You know zip about me.

    I know alot about you.

    Here’s a fact–

    so far






    LOL ™

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 00:59

    1%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% BABY!

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 July, 2012, 07:56

    Teddy. BINGO!

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  9. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 27 July, 2012, 08:14

    In the interest of full disclosure, the only time I have ever been in the employ of the government was as a sailor in the US Navy.

    I predict that Jerry Brown will be reelected again after one term out of office. Count on it. Californians prefer the old tried & true incompetent fools over new incompetent fools.

    Jerry Brown my be an imbecile but he’s a lovable imbecile and a California native.

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 July, 2012, 09:28

    If your into cliffhangers hug Jerry for dear life…

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  11. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 27 July, 2012, 11:49

    thank you thank you everybody !

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 12:23

    1%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% BABY:)

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  13. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 28 July, 2012, 09:32

    he hates that Calpers has done 7.75 over the last 20!

    You know, many many people ask me, “Ted, you do so well in debunking the troll, is it hard slamming the poodle every day out here on the bunker blog?”
    I tell them, “no, not really, it’s easy whn all I do is repeat the truth….7.75 over 20 years baaaaaaaby”!
    Then, I say my prayers, have a pot pie, and go straight to bed.

    The Ted Theory

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