Assemblyman Rendon’s bill addresses CA drought

Assemblyman Rendon’s bill addresses CA drought

As the record drought intensifies, the California Legislature is working on several proposals to address the state’s lack of water storage and inadequate delivery system.

A major entry comes from Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood. Assembly Bill 1331 would place a $6.5 billion bond on the Nov. 2014 ballot.

It would replace the $11.1 billion California Water Bond currently on the ballot, but which has been postponed from the 2010 and 2012 ballots because of concerns voters would reject it because of the high cost. Rendon’s bond would be more modest and targeted at specific current needs.

“Both houses of the Legislature have engaged in substantial efforts to reanalyze and right-size a bond so that voters can be confident that it addresses California’s most pressing water infrastructure and program needs and is accountable,” a water committee background paper explained of AB1331.

In a CalWatchdog.com interview, Rendon explained that his bill includes:

  • “$1 billion for maintaining and improving drinking water quality;
  • “$1.5 billion for protecting rivers and watersheds;
  • “$1.5 billion to fund integrated regional water management that will improve water delivery and help regions reduce the impact of climate change on water supply;
  • “$1 billion to protecting the California Delta that is critical to the state water supply system and a key ecological resource;
  • “$1.5 billion for water storage projects that will also reduce the impact of climate change on clean, reliable and affordable water supply.”

Rendon said the PPIC polling data showed a bond of $7 billion or less could pass, so the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee worked to formulate AB1331.

Dirty water politics

As surprising as it is, there are locations in California which have dirty drinking water. Rendon said in his district the city of Maywood has had historical problems with dirty water.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Rendon, AB240, which requires three mutual water companies in tiny Maywood to comply with open-meeting and open-record rules that apply to public agencies. The bill also said the Legislature’s intent was “to create a public agency that can consolidate drinking water services” in Maywood, according to the Los Angeles Times.

There are other problems. The Times reported, “[T]he Central Basin Municipal Water District, has been raided twice in recent months by the FBI as part of a corruption investigation that involves state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montbello).”

Maywood recently has been a hotbed of water politics. Located in southeast Los Angeles County, residents have long complained about yellow and brown tap water smelling like rotten eggs. Rendon’s AB240 is intended to rid the city of dirty water — and dirty water politics.

The Central Basin Municipal Water District has jurisdiction in Maywood. Residents worry the Central basin agency is angling for more influence there, according to KPCC Public Radio. “A former Central Basin employee, Gil Cedillo Jr., ran for the board of Maywood Mutual Water Company No. 3 last year,” KPCC reported.

Watershed

Rendon said the water bond funding from his AB1331 also would go to protecting and restoring watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He said the state’s watersheds provide regional and statewide benefits for cities, farms, manufacturing and wildlife. Benefits would include protecting water quality and sustainability, improving flood control and providing habitat for wildlife and recreation for citizens.

Rendon stressed that none of the bond money would go toward the governor’s Delta Water Tunnel project. 

Storage

One of the biggest concerns in the state is water storage.

Rendon said his bill would fund above and below ground water storage, with a focus on regional self-reliance.

“The County of Los Angeles has talked about storm water runoff and other things we should look towards in terms of regional self-reliance,” Rendon said. “We need to look at how we manage water in our own backyard.”

Cities and municipalities will be able to bid on separate projects to receive funding from the water bond, if passed by the voters.

Rendon said in a June hearing of the water committee:

“We need to maintain that focus and continue to ask fundamental questions like how do we use and reuse water in our regions? How do we manage the watersheds where we live?  How do we manage our storm water supply?  How do we manage our groundwater aquifers for storage and supply?  These are the questions that we will need to answer in the years ahead, and consistent with the 2009 statute we need to invest in that future in greater self reliance.” 

The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee has already held five hearings on AB1331: One each in Redding and Seaside and three in Sacramento. Upcoming hearings will be held in Hanford, Eureka, Fresno, the San Gabriel Valley and Stockton.

“This is not an era to build large conveyance projects through a bond,” Rendon said. “Rather than a large bond directed by the state, these will be local decisions.”

Status

The latest revision of AB1331 does not yet have a legislative analysis. So far, there is no opposition. But it will compete with other bills, some of which were reported on earlier by CalWatchdog.com. Our site will continue to cover the bonds as the debate over them, and the drought, continues.

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 16:49

    My proposal to mitigate the effects of the drought?

    Deport the 5M illegals in California.

    It is estimated that each illegal uses 100 gal of water each day on average.

    5M x 100 = 500M gal of water saved daily.

    500M x 365 = 182.5 billion gal of water saved each year.

    But you will never see that proposal in Sacramento from either the dems or the pubs. All of them want to drown us in poverty while suppressing our wage and eliminating opportunity for work by giving our jobs to illegal foreigners.

    Can you say t-r-e-a-s-o-n?

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 17:56

    Very kind statements are becoming the vogue on CWD. Immigrants are God’s people too and deserve human treatment and respect.

    Sick!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 19:55

      2 sets of laws do not make a civilized society.

      It’s getting to the point that illegal foreigners are given a more favored status in America than US citizens and I, for one, am tired of it.

      People who have their jobs stolen by illegal foreigners are God’s people too and need to feed their families. But bleeding hearts tend to ignore that.

      What’s sick is treating illegal foreigners with more respect than your fellow Americans. Now that’s sick!!!

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 21:55

    Time to Pack and Ship Bro….

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 22:21

      You’re the one who appears to have an affinity for illegal foreigners who stole jobs from your fellow countrymen. Maybe it’s time for you to ‘Pack and ship Bro…’.

      Perhaps the foreigners will give you free medical, a DL, a stolen job and amnesty too.

      Go down there and tell them that you “deserve human treatment and respect” like we give them north of the border.

      Write CWD and tell us how that works out for you! LOL!!!!

      You bleeding hearts crack me up!!! LOL!!!!

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  4. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 23:33

    There is nothing more dangerous to a nation than to be saturated with a population of useful idiots. Nations have been known to survive the ravages of wars, famines, fires, plagues floods and financial disasters. But if enough useful idiots rise to power and persuade other useful idiot followers to carry their banners, no nation is strong enough to withstand such a force.

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  5. ricky65
    ricky65 4 February, 2014, 08:56

    Sorry Katy, but it appears Rendon’s bill is mostly pork too. It does almost nothing to help with present and future droughts.
    Spending more than 75% of he proposed bond on pie-in-the-sky stuff like…”improving water quality…protecting rivers and watersheds… improving delivery systems…or protecting the Delta” doesn’t do a damn thing as far as putting more water in the system. All it accomplishes is provide more non-productive jobs to greenheads with worthless degrees in environmental studies. It would only provide more money to be wasted on parasite consultants to “study” the problem. Ever more paralysis by analysis as they say.
    The only long term solution is to build more storage capacity. We’re paying the price for not building a single dam for the last fifty years here in the north state where the water is.
    Interesting to note the last reservoir built was New Melones dam which is shown in your photo. It was completed in 1973, I believe. In an earlier article, your colleague Wayne Lusvardi pointed out this is the country’s first “green” dam operated entirely for environmental purposes like flushing out the Delta for water quality to save the Delta smelt, a 3 inch baitfish. Also apparently to help prop up the old hag Feinstein’s legacy dream of reviving the pretty much dry San Joaquin River salmon runs at the expense of all other users of the river. In the case of Melones, we wasted two million acre feet of precious water by allowing it run out to the sea to no good result.
    Before we start spending money on more projects that put nothing in the system we need to stop wasting the water we do have.
    But in the long run, we have too many straws stuck in the milkshake. It’s time to make more so everybody can wet their beaks instead of fighting over the last drop.

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  6. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 4 February, 2014, 10:01

    Assemblyman Rendon’s bill was introduced February 22, 2013, before there was any recognition of the magnitude of drought California is experiencing. It is just another water bond targeted mostly at Assemblyman Rendon’s constituencies in South East Los Angeles not at the San Joaquin Valley where the drought has hit farmers.

    From 2000 to 2012, California voters passed 5 water bonds for a total of $18.7 billion that have provided no pre-drought relief where needed. This bill would perpetuate this misplaced public policy.

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  7. Katy Grimes
    Katy Grimes Author 4 February, 2014, 13:21

    I am just covering all of the water bond bills in order to make sense of them, not necessarily passing judgment yet. There is crossover, pork, and plenty of bottom feeders in many. It will be interesting to see what ends up getting passed by the Legislature and signed into law by this governor.

    So far, Assemblyman Dan Logue’s water bond bill looks the purest.

    Katy

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  8. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 4 February, 2014, 13:51

    Personally, I’m very disappointed with Bishop Soto from Sacramento. His prayers from about 6 weeks ago failed. Maybe he’s too close to the belly of the beast in the State Capital. Maybe the Good Lord views him with disfavor. Maybe it’s time to bring in the big dogs from Rome. I think religion should be held to the same standards as any other endeavor in life. There should be performance evaluations. If you succeed you beget praise. If you fail you beget scorn. It’s only fair. Demote Soto to a parish priest.

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 February, 2014, 19:39

    Collapso…..immigrants work hard….they take care of their families. Cut the crap…..

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 4 February, 2014, 21:10

      Why don’t you adopt a couple illegal families and invite them live in your home? Pay for their education and medical care too. You seem to want to force the rest of us to pay for them. Walk your talk. Show us how much you care. LOL! Don’t tell me that you approve of them breaking into our country but would stop short of sharing your own home with them. LOL! You aren’t a hypocrite, are ya?

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 February, 2014, 22:09

    Compassion Bro……you sound bitter against everyone…..your in pain…..walk in sunlight.

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  11. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 5 February, 2014, 08:33

    No. Only against those who opt to wantonly force pain on everyone else. I’m sure the 20 million struggling Americans who can’t find a full time job would resent other Americans who give favored status to illegals. Black unemployment stands at about 30% because the illegals stole many of their jobs. Why no compassion for them? Why so much compassion for illegal foreigners who break our immigration and labor laws? Please explain.

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 February, 2014, 08:58

    Will go easy on you…..you’ll get better…..

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  13. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 5 February, 2014, 15:35

    I’m fine. I support my fellow Americans. I recommend Lee Greenwood’s CD “American Patriot” 3x’s a day until you begin to favor Americans over foreigners. We want to help you.

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  14. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 February, 2014, 20:39

    Sorry. You have shown repeatedly the “signs”. I’ll ask Teddy to explain. He is super intuitive!

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  15. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 5 February, 2014, 21:11

    Playlist:

    1 Pledge of Allegiance
    2 America See All
    3 God Bless the U.S.A.
    4 This Land Is Your Land
    5 Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    6 God Bless America
    7 Dixie
    8 Great Defender
    9 America The Beautiful
    10 Star Spangled Banner

    3x’s a day. You’ll be a better person for it. We want to help.

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  16. Queeg
    Queeg 6 February, 2014, 09:13

    All hope is lost chum…..Dick Clark song list fascinations mixed with Sousa-type marching songs sounds like escapism.

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