For Immediate Release
October 1, 2010
Contact: Jim Metropulos, Sierra Club California
916-557-1100 x 109
Sacramento – In this week’s first debate between the candidates for governor, California’s water woes were featured prominently, as was the $11.14 billion water bond slated for the November 2012 ballot. The two candidates were in stark contrast as they laid out their vision for solving California’s daunting water challenges.
Jerry Brown state that the central focus of any plan to build new water infrastructure should be based on the beneficiary pays principles. The proposed November 2012 water bond, instead, dumps the cost of building new water infrastructure on all California taxpayers. He echoed the No on the Bond coalition’s call that all parties, including Delta voices, be brought to the table.
Brown said: “As far as the peripheral canal, of course I in 1981 brought the Legislature together and had a peripheral canal bill that would have brought water to Southern California.
No on the Water Bond is a coalition of consumer, education, environmental, fishing, farming, tribal, community and social justice organizations opposed to the water bond that will be on the statewide ballot in November.