Oakley City Councilman and Assembly District 11 Candidate Jim Frazier made an addition to his campaign website today with an opportunity to sign a petition to help block HR1837.
In play right now is House Resolution 1837, proposed by Reps. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and Jeff Denham of Atwater. It would explicitly favor one set of water users – farmers on the west side of the southern San Joaquin Valley – over all the others.
I would now encourage the City of Oakley to join Mr. Frazier to help block Southern California from this water grab and to become leaders in the fight against this resolution. As someone who loves the Delta, we do not need to send more water down to Southern California for the wrong reasons–I am all for sharing, but not under this irresponsible plan and special interests.
Politics aside, this is a petition that each resident of Oakley and Northern California should sign. You can sign the petition by clicking on the link: http://peoplebeforepolitics.org/stop.php
Check out what other local leaders are saying about this House Resolution.
Rep. John Garamendi of Walnut Grove calls the bill “outright theft of water by Westlands Water District.”
Rep. George Miller of Martinez believes the bill “throws a live grenade into all the bipartisan, north-south negotiations resulting from legislative efforts in the last couple of years.”
Although I do not agree with Congressman Jerry McNereny on a lot of things, his statement on Feb. 15 is spot on. The below statement comes directly from his website:
McNerney Calls Water Legislation Unconscionable
Feb. 15, 2012
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jerry McNerney issued the following statement today in response to the pending committee markup of H.R. 1837:
“This bill is yet another example of a water scheme created behind closed doors and without the input of the Delta communities. Any legislation that will forever affect the Delta must include the input of the people who reside there and rely on a healthy Delta for their livelihoods.
“This bill is deeply-flawed, and it will rob the Delta of clean water and reduce the quality of the water that remains. To steal water from one community to benefit another is unconscionable and would have disastrous consequences for the Delta communities.
“This is yet another example of how greedy water exporters and their allies will stop at nothing to achieve their goals with total disregard for the disastrous consequences for the Delta.
“I will continue to call for fair solutions that include the input of all stakeholders, and to stand with the families, farmers, and small business owners who rely on the Delta for their economic security.”
Read the Resolution in full