Sorry, my fellow environmentalists, we have to build the delta tunnels

Metropolitan is voting whether to spend more than $4 billion on the project, increasing local water bills by $2 to $3 a month.

Opinion Op-Ed Op-Ed Sorry, my fellow environmentalists, we have to build the delta tunnels Rich Pedroncelli / AP Gov. Jerry Brown before a 2012 news conference to announce plans to build a tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. Gov. Jerry Brown before a 2012 news conference to announce plans to build a tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP) Emily Green Environmentalists are adamant in their objections to moving water from Northern California south. They took a stand against the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta peripheral canal project in 1982, and they are against the delta tunnels project (the California WaterFix) now. I count myself an environmentalist but my position has long been less a stand than a crouch. I think the tunnels (or some form of them) are necessary but for years have preferred to let the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California take the heat for promoting them.

LA Mayor takes money from big ag backers of Delta Tunnels

Los Angeles Times reporters Andy McCullough and Dylan Hernandez talk sweep and what is next for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.Two 35-mile-long tunnels would carry the water under the Delta to the southern pump.

More: LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all the water) “Will the Mayor finally drop the Resnicks’ Pom Poms and denounce the Delta Tunnels as a scam for Los Angeles to pay for big agribusinesses’ access to water?” said consumer advocate Liza Tucker. “Anybody has to wonder how much of Garcetti’s refusal to protect ratepayers and the public has to do with future political aspirations and keeping the donation spigot flowing.”

The Resnicks are major proponents of the tunnels. They have contributed $5 million to state and federal office-holders over the last two decades, including to Senator Dianne Feinstein, according to The Guardian. Garcetti is holding a fundraiser for Feinstein this week. Feinstein has supported growers in the central valley, including the billionaire Resnicks.

Metropolitan Water District officials say the tunnels allow water managers to sidestep some seasonal water pumping restrictions.

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The $17 billion project promises to help maintain the flow of water from the state water project by easing pressure on endangered fish populations in the delta.the Mayor’s Fund via The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. According to its website, the foundation has also donated $11 million to the Public Policy Institute of California, which has churned out pro-tunnel studies. Goldman Sachs, which made a financing presentation to the Westlands Water District before that district pulled out of the Delta Tunnels project, has contributed $400,000 to the Mayor’s Fund.state’s auditor late last week.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Game 3 of the National League division series on Monday to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Santa Rosa is hit hard as fires swept through Sonoma and Napa counties.Powerful corporations also interested in financing the Delta Tunnels or in engineering them, have made behested donations to Garcetti’s Mayoral Fund and to other causes and campaigns of the mayor’s.

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