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.
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.