Over the past two decades, the fight between the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority has eaten up the time and energy of countless water bureaucrats and cost water customers across Southern California tens of millions of dollars. Now that fight has led to a rebellion in the Water Authority’s own backyard. As a result, the Water Authority may no longer be able to count on a phalanx of its board members to publicly support the anti-Metropolitan rhetoric and policies that have been the cornerstone of the agency’s ethos for much of recent history.
Archive for date: October 10th, 2017
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Southern California’s powerful water agency committed more than $4 billion to the Delta tunnels Tuesday, giving the troubled plan a desperately needed vote of confidence. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms. The vote was 69 percent to 22 percent under Metropolitan’s voting system, which gives more weight to the largest cities, with the rest abstaining.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana that routinely fouls South Bay beaches. “Enough is enough,” Supervisor Greg Cox, whose district includes border region with Mexico, said in a statement. “We’ve exhausted all our efforts to resolve this terrible situation and it’s time we force those responsible to once and for all fix this problem.”
The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort. Senate Bill 507, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Assembly member Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, reallocates one-time funds previously designated for use by San Diego County under the Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act.
Southern California’s largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project. The closely watched vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward.
The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s much-debated plan to build two giant tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to shore up the state’s water supplies. The Los Angeles-based MWD, Southern California’s water wholesaler, agreed to commit $4.3 billion toward the $17 billion California WaterFix project, despite claims by critics that the project will drive up residents’ water bills as high as $16 a month. Approval of the project ultimately lies with the state’s water boards, and if enough water districts do not vote to fund the tunnels, they will not be built.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out Tuesday against Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin Delta tunnels project to carry water southward, saying he preferred just one tunnel. Speaking at the Sacramento Press Club, the Democrat said he told the governor that he was taking the “Jerry Brown approach,” meaning making the correct, not the expedient, policy decision.