FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrew AcostaRestore the Delta Blasts Legislature for
Boondoggle Water Deal
November 4, 2009 (916) 444-8897
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, campaign director for Restore the Delta,
issued the following statement regarding the water deal that was passed early
this morning by lawmakers:
"The water package that passed
in the dead of night epitomizes the dysfunction that has gripped our
Legislative process," Barrigan-Parilla said. "The package lost any semblance of
rational debate and turned into a pork festival with the water bond ballooning
to over $11 billion dollars. With our state already facing a massive debt
and more red ink on the horizon, how can we afford this?"
"In addition, the one bill that would have required a full fiscal analysis and
a vote of the state legislature before the peripheral canal could be built,
Huber-AB 13 7x, was killed by Legislative leadership because Southern
California water interests viewed it as a 'distraction.' Since when is it
a distraction to require fiscal analysis?"
"We will continue to use
every means possible to oppose this package which sets in motion the canal and
allows an unelected body to make key decisions that will impact our Delta
Communities, while we are left on the sidelines," Barrigan-Parilla concluded.
"It's no wonder Californians have such a low opinion of their elected