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What's holding California back from a water deal?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2009

A slim majority (51%) also said there should be "fundamental changes" in the Constitution. But 69% objected to reducing the legislative vote requirement for a tax increase to a simple majority. And 51% even opposed lowering the required budget vote from two-thirds to a majority.

But these shackles on the Legislature aren't what's holding it back from a water deal. It's decades-old conflicts between agricultural, urban and environmental interests. There are still disputes over groundwater monitoring, water rights guarantees, who controls the delta water spigot and the size of a construction bond. Web Link

The field poll was commissioned for a sold-out daylong conference called "Getting to Reform: Avenues to Constitutional Change in California," sponsored by UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West and Sacramento State's Center for California Studies.



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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

We need to require of the "environmental" concerns the same level of honesty and scholarship we demand of farm and urban users. Feelings cannot be given equal weight with verifiable data.


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