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Jun 25, 2015
FPV Taking Part in Two Drought Discussions
Families Protecting the Valley Board Member Kole Upton and Executive Director John Broeske will take part in two different drought discussions today and tomorrow in Fresno. ... more

Jun 25, 2015
Where's the Water Going?
The State Water Project exported just 5% of Delta water since May 1. ... more

Jun 15, 2015
Why We're Where We Are!
This point of view isn't what most of the people of California are hearing from their elected officials. ... more
Recent California Water News

Brown Pegs Water Project at $14B

May 18, 2012

Sacramento Bee

David Siders

Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview televised this morning that the water project he proposes this year will be a $14 billion endeavor.

The Democratic governor's remark suggests the administration is fine-tuning its proposal for a peripheral canal or other way to move water through or around the Delta, even as a public announcement has been delayed. In January, Brown said the project would cost water users "well over $10 billion."

Brown was on "CBS This Morning" to promote his November ballot initiative to raise taxes and to defend the budget he revised on Monday. The state budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion from the $9.2 billion Brown estimated in January.

"California is growing," Brown said in an interview taped Thursday. "This is not Europe ... We're very entrepreneurial, very innovative, and people are still coming here. You know, this is where they put in, they invented Facebook. Not in Texas, not in Arizona. Not in Manhattan, and certainly not under the, you know, the White House or the Congress. This is still the Wild West, and we're going to prove to the rest of this country and the world that we know how to do it."

Told by CBS' Charlie Rose that Facebook was invented in Cambridge, Mass., Brown said that after tinkering there, "they learned fast to get on a plane and get out to California, where all the other innovative people are."

Brown's comments about the water project came as he defended another multi-billion infrastructure project: high-speed rail.

"California's not stopping," Brown said. "We're not some tired country of Europe. We're a buoyant, dynamic society that will both discipline itself on a daily basis, but it will, on the long term, plant the seeds of future growth."

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Jun 29, 2015
More Nut Trees!
I see acres of lush green lawns on the property of local almond barons in addition to their young, green almond trees. ... more

Jun 09, 2015
Seizing Land
Farms are being cut in half, property taken at below value in many locations across the state. ... more

Jun 09, 2015
HSR VS Hop a Plane
Uhhh...this is a boondoggle deluxe and a complete waste of taxpayer money. ... more

Jun 09, 2015
HSR 1980's Technology
Really, it's a stupid idea that should be scrapped. ... more

Jun 06, 2015
Fantasy Train Derailed?
But what happens when they get into dense urban areas like the LA basin?…or even worse the Bay area, the land of uber nimbyism? ... more

Jun 02, 2015
Fighting Among Ourselves
It seems we've only had projects that reduce water supply like removing dams and sending more fresh water into the ocean. ... more

Jun 01, 2015
1914 Rights
If we're going to look at water rights, let's get it over with. ... more

Jun 01, 2015
Little Substance?
Once you get past the idyllic memories of her past you are left with little of substance. ... more

Jun 01, 2015
Drought-Shaming
Others haven't been here so long, but see something worth hanging onto that they'd like to pass on to their kids and grandkids. ... more
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