Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion California water bond on the statewide ballot has nearly unanimous support from newspaper editorial boards. California’s largest newspapers have all issued endorsements of the YES on Prop 1 campaign, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the U-T San Diego, the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News and the Orange County Register.
Mark Stone was part of the huge freshman class that was elected to the State Assembly in 2012. Prior to that he was on the board of supervisors for Santa Cruz County and also served on the California Coastal Commission.
The House of Representatives and Senate recessed on September 18 in order to allow individual members to make their final push for reelection this year. While seven weeks remain before election day, Congress has left Washington with much work left undone.
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of three bills that establishes a new structure for managing groundwater in the state. According to the Governor’s press release, AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319 “create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California history.” Western Growers and numerous agriculture groups opposed the collective of bills and recently sent a letter to the governor asking for a veto of the package.
Western Growers, and a coalition of 30 agriculture organizations, are asking Governor Jerry Brown to veto recently passed groundwater legislation. As Spotlight previously reported, in the final hours before it concluded its business for the year, the California Legislature approved three measures that make up a package of groundwater regulation legislation. AB 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), SB 1168 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and SB 1319 (Pavley) all passed with small margins as members from both parties objected to the complex content of the bills as well as the rush to pass them.
The House of Representatives passed a bill today that delays implementation of a rule defining what constitutes “waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS. Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement in advance of today’s vote supporting the measure:
Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement in support of H.R. 5078, a bill that would delay action on EPA’s Water of the U.S. Rule:
"Western Growers members strongly believe in the value of clean water, but we also believe that in administering the Clean Water Act the EPA and Army Corps must do so with outmost input from state and local officials. HR 5078 intends to ensure that before a new rule for the Clean Water Act can be issued that proper state and local consultation be taken. Western Growers supports this effort and passage of this bill."