REP. JOHN GARAMENDI (D-Calif.): “This is plumbing before policy. This proposal doesn’t develop one gallon of new water.” JEFF MICHAEL: I found that the project had an average of $2.50 in cost for every $1 in economic benefits to the state of California. It’s a terrible investment. It has to be one of the worst investments every considered for a major infrastructure project in the state.
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SAN DIEGO – Team 10 examined how the regional agency that sends water to Southern California spent rate payer money over a five-month period.
The findings include employee reimbursements approved despite lost receipts, thousands of dollars spent on flying an executive to business meetings from his out-of-state home, and a new public relations position based downtown.
Over Troubled Waters is a documentary released this summer, and it’s about two things: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and planned multibillion-dollar water transfer project. In 1982, voters overturned a similar Peripheral Canal project. The plan is back, this time as underground tunnels costing billions. LA ratepayers will foot the bills and speculators will get the water. It is about privatizing water at our expense—the public—the taxpayers—the ratepayers expense. Our Story