Just a few more updates on the delta questions. Did anyone see the news tonight with Schwarzenegger and Feinstein and their associates flying around in a helicopter? Well, Arnold and Diane got to speak on camera. Pombo stood in the background looking concerned.
I will give credit to KGO TV (ABC Channel 7 from San Francisco) and Mark Matthews for their coverage. Mostly, they allowed Feinstein to mention the fact that a significant number of new homes have been built in the Delta. Then, they showed a segment where Dr. Mount (UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences) talked about that problem. Of course, Dr. Mount was fired from the Board of Reclamation by Arnold and his replacements said that the local governments needed the tax revenue from the new construction to pay for the levee upgrades to protect the existing people. Huh???
Finally, I want to reference Dan Bacher at the Fish Sniffer for his fine comments about the plans for delta water use. First, read this: Anglers Rise Up Against Delta Exports At Stockton SDIP Hearing. I mentioned before the effect that the fishing public might have on this situation, and the election. I think I am right though not very original. George Miller had the same thought. I understand that Dan plans to attend Pombo's hearing in Stockton next Monday. Even the California Delta Chambers and Visitor's Bureau has an announcement of this hearing on their Web Site.
Actually, having seen the witness list, the right people are there. If Pombo plays it straight, does not try to use it as a platform to push any pre-defined agenda, he might come out all right. However, that has not been the history of the manner in which the Resources Commitee runs their hearings.