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CA Political Developments

November 7, 2009
  • The legislature passed a water deal. It’s got a 20% conservation mandate and increased illegal water diversion penalties, which are pros to me. A $11 billion bond which will be spent on improvements including water conservation, delta restoration and water storage (a.k.a dams) will be paid for by the general fund. Some critics have said that the bond should be paid for by those that benefit from the improvements, i.e. Big Agriculture and Southern California water districts, but, looking at how the money will be allocated, it seems that almost two-thirds of the money will be spent on environmental and ecological projects. While I do believe that those who gain should pay, all Californians gain from an improved environment so I’m not overly concerned about this.
  • Gavin Newsom dropped out of the gubernatorial race. While his candidacy was always a long shot, it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to continue long enough to force Jerry Brown to stake out some progressive positions before the general election. Jerry Brown ran for president in the early 90’s with a flat tax as part of his platform, a ridiculously regressive idea. Unless Dianne Feinstein or another big-name candidate gets in the race, we’ll ahve to wait until the general election to see which Jerry Brown is running.
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