Gov. Gavin Newsom began his term with a quixotic act of well-intentioned malfeasance: he proposed voluntary agreement as the solution for California’s water problems. The price: the coming extinction for one or more fish species in the Delta. He now seems to be returning to court, the only place the people have a chance against the lawless Westlands Water District and its lobbyist, David Bernhardt, secretary of Interior, and the malignant narcissist on top of the manure pile.
I believe that Ms. Boxall, veteran LA Times water reporter, has asked the wrong question in this article and for that reason got some irrelevant answers. Butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of some of the bigshots she interviewed. They might sing a different tune with a different president.
The question ought to have been: Is this why Gov. Newsom vetoed SB1, the legislative bill to restore pre-Trump standards to federal environmental law and regulation in California?
We’ve read extensively about California state Senate Bill 1, an approach to resisting Trump and Bernhardt’s gutting of the federal Endangered Species Act, other environmental acts and their enforcement by federal resource agencies. Not that the federal government has ever been good at enforcing the environmental laws Congress passed, regardless of which party was in power.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said raising the dam was bad for the environment.
“The court has stopped Westlands Water District from moving forward with a project that would hurt the people and environment in our state,” Becerra said in a news release.
“Maybe others believe they’re above the law and can get away with it. But, in California, we’re prepared to prove otherwise,” he said. – Arthur, Redding Searchlight, Aug. 1. 2019
Judge orders Westlands to stop work on Shasta Dam raise