2 lawmakers vote ‘no’ on California water bond

A Republican and a Democrat vote against compromise water bond agreement.

Published on August 15, 2014 10:15AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While California lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their approval of a $7.5 billion water spending plan to go before voters in November, two lawmakers cast votes against it Wednesday night.

— Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, a former gubernatorial candidate, said the plan did not include enough money for reservoirs and water storage, although Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats agreed to boost it to $2.7 billion to appease Republican lawmakers, who originally sought $3 billion. He also objected to its bond financing, which he said will saddle the state with billions in debt.

“Gov. Jerry Brown claims we have a surplus, so use that money to fund the water storage and conveyance we desperately need,” he said in a statement.

— Democratic Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro of Arcata told The Associated Press he fears the Trinity River in his North Coast district will be diverted to fill reservoirs without $1 million in protections he had sought to include in the bond. He said without that funding, protecting area rivers, fish and the economy of the North Coast “was not much of a priority in the measure that will be placed on the November ballot.”


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