For several dry-sky, crop-withering months, we have been hearing about a water bond.
Gov. Jerry Brown detailed a $6 billion plan last week on his campaign website, prompting criticism from Republicans that more money is needed. Senate Republicans released a new $8.7 billion dollar blueprint, prompting criticism from Democrats that the GOP already rejected a proposal with ample storage money. Environmentalists weighed in with a $6 billion pitch. The Association of California Water Agencies and the Nature Conservancy circulated a poll saying the $11.1 billion bond currently on the ballot (it was approved by the Legislature back in 2009) is doomed.
All the while, the election draws closer. While deadlines are ultimately arbitrary given the Legislature’s ability to waive them, legislators have made mid-August the latest drop-dead target. A few people are hopeful a deal emerges by the end of the week. The ever-shifting debate so far should make you skeptical of that claim, but we’ll be watching.