Two weeks before President Barack Obama leaves office, his administration vowed to move full speed ahead on California’s controversial Delta tunnels project, calling it essential for the state’s water supply as well as its environment.
State officials on Thursday released the environmental documents for California WaterFix, Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Proposition 53, an effort to limit California’s use of revenue bonds for large infrastructure projects, has narrowly failed. Gov. Jerry Brown campaigned hard against the initiative, which threatened his legacy projects, including the high-speed rail.
Gov. Jerry Brown says California’s Proposition 53 would raise the cost of critical projects including roads, bridges and hospitals. He also criticized the measure for being funded by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi.
California Gov. Jerry Brown and other opponents of Proposition 53 to restrict revenue bonds – pushed by Stockton-area agribusinessman Dean “Dino” Cortopassi – have taken in almost $6 million over the last week. Delta tunnels and bullet train projects could be affected by Prop. 53.
Proposition 53, backed by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dino Cortopassi, would require voter approval before California can issue more than $2 billion of revenue bonds for a single state project. This ad against it misleadingly imagines a worst-case scenario to suggest that the measure could have a broad impact on California infrastructure.
The 87-foot paddlewheel boat The Spirit of Sacramento began taking on water late Saturday night and capsized early Sunday morning near Bethel Island in Contra Costa County, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been working with a private salvage company to find out the best way to remove the 87-foot boat. An afternoon meeting is scheduled between the Coast Guard and Global Diving and Salvage of Vallejo.
The privately owned paddlewheeler Spirit of Sacramento capsized in the Delta early Sunday, with the potential to spill as much as 600 gallons of diesel fuel. Now federal, state and local agencies are in containment and salvage mode.