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Garamendi assesses Jerry Brown’s twin tunnel project

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Garamendi’s take on the tunnels

Rep. John Garamendi dropped by our editorial board on Tuesday and offered his latest assessment of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 30-mile twin-tunnels plan to push water around the Delta:

“It’s time for a Plan B.”

Garamendi, never a fan of the $15 billion project, views it as too big, too costly, and too big a target for lawsuits.

But complicating the project, the Obama administration will have left office without having granted federal permits for the tunnels.

“Not even close,” Garamendi said of the federal permits. And no one has any read on how Donald Trump’s Interior Department might view the project.

Garamendi broke from most other Northern California Democrats last week by voting for the big water legislation authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield.

Brown still has not offered an assessment of the bill. But Garamendi said the legislation would open the way for tunnel alternatives.

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