Stop Gov. Brown’s sleazy last-minute Delta tunnels bid

Hearing this morning would enable extending the state’s water contracts for 50 years without a single vote

Editorial, San Jose Mercury News | In what would be the sleaziest maneuver of Jerry Brown’s tenure, a legislative committee suddenly has rescheduled a hearing [for this] morning that would allow the state to move forward with the governor’s $19.9 billion Delta tunnels water grab. Without a vote of the Legislature, without a vote of the people, and without legislative oversight.

Appalling doesn’t begin to describe this end run of ratepayers, voters and their elected representatives on the next-to-last-day of the legislative session. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, and state Senate President Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, had canceled the original Aug. 14 hearing after this newspaper and others raised objections. Rendon and Atkins deserve to be labeled gutless if they now allow this charade to proceed.

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Brown will get his way if the Assembly and Senate’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee follows through with its plan to hold the 8 a.m. session.

Early this morning, call Rendon (916-319-2063) and Atkins (916-651-4039) and demand that they cancel today’s hearing.

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