[env-trinity] Magic Kingdom Meets Water Barons' Sleight-of-Hand
danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Thu May 6 15:44:21 PDT 2010
Magic Kingdom Meets Water Barons' Sleight-of-Hand
by Dan Bacher
A trip to Disneyland is always fun, right?
Maybe not... that's if you have to listen to a comedian/grower,
southern California water agency hacks and others talk about the need
to export more water from the California Delta at the expense of
imperiled Central Valley salmon, Delta smelt and other fish
populations by building a peripheral canal and new dams.
"On May 14, you could take a working vacation to attend the 3rd
Annual OC (Orange County) Water Summit at the Grand Californian Hotel
at the Disneyland Resort," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla,
campaign director of Restore the Delta.
The event, entitled "Capture the Flow," is sponsored by the
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). "California
continues to confront significant challenges to its water future – an
outdated water system, severe water supply shortages due to drought,
and regulatory restrictions on water deliveries," the event's press
release proclaims. "Our water delivery system was built a generation
ago to meet the needs of 16 million people – it now strains to meet
the needs of 38 million. Business owners, policy makers, and
community leaders need information and resources to continue to
The speakers are Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez; Paul Rodriguez
("actor, comedian, and water activist"); Joel Kotkin, author of "The
Next Hundred Million: America in 2050"; Robert Boller, Vice President
of Sustainability for Kendall-Jackson Winery; and Curt Schmute
("expert on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta").
"Mr. Schmute acquired his expertise on the Delta as the Principal
Engineer and Water Resources Manager for Metropolitan Water
District," said Barrigan-Parrilla.
"The cost is $125," said Barrigan-Parrilla. "Of course, you might not
want to pay $125 to hear Paul Rodriguez tell you why agribusiness
needs more water."
Rodriguez, a comedian and San Joaquin Valley fruit grower, is the
spokesperson for the Latino Water Coalition, an astroturf group
serving as a front for corporate agribusiness. The group was formed
at the suggestion of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during a meeting
with agribusiness interests. The group has relentlessly lobbied for a
peripheral canal and new dams and more water exports for the San
Joaquin Valley's Corporate Welfare Queens.
In a bizzare incident last week, Rodriguez claimed that
Schwarzenegger had appointed him to the California Water Commission,
a claim that Schwarzenegger denied.
"When Paul Rodriguez announced last week, prematurely, that he had
been appointed to the California Water Commission, he may have
inadvertently tipped off environmentalist and Senate Democrats to get
ready for battle," according to Malcolm Maclachlan in the Capitol
For more information about the Latino Water Coalition, read Lloyd
Carter's excellent article: http://www.lloydgcarter.com/content/
090629251_the-pr-firm-from-hell. More information is also available
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