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January 19, 2012

In comments that went almost unnoticed, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) spoke to the $11B Water Bond proposal that is slated to go before voters in November.

The measure, officially titled “The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012,” was originally on the November 2010 ballot, but was postponed by then Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature for the stated reason of not wanting it to be rejected, but other issues were believed by many to also be at play.

If voters approve the water bond, it will allow the state government to borrow $11.1 billion to overhaul the state’s water system.

In an interview with KQED the speaker stated “$11 billion is, I think, higher than voters would be willing to support right now,” said Speaker Pérez. “And there are superfluous projects that are included in that water bond that would be nice to have, but aren’t crucial. Pérez cited water storage as the key need, and blamed the need for a supermajority vote on a bond measure as the reason that the package became too large.

Water storage and an overhaul of the water delivery system is a key need. We support the water bond as is and urge the Governor and Legislature to get behind this critical measure and work to see it passed by voters this year.

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