Editorial: Oakland Tribune, 09/06/2009

AFTER FAILING to pass a balanced budget and failing to reach a workable state prisoner-reduction plan, legislative leaders and the governor are now rushing to pass a water reform package that also is flirting with failure.

It appears that the underlying purpose of the legislation is to build an updated version of the Peripheral Canal around the Delta to divert water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

We understand that some new form of conveyance is needed to assure reliable deliveries of fresh water to the 25 million Californians who rely on trans-Delta water, whether it be a canal or underground aqueduct….

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