Welcome to the groundbreaking — watch for snakes and squirrels

By: Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

• With U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, three Congressional representatives and several (I lost count) state legislators present for the groundbreaking of a 500-foot pipe, who will they bring in for the groundbreaking of the 42-mile peripheral canal?

• Reporters hate covering groundbreakings, simply because they’re staged events. Got a snicker, though, when I was handed an ”information sheet” warning attendees of the potential dangers associated with this white-tent and sliced-cake event (water hazard in the California Aqueduct; potential for snakes, lizards, mice and ground squirrels; graveled ceremony site, so watch your footing). A rattlesnake in the tent would’ve really stirred things up.


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