STOCKTON – The guy hired to run the sound system got the last word at a meeting Tuesday about the fate of the Delta and water exports to the south.

“I’m from Southern California, and this is the first time I’ve heard about any of this, really,” John Stringfield told members of the new Delta Stewardship Council. “You should probably spread the word a little bit more in Southern California so we know what your needs are. … I’m just saying. …”

An audience full of Delta defenders applauded. They know exactly what the ramifications are as the council writes a plan that could determine the Delta’s destiny through the end of this century.

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