Den­ham sends our water to West­lands

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Re “Trump signs Den­ham’s water projects bill” (Page 1A, Oct. 24): The Bee fea­tured a pic­ture of Jeff Den­ham with Don­ald Trump, Mike Pence and oth­ers at a sign­ing cer­e­mony for Amer­ica’s Water In­fra­struc­ture Act of 2018 – one of a se­ries of photo-ops Den­ham has re­cently staged with Trump func­tionar­ies as he finds him­self in a tough race against a smarter, stronger, bet­ter-ed­u­cated ri­val.

This act would be more ac­cu­rately called “The Sur­ren­der of Our NorCal Water Act.” Den­ham por­trays him­self as an ad­vo­cate for lo­cal water, but he con­tin­ues to push ship­ping our water to the south San Joaquin Val­ley agri-busi­ness in­ter­ests he re­ally rep­re­sents, such as West­lands Water District. He pre­tends he is se­cur­ing lo­cal water, but he’s ac­tu­ally paving the way to send our water south, by­pass­ing the Delta and mak­ing up the dif­fer­ence with water from the Stanis­laus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

Den­ham is aligned with David Val­adao, Devin Nunes and his good friend Kevin McCarthy of Kern County, who will de­mand Den­ham’s co­op­er­a­tion in the water grab. A Kern water com­mi­sioner told me a year ago: “We will get your water; it’s just a mat­ter of time.” Wait til you’re out be­fore you start lob­by­ing, Jeff!

– Jim Autry, Modesto

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