Denham sends our water to Westlands
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