Feinstein or the LA Times?

Last Friday, we praised Senator Dianne Feinstein for her efforts to allow additional water deliveries into the California State Water Project. Today, the LA Times condemns her for this action, at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-feinstein17-2010feb17,0,2472129.story.
In this editorial, the LA Times asserts that Feinstein’s legislation “would blow apart the trust built up among competing stakeholders during years of negotiations preceding last year’s water package.” There are definitely “competing stakeholders,” that have spent “years of negotiations,” but there is hardly any trust in this process. And that is why, after three decades of negotiations, not a single thing of any consequence has been achieved. And this is what the LA Times thinks must be saved at all costs!
Talk, talk, talk. Followed by wasted massive bond issue after wasted massive bond issue. And still no hint – or hope – of any resolution to the crisis in the State’s water system. How could the LA Times endorse this status quo?
Simply stated, there has been one clear winner throughout the three decades of wrangling over water: the environmentalist movement. The environment is clearly not a winner, even though the environmentalist movement has dictated how the water system will be operated for several years. Guess who the LA Times supports in this fight – certainly not the farmers that Senator Feinstein is looking to help.
Comically, the LA Times states that the Central Valley has “long been beset by chronic unemployment. Moreover … the vast majority of the region’s job losses have been in the construction industry, not agriculture.” Agriculture is the basis of the economy of this region. If there is no work in agriculture, of course there will be no construction!
It is way past time to do something to solve the myriad of problems facing this State’s water system, especially the Sacramento River Delta. More aging levees will fail soon, the agricultural economy of the State is being hammered, drinking water quality is being deteriorated, water supplies for cities and industries are being threatened, fisheries are being depleted, AND the environment in the Delta continues to deteriorate. This is what the LA Times is endorsing by trashing Senator Feinstein’s efforts.
Perhaps the environmentalists that have been running – and ruining – the water system don’t really care about the environment at all. Their control of the water system has led to near-disaster conditions for the environment they purport to be protecting.
Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. The management of California’s water system certainly would be classified as “insane” under this definition.
And this insanity is fine with the LA Times.

2 Responses to Feinstein or the LA Times?

  1. avatar Bob Ostrove says:

    I was having a hard time remembering the last time Dianne Feinstein did something with which I agreed. If the LA Times is against it, then she must be right. That lousy paper is on the wrong side of every issue. It is the Tim McCarver of newspapers: Wrong every single time.

  2. avatar Steve McLean says:

    This from loyal follower and noted Tim McCarver "fan", Bob Ostrove!

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