Valley residents head to Sacramento to lobby for water

The Fresno BeeJanuary 15, 2014 

Hundreds of San Joaquin Valley people will ride buses to the State Capitol Thursday to voice concerns about the drought crisis and support future water fixes.

The water rally is organized by the California Latino Water Coalition, the NAACP, League of Cities Latino Caucus and Nisei Farmers League. The event will include door-to-door visits and a news conference.

The groups support this year's $11 billion water bond, which will be on the ballot in November. The bond had been certified for the 2012 ballot, but it was bumped to 2014.

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, is scheduled to be part of the rally.

"California is experiencing some of the driest conditions on record and we need to ensure Central Valley residents and businesses and millions of others throughout California have reliable access to water," Perea said.

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