July 18, 2014

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs down to state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, for voting against a $10.5 billion water bond proposal that would have included $3 billion in surface storage. Senate Bill 848 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, also would provide $70 million specifically for communities that lack safe drinking water. As Vidak, in particular, supports new dams and safe clean water for rural communities, we are puzzled by his vote, which contributed to the bill's failing to get the needed two-thirds majority. Perhaps Vidak and Berryhill were following orders from Republican leaders, but Wolk's bill makes sense for the San Joaquin Valley and the state.

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