The initiative puts people and food first when it comes to using water, on the very day it is passed. In addition, the initiative begins the process of fixing our long-term water problems by increasing storage capacity for all water uses — families, farms and the environment — and it does so without raising taxes.

In a Nutshell: Solutions

The proposed measure accomplishes five important and desperately needed objectives:

  1. It puts people and food security first in uses of water by making them top priorities in the California Constitution.
  2. It applies $10.8 billion previously approved by voters for High Speed Rail and Water Storage to new water facilities that will serve Californians for a lifetime.
  3. It puts project selection and operating decisions in the hands of elected regional water experts representing the entire state instead of in the hands of political appointees with agendas contrary to what the people want or decisions and interpretations by the courts.
  4. It protects and preserves the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Estuary with co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.
  5. It creates no new debt or new tax burdens on the State or on taxpayers, but it puts people and food production first.

Reality Check: People First

When we travel to other planets we are looking for water. Because water means life. But here in California our elected officials seem to have missed that bigger picture. When it comes to using our scarce water, politicians and government bureaucrats have not put people first. It’s time to change that.

This ballot initiative states when it comes to using water, the first priority is people. The second priority is growing food.  It seems absurd we need to pass a ballot initiative that spells out the best use of water, but that’s California.

Setting Priorities

This initiative costs taxpayers not one dime. It will take existing money and use it for a better purpose, for our state and for our people.

We expect our elected officials to set priorities to solve our problems. Instead they chase dreams.

Trains are nice, and even better if they can be built and actually connect communities, that the current high-speed rail proposal fails to do. But water is a priority for survival. And that’s where we are today in California, fighting for survival.