Members of the Reedley City Council — Bob Beck in particular — didn’t mince words in response to a June 26 presentation by a proponent of the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 that is on the ballot for the November election.
Dominic Figueroa, a campaign coordinator for Proposition 3 — an $8.9 billion water bond measure meant to follow up on Proposition 1 funding from 2014 — talked to the council in a presentation where he hoped to secure city support by either a vote or proclamation.
Beck wasted no time in telling Figueroa where he stood on the issue.
“I was sold in Temperance Flat, the last water bond, because we were going to get water storage,” he said. “This one doesn’t talk anything at all about water storage. We need water storage here.
“This is not going to walk with me if we don’t have storage.”
Beck emphasized how the promised support of the additional dam above Friant Dam was short-circuited by lack of state support. He said legislators and state water representatives cut back plans for funding, all but killing a Temperance Flat project.
“We haven’t had an infrastructure built in this area since the early 1950s,” Beck said as Council Member Mary Fast mentioned 1956 in particular. “They took that away with us. We were told that was all taken care of, that it was in [the plans]. It gets up [to Sacramento] and they go ‘Oh, the language is wrong.’ You’re telling me to believe again.”
Beck also blasted the water bond and previous propositions with never actually addressing the water quality crisis in disadvantaged communities.
“When are you going to go out into these disadvantaged communities and fix their water problem?
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