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Senator pushes for revote on Temperance Flat rating

Vidak says original decision gave the appearance of vote-rigging.

State Sen. Andy Vidak has sent a letter to the California Water Commission urging them to revote on the Temperance Flat Reservoir (TFR) project’s rating. He highlighted the fact that during the vote there were only 7 out of 9 commissioners present, one of which still needs to be appointed by the Governor, and that this gave the appearance of vote rigging.

The language in the Prop 1 Bill stated that $2.7 billion allocation was for water storage projects with an emphasis on Sites and Temperance Flat Reservoir. This makes it even more difficult to accept the low public benefit ratio rating from the Water Commission, the Republican senator asserts. He stated in his letter that “when the Bond package was developed, at the forefront of the discussions was the need to improve our aging infrastructure and address our increasing population. Proposition 1 was drafted to address these issues by funding new major surface water storage projects and upgrading California’s existing water system to prepare for future droughts and floods.”

You can read the full letter here.

Vidak is a Visalia cherry farmer.

Source: California Citrus Mutual

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