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“These are not personal legacies, he insists, merely what California needs to prosper sustainably during the remainder of the 21st century. And pushing them from the drawing board into physical reality, he says, is just doing the job he was elected to do in 2010.
“Never mind that the tunnels are supported by virtually no one except construction unions and two giant water districts whose financial commitments are growing shakier by the day because many clients don’t see enough benefit to offset the immense cost. Never mind that federal environmental regulators have branded the tunnels as destructive to the estuary’s fragile habitat.
“’I’m here to deal with a challenge, which I didn’t invent,’ Brown insisted in a recent presentation to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the tunnels’ major sponsors.
“The other big sponsor, Westlands Water District, has spent millions of its farmer-members’ money on tunnel plans, but has told the state it won’t cough up any more money until the project’s uncertainties are resolved.”