In 2008, Wealthy Stockton-area farmer and food processor Dean Cortopassi came out against proposals then to move water around the Delta. “I will fight to the death to protect the Delta, because I love it,” he said then.
He and his wife, Joan, have now bankrolled the “No Blank Checks Initiative” ballot effort, which will be on the November 2016 ballot. The Sacramento Bee article calls passing the measure a “New hurdle for Delta tunnels,” because it could erect a significant political hurdle for Brown’s plans to build the Delta tunnels.
A Pro-Tunnels group admits, “It would be very problematic for ‘creating a secure water supply in California,’ ” where ‘creating a secure water supply in California,’ is pro-tunnel-speak meaning problematic for building the Tunnels. That’s good news!
However, Brown and his Delta Tunnel advocates are already out marketing against the proposal, saying it is too broad and could slow down even road and other projects. They’ve already got the Building and Trades Council (a group that stands to make a lot of money from projects like the High Speed Rail and the Delta Tunnels) to “mount an aggressive campaign to defeat this misleading initiative.” and others calling the measure “called the measure “both deceptive and dangerous.”
Since these are the people that have been deceptive and dishonest about the real purpose of the Tunnels (making money), I hope the measure will pass. Anything that puts hurdles in the way of the Delta Tunnels and other overgrown projects like the High Speed Rail is a good thing, to me.