Political infighting slows water funds

first_imgIn the special session, Schwarzenegger is asking lawmakers to place another $10 billion in water bonds on the 2008 ballot. But that proposal has stalled in the Legislature as Democrats dispute the need to spend billions of dollars on additional dam and water storage projects. Schwarzenegger has recently offered to compromise by cutting about $1.5 billion from his original proposal for water storage, but Democrats have not responded. “California voters have approved more than $14 billion in bonds to address water and environmental issues in the last 10 years,” Schwarzenegger said. “Billions of dollars were directly aimed at projects designed to address the crisis in the Delta. “Yet the delta is in worse shape today than it was a decade ago. Throwing more money at the problem without addressing the fundamental issues to fix the delta will only allow the crisis to worsen.” Schwarzenegger said that with the risk of water rationing and rate increases on the horizon across the state, quick action is needed. But Perata said he is frustrated that the governor’s veto has stalled spending of previous bonds. “I was very upset and I still, to this moment, do not understand why you ask voters to give approval to spend money to protect their water system, which we did with Prop. 1E, and then when we want to appropriate the money, he vetoes the bill,” Perata said. [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “A lot of (Southern California water agencies) are very hopeful that Proposition 84 will result in money for local projects, but so far we’re still waiting for some of the legislation,” said Jeff Kightlinger, CEO of the Metropolitan Water District. “It’s been a little slow getting Prop. 84 dollars out the door.” By comparison, more than 40 percent of the transportation- bond dollars approved on the same November 2006 ballot have already been allocated. Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by Senate president pro tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland, that would have directed spending $611 million from last year’s water bonds. In his veto, the governor said he wanted to wait until a more comprehensive solution to the state’s water crisis is crafted during the current special legislative session. While California voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water infrastructure last year, little of that money has been allocated despite a lengthy drought and growing strains on the system. Political infighting and bureaucratic red tape have slowed spending of the 2006 water bonds, even as state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger consider asking voters for billions of dollars in additional water bonds on next year’s ballot. Only about 14 percent of the Proposition 1E water bond approved by voters last year – and about a third of the Proposition 84 water bond – have been committed to specific projects. And within Proposition 84, only about 9 percent of the funds dedicated specifically to water quality and supply projects – as opposed to flood control – have been committed. last_img read more

The six players to follow Dominic Solanke to Liverpool this summer?

first_img 6 4. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Liverpool need to up their game if they want to sign the promising Sessegnon this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Times, moving ahead of the pack in the race for his signature. The left-back position is a priority in the market for the Reds and with Klopp keen on nurturing youth, a deal for Sessegnon would make sense. They’ve got to get Spurs out of the running, though. 2. Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) – There could be nothing in this one, but it’s yet to be ruled out. Salah’s agent, earlier this week, posted a photo to Twitter of his flight ticket to the UK and followed Liverpool on the social media site, which inevitably caused a stir with the Anfield faithful. The Liverpool Echo report that the former Chelsea winger is ‘one of a number of wide attackers across Europe under consideration’ by Klopp. 6 3. Iker Casillas (FC Porto) – Casillas’ contract expires at the end of next month and the former Real Madrid ‘keeper has rejected the opportunity to extend his stay in Portugal by a year. Retirement doesn’t yet seem to be on the cards, so several clubs are understood to be interested. One of those is Liverpool, whose goalkeeping problems have been prevalent in recent years. Klopp does have faith in Simon Mignolet, but the availablity of the experienced Casillas, on a free transfer, could be too good to ignore. 6. Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig) – Leipzig finished second to Bayern Munich in the race for the Bundesliga title and Keita was a key player throughout an excellent season. Klopp is understood to be an admirer of the midfielder, who is efficient in a defensive and attacking positions in the centre of the park. The 22-year-old has consistently been reported as being at the top of Klopp’s wish list and is still being linked with a move. As Sky Sports report, he’ll cost around £50m. 6 6 6 6 5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – There won’t be many believing Oxlade-Chamberlain really will swap the Emirates for Anfield this summer, but with the 2018 World Cup next summer, the Arsenal midfielder might well be assessing his future. While Liverpool, in reality, wouldn’t be a significant step up for the England international, the 23-year-old might have a better chance of sustaining a starting place under Klopp. A report from the Telegraph, at the beginning of May, claimed the Ox is considering interest from Liverpool. Liverpool have acted early to sign Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, and he won’t be the last player to make the move to Anfield.So who could follow the 19-year-old to the Reds?We’ve taken a look at the latest transfer rumours to reveal six players who could be readying themselves for a move to Merseyside.Scroll through the gallery above to check out who features. 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at more players who could follow Solanke to Liverpool this summer – Liverpool, if reports are to be believed, are in pole position to sign Van Dijk this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City previously, but the Mirror understand the centre back is keen to work with Jurgen Klopp. With Champions League to offer next season, the Reds are growing in confidence over sealing a deal for one of the Premier League’s most wanted defenders. It’s also been suggested Man City are willing to pay big money for Van Dijk, though, so there is plenty of work to be done if Liverpool are to seal a deal. What better way for new Reds CEO Peter Moore to make his mark? last_img read more