By Lloyd G. Carter
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has trotted out a Field Research Corporation poll taken in November, claiming it shows that an “overwhelming majority” of those surveyed agree “the state has major water problems and must invest [billions of dollars] in its water infrastructure to ensure reliable water now and in future years.”
Adds Mark DiCamillo, senior vice president with Field Research: “You still have a significant majority saying they are concerned about water, even though there are huge concerns about the economy today. There is also a core base of support for investing public dollars in upgrading and expanding the state’s water system through a water bond. That base is about 40 %, with another 22 % that is sympathetic and inclined to feel that way.” Well now, these are some bold claims – are they not? – for a highly controversial $11 billion water bond that will ultimately cost voters statewide some $22 billion, all drawn from the state’s already stressed out general fund, and undoubtedly forcing further layoffs of nurses, firefighters, police, and teachers, and more cutbacks in programs for the disabled, elderly, and poor.
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