Friday, January 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Solano officials see pluses to water bond

By
From page A1 | August 15, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County had some wins and losses in its efforts to help shape the newly crafted $7.5 billion state water bond that will go on the November ballot.

Local officials wanted to make certain the bond would have a category of money that could be used to build North Bay Aqueduct pumps at an alternate location. The pumps are located in an eastern Solano County slough and bring Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Benicia and other cities.

The dead-end slough is subject to poor water quality. Solano County water officials want to build pumps in the Sacramento River and pipe the water to local water treatment plants.

The bond includes such a category, Solano County Water Agency General Manager David Okita said Thursday. The downside is that it contains only $87.5 million, he said.

Building the new pumps and piping system could cost $500 million to $600 million. The water agency would like the state to pay half the cost.

“We were hoping the bond would be a major source,” Okita said. “There really aren’t any other sources to get money of that magnitude out there.”

Plus, should statewide voters pass the bond, Solano County would have to compete to get a share of the $87.5 million. Other projects that could get money from this category are Delta ecosystem projects and Sacramento wastewater plant improvements.

“There’s a lot of competition for the $87.5 millon,” Okita said.

Okita said the bond contains good things for Solano County, such as money for Delta levees and money for the Delta Conservancy. The bond could make money available for projects on Putah Creek, he said.

State legislators representing the Fairfield-Suisun City area praised the bond measure.

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has spent months helping to craft a state water bond. The Solano County Board of Supervisors gave its support for her legislation in April 2013, at a point when the legislation was still evolving and had no price tag.

The bond measure that will be on the November ballot isn’t perfect, Wolk said in a press release. It is a compromise. But it’s a win for the Delta and state and one that voters can support, she said.

“This bond is good for the Delta and all of California, and it’s affordable,” Wolk said.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, also praised the bond in a press release.

“This legislation will provide the Delta region with funding for critical projects and will ensure that my constituents have the opportunity to give their input on important bond expenditures,” Frazier said. “I will continue to work with the speaker to identify and secure additional funding for Delta projects that go beyond the water bond.”

Solano County Resource Management Director Bill Emlen at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting described county efforts to work with the Delta Counties Coalition on shaping the bond measure. The counties are Solano, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo.

Emlen talked of the county participating in recent meetings at the offices of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Wolk and of various conference calls. The situation changed by the minute, he said.

Supervisor John Vasquez has been involved in Delta Counties Coalition talks. Others working on the bond measure said it is a statewide water bond and shouldn’t be Delta-centric, he said.

“You can have all kinds of medical conditions, but you have to take care of the heart,” Vasquez said.

The Delta is the heart of the state water system, he said.

Looming behind the water bond measure talks was the state’s proposal to build twin tunnels to take water exports to Southern California cities and Central Valley farms. Solano County and other Delta counties insisted that the water bond not further the twin tunnel plans.

The discussion at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting – one day before the bond measure got passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown – indicated the supervisors felt satisfied with the results.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • SKAugust 15, 2014 - 9:03 am

    VOTE NO on this bond!!!! Not single voter should vote for this water bond. The only water bond that the voters should pass is a water bond that would put desalination plants at least ever 100 miles apart along the coast. They want to build more reservoirs??? Well the biggest one lies off our coast and will NEVER EVER be depleted, called the Pacific Ocean. power them up using what you ask (??), use wave or wind power. For now bring in modular temp units, than building more permanent ones later, and continue to use them, even after the drought ends, so they will not go into disrepair. And those two water tunnels (Moonbeams Peripheral Canal 2.0) that the voters said NO TO 1.0 back in the 80s will not be needed, should NOT BE BUILT. But now all that I said would make too much common sense for any of the M_R_N politicians we have today!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalAugust 15, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Like Santa Barbara?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimboAugust 15, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    You lost any credibility at 'moonbeam'.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SKAugust 15, 2014 - 10:15 pm

    I could care less whether or not you find me credible or not, since I am not running for anything, as I wish Gov. Moonbeam, never would again. Just am asking everyone not to vote on this water bond

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Fraud among challenges immigrants face, Fairfield panelists say

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Solano summit focuses on ways to end poverty

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Girls on the Run expands, seeks volunteers

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

 
Cadets learn skills for future careers

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Sports aircraft company CEO recalls effort to locate in Solano

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
‘Souper Bowl’ coming to Solano County

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

 
SolTrans announces changes to bus routes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
Fairfield police log: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

California’s snow survey shows far less snow than last month

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Ukraine: Russia-backed rebels overrun another town in east

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Simultaneous attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Gas blast at Mexico children’s hospital, at least 2 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Deadly San Francisco blaze spurs look at fire alarms

By T. Burt McNaughton | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
California meets judges’ prison crowding goal 1 year early

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

 
.

Living

Today in History: Jan. 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Jan. 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

.

Entertainment

Jim Parsons to play God in Broadway’s ‘An Act of God’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Review: A tired gimmick weakens thriller ‘Project Almanac’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hilary Duff, George Lopez help in search for stolen dog

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Musician Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley altercation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Lil Wayne sues mentor’s record label for $51M, seeking split

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bernie Mac widow drops malpractice lawsuit against doctor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Desert stars: Celebs converge on Phoenix for Super Bowl 49

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs. Sharapova

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn’t talk to the media

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Vanden boys pull away from feisty Fairfield 86-66

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B7

 
Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see Super Bowl matchup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Signups for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B9

This date in sports history for Jan. 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
.

Business

Chevrolet polishes its mid-size truck

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Prospect of Chinese cars in US still remain years away

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

.

Obituaries

Gloria Elizabeth Neal

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Joseph Phillip Raiff

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Dzhon Athanc

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anthony Neal Hunley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Frank Z. Perez

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9