Here's what you won't read in the LA Times

Friday, August 11, 2017

By Adam Grey

An Aug. 3 Times editorial begins: "As California water becomes an increasingly precious and contentious resource, the state needs an umpire with the power to enforce laws against illegal diversions and protect the rights of the public and others..."

I could not agree more, but the Times then goes on to say the status quo is good enough and that good-governance legislation to fundamentally improve the process is unnecessary.

My bill, AB313, restores integrity lacking in California's water rights enforcement. Because the same government agency acts as judge, jury and prosecution, water rights holders lack access to a neutral appeals process and feel coerced into accepting unfair outcomes. The process is like letting pitchers call their own balls and strikes. It is inherently biased.