Water wars boil, and a rich guy buys a mobile mansion We open with John Garamendi’s vision of water legislation (it’s not happy), shift to mansion mobile homes, cursed airport lines, toxic substances, and Ron Nehring’s dim view of Donald Trump.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, called from Washington warning that House Republicans are about to inundate Democrats with their solution to California’s water woes.
Judging from maneuvers by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and other San Joaquin Valley Republicans, he’s right. They attached their bills to increase Delta water deliveries and weaken environmental protections to appropriations bills.
“My constituents can’t and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Water is not a luxury,” McCarthy said on the floor.
Garamendi said critics of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s water bill, and his version, both of which would protect the Endangered Species Act and Delta, “are about to learn a lesson about practical politics.”
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San Joaquin Valley Republicans Defeat Efforts by Reps. Garamendi and McNerney to Stop the Twin Tunnels Today, Congressman Garamendi took his fight to stop the twin tunnels to the floor of the House, offering an amendment that would have barred any federal support for the project. Congressman McNerney followed suit with his own amendment in the same vein.
In a spirited debate with his colleagues from the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, Garamendi attacked the argument for the tunnels. “The tunnels are a deadly threat to the Delta and a wasteful boondoggle costing more than $15 billion while not creating one gallon of new water,” said Garamendi.
Garamendi also continued his attack on the legislation proposed by David Valadao (R-CA), which was amended into an energy bill passed by the Senate (S.2021). The Valadao legislation would gut the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the biological opinions that protect the Delta.
Congressman Garamendi’s floor speech on the twin tunnels can be viewed here.
Congressman Garamendi Announces 3rd District U.S. Service Academy Entrants
Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) held a reception last Friday honoring 11 students from the 3rd Congressional District whom he nominated and have been accepted into one of the nation’s five military service academies.
The young men and women competing for nominations this year include an outstanding group of individuals. While all applicants demonstrated the dedication, courage and aptitude necessary to excel at an academy, only a select few of the most qualified individuals are able to receive a nomination each year. Nominations are based on the applicant’s academic strength, extracurricular activities, and in-person interviews with Congressman Garamendi’s Academies Nomination Committee. Members of the Committee include service academy alumnus and current members of the military.
“Each year I have the privilege of nominating a select group of young men and women to four of the five service academies,” said Garamendi. “Our nation’s military se
Congressman Garamendi Honors Students Selected for CA State Summer School for the Arts Last week, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) welcomed ten Yolo County students to the Pence Gallery in Davis who were selected to attend the 30th California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). CSSSA is a four-week art training program that offers students the opportunity to work and study under professional artists, writers, and performers. The CSSSA was created by then State Senator John Garamendi in 1985 as part of an effort to retain California’s young talents and provide training for future artists who may wish to pursue their arts as a career.
“I am proud to welcome these young artists into the CSSSA program. CSSSA offers a supportive environment to help a new generation of artists cultivate their skills, and make a career out of their passion,” Congressman Garamendi said. “During my time as a State Senator, I authored legislation that established CSSSA under the principles of enabling students of all backgrounds to receive art education,