LA Times: Shaky rationale behind Brown tunnel plan

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The Los Angeles Times

Shaky rationale behind Brown tunnel plan

Promoters of a $25-billion plumbing project say a major quake could topple levees. Experts find holes in that argument.

By George Skelton Capitol Journal
December 15, 2013, 5:42 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Maybe I’ve watched the movie “Chinatown” too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive water tunnels just seems suspicious.

Brown’s not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles’ draining of the Owens Valley.

Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir.

Brown and the water buffaloes — government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists — are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. …

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