2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Documented Stance on the Tunnels

Note: We only included the leading gubernatorial candidates from each party according to what we found on Wiki, Ballotpedia and LA Times. These are not endorsements. We are a non-partisan campaign. We are sharing this with the understanding that people will vote for the candidates that they like. This is for the sole purpose of keeping our supporters informed.

Democrat PartyDemocratic Party

Gavin Newsom – ???
Story from Sacramento Bee (1/25/18)

Newsom also praised Brown’s openness to scaling back the water conveyance project to a single tunnel, which he said he hoped would lead to a deal. Newsom had previously said Brown asked him to reserve his judgment about the multibillion dollar project.

“’This has got to be a top priority in the next administration,’” Newsom said after the speech. ‘You can’t walk away from this.’”

In a previous LA Times story in 2015, it was reported that under a potential Newsom administration, “The Delta twin tunnels, as presently envisioned, also likely would be buried.”

Delaine Eastin – OPPOSED
From an interview with LA Times (7/20/17)

“While I disagree with the twin tunnels, most of his environmental decisions have been pretty good. I wish, though, that he had banned fracking.

On the issue of water, do you support the delta tunnel project or proposals for new reservoirs?
“The first thing we need is a long-range plan for water. The idea that the last water plan was done in 1957 is ridiculous. So first you do a long range plan for water, and then you decide what kinds of accommodations you have to make in order to realize the goals.

“I’m not convinced the twin tunnels are environmentally or ecologically sound at all. I think they’re a stop gap. Most of the best sites for reservoirs have already been used. Why didn’t we have a plan for saving all that rainwater that fell this year that ran into the ocean? If we had had a plan to capture that saline-free water and inject it into our groundwater aquifers we’d be far better off than if we build the twin tunnels and run the risk of damaging San Francisco Bay forever.”

John Chiang – Mostly Opposed
Submitted from on the public record from “A Conversation with Treasurer John Chiang” (02/01/18)

At 41:26, Chiang says he hasn’t been satisfied with the environmental review of the tunnel project and that the process set out by the Legislature should be followed through.

In an April 2016 LA Times story, John Chiang voiced skepticism, quoted: “You can’t start building tunnels and further devastate the ecosystem of the delta. My first priority is to preserve the delta.”

Antonio Villaraigosa – OPPOSED
Story from the Stockton Record (7/18/17)

He is opposed to the tunnels but in favor of a transportation system that would link California.

Republican PartyRepublican Party

Travis Allen – OPPOSED
Story from the LA Times (2/11/18)

Allen rattled off a list of “day one” policy changes he would make if elected governor: repealing the newly approved gas tax; scrapping plans to replumb the state water supply system with the Delta tunnels; nixing the high-speed rail system and tossing out California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law.

John Cox – OPPOSED
Story from the Bakersfield Californian (8/23/17)

California’s water resource problems also need to be resolved, Cox said, but not by a pork-filled public works project like the proposed delta tunnel.

“We’ve gotta balance the human need for water against the need to preserve natural fisheries,” he said.

Green Party

Josh Jones – OPPOSED
Statement posted on our Facebook from candidate Josh Jones (2/19/18)

As Green Party candidate for Governor, I must state my position and unequivocal rejection of the Delta Tunnel Project.

I studied geology, and understand the hydrology of California well. The Delta Tunnel Project, and others like it, have been proposed and shot down for decades.

Removal of even more fresh water from the mouth of the Sacramento River would result in catastrophic seawater and saltwater intrusion into precious fresh ground water in the greater Sacramento Delta area.

Chris Carlson – OPPOSED
Statement posted sent to us via e-mail (2/22/18)

People don’t pump that Delta

Delta don’t want your judas kiss

Someone’s got to say don’t pump that delta

There’s better ways to handle this

Not just the smelt up in that Delta

The ocean water’s creeping in.

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