This Earth Day, the political stars are in alignment. It's a day Sacramento politicians can use to demonstrate that our democratic, of-the-people powered, government can craft for our county, a political system that moves us continuously forward toward local watershed stewardship and a more integrated governance structure, in respect for this most precious element, WATER.
Specifically, a hearing is scheduled on Earth Day, April 22, in Sacramento to consider a bill authored by Assemblyman Coto, D-SanJose. The current status of the proposed legislation, AB 466 today, is linked here and printed at the end of this post below:
The bill, as drafted, allows the Water District Board to create seven new political boundaries from which, seven water directors would be elected to the governing Board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
I have proposed a more natural alternative.
Within a letter to Senator Joe Simitian,
a natural governance structure was offered for
how we elect our local water policy directors.
Please read the letter in the linked post above
and,if you agree, please follow the links to
tell Senator Simitian that you would like him
to ask for changes in AB 466. Tell him you want a
bill to allow us to elect local water directors
by watersheds rather than 7 gerrymandered political districts.
CURRENT BILL STATUS
MEASURE : A.B. No. 466
AUTHOR(S) : Coto (Coauthors: Beall, Fong, Ruskin, and Torrico)
(Coauthors: Senators Alquist, DeSaulnier, and Maldonado).
TOPIC : Santa Clara Valley Water District.
HOUSE LOCATION : ASM
+LAST AMENDED DATE : 04/15/2009
TYPE OF BILL :
Majority Vote Required
State-Mandated Local Program
LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 04/16/2009
LAST HIST. ACTION : Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
COMM. LOCATION : ASM LOCAL GOVERNMENT
HEARING DATE : 04/22/2009
TITLE : An act to amend Sections 13.2 and 20 of, to add Sections
7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10, 7.11, and 8 to, and
to repeal and add Sections 7, 7.1, and 7.3 of, the Santa
Clara Valley Water District Act (Chapter 1405 of the
Statutes of 1951), relating to the Santa Clara Valley