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WTAS: Kevin Faulconer Promises “Major Changes” For Water Access In Fresno

Thursday, July 29, 2021

While Gavin Newsom has ignored the Central Valley, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is committed to bringing real change as he leads this recall movement. Faulconer visited Fresno this week to lay out his agenda to expand water access to the region, promising more storage for surface water and reforms to expand infrastructure for agriculture.

With Newsom’s administration threatening to cut water access for communities across the region, Faulconer knows how important it is to provide real change for the Central Valley. Here are some highlights of the coverage:

ABC Fresno reported on Faulconer’s campaign stop, noting Faulconer’s comments in support of greater water access:

The Fresno Bee highlighted Faulconer’s plan to increase water storage and build infrastructure for agricultural communities:
“This governor has failed our agricultural community by not providing the water resources that our farmers need, that the Central Valley needs,” Faulconer said. “This campaign is going to be all about changes to actually provide the infrastructure, the resources and the political will to help our farmers and our agricultural community.”

Increasing storage and water conveyance by expanding space in places like Temperance Flat Dam and San Luis Reservoir are just part of the plan to improve on infrastructure already in place, he said.

There’s money to do it, Faulconer says. California voters have approved nine separate water bonds in the past 25 years totaling $27.1 billion.

“That’s what I think is so aggravating. We’ve had all this money from this last water bond sitting there, hasn’t been put to use,” he said.

CBS Fresno noted that Faulconer promised “major changes” from the status quo for water issues under Newsom:

The San Joaquin Valley Sun reported on Faulconer’s support from Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes, who joined Faulconer on the trail:

Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes joined Faulconer with additional criticism of Newsom and his administration.

Mendes said the state is following the definition of “insanity” by continuing to practice water policies that fail to work.

“Those same things are: you build no more dams or raise any of the dams, you don’t fix conveyance, you throw more water away to the ocean and then you expect different results,” Mendes said. “That’s insanity, because what happens is we keep getting less and less water.”

Faulconer laid out his six-step plan, starting with the creation of additional surface water storage with new reservoir construction as well as additional water recycling infrastructure.