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Californians Against the Canal Urgent Action Alert
by Dan Bacher
Tuesday Aug 11th, 2009 3:28 PM
This is today's urgent action alert from Robert Johnson of Californians Against the Canal. I urge you please read through and complete the survey at: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e2k30jk4fy7jgawo/start. For more information, go to: http://www.stopcanal.org.
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Greetings!

This week, starting immediately, advocates for prudent water policy and a healthy SF Bay-Delta Watershed must fully engage in the California Water War. We are at the defining moment: From Wednesday the 12th through next Monday the 18th are several critical events we need you to attend. Those of you cannot make one or more please send someone in your place.

IF WE DO NOT ORGANIZE HUNDREDS IN OPPOSITION TO THE $30-$40+ BILLION (incl interest, etc.) BOND PACKAGE BEING SECRETIVELY RAMMED DOWN THE THROATS OF OUR LEGISLATORS BY WELL FUNDED LOBBYISTS AND A RECKLESS GOVERNOR, THE PERIPHERAL CANAL WILL BE APPROVED BEFORE SEPTEMBER, PUTTING THE CALIFORNIA TAXPAYER ON THE HOOK FOR A MASSIVE WATER PRIVATIZATION BOONDOGGLE MASQUERADED AS A DELTA WATERSHED PROTECTION MEASURE.

This is NOT a NorCal versus SoCal issue, as the secretive corporate agribusinesses in the south San Joaquin Valley, who seek to control the state's water supply wish you to believe. Don't be misled by the massive Burson Marsteller "astroturf" campaign of disception; led by front groups that seek to portray a humanitarian crisis and severe economic recession in the Fresno/Bakersfield vicinity as being caused by environmentalist-driven cut backs in water exports to a region that has the most junior water rights in California.

No, this is not about a 3 inch fish before people or farming jobs. This is about wholesale GREED by what some call the Hydraulic Billionaires Cabal, who have allowed the people of the southern San Joaquin valley region to be terribly misled: This group let them believe that water deliveries to the west side of the valley (east side of I-5, from about Los Banus south to Kettleman City) were essentially guaranteed, allowing the increased planting of permanent crops throughout the decade, while knowing all along that in low water years, the west side water allocation would be cut. (and we wont talk about the massive soil toxicity issues).

Despite repeated warnings by reputable agencies and scientists in nearly a decade ago, the largest water districts in the US successfully bullied state and federal agencies to violate age old water laws and increase water exports to over 6 miollion acre-feet between 2003 and 2007 and completely collapsed our region's ecosystem.
So please take 2-3 minutes and let us know which events you can attend to help us organize opposition. We are not selling you anything, and your email address will only be used by the groups organizing this massive effort to defeat this sham legislation.

Complete Event Invitation/Survey

LAST MINUTE UPDATE: for those living in the Bay Area, please JOIN US IN A COUNTER RALLY AGAINST THE CENTRAL VALLEY TEA PARTY AT CONGRESSMAN MILLER's OFFICE AT 1333 WILLOW PASS RD in CONCORD THURSDAY 8-13 at 9:00AM - WE NEED A PEACEFULL SHOW OF SUPPORT, SO BRING SIGNS LIKE "SALMON IS FOOD", "LABOR FOR CONGRESSMAN MILLER"; "SAVE THE SF BAY-DELTA": CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON TEA PARTY MARCH PLANS!
Sincerely,

Robert Johnson, Jr
Californians against the Canal (StopCanal.org)
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