“Water issues have long been a matter of intense debate in California. As the nation’s leading agricultural state, as well as its most populous, California’s thirst has become almost unquenchable.
“Most of California’s water supply originates in the north, while most of the demand occurs in the south. Getting water from where it originates to where it’s needed has been a challenge for generations.
“In order to upgrade our water storage and delivery system, an $11.1 billion water bond is now scheduled for the November 2014 election, a vote that has been delayed twice. The full cost to redesign California’s water delivery system may exceed $35 billion.
“At the same time, the $68 billion high-speed rail project is progressing. Apparently, a train that will initially serve passengers between Madera and Bakersfield takes priority over badly-needed water deliveries to farms and millions of people. Shouldn’t our scarce financial resources be spent on projects that impact everyone and not on a train that will never serve the vast majority of Californians?
“If and when high-speed rail finally reaches Temecula and Escondido along the I-15 corridor, will agriculture still be thriving? Or will the “Avocado Highway” be viewed as a nostalgic relic of a squandered heritage?
Village/Valley News note: Assemblymember Waldron’s staff will hold mobile district office hours from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the Temecula City Hall and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at the Valley Center Library. (Her mobile office was in Fallbrook on April 19)