The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 15 . August 11, 2018 . Volume 2

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Tuoloumne County


Whiskey is for drinking, Water is for fighting

Years ago when I was in Spain, we were advised to drink bottled water as opposed to tap water. To my surprise, we found that wine was actually cheaper than water. I mention this because as you read through this issue of the Messenger, we in California, may soon discover that alcoholic beverages might be more available and cheaper than water.

This is why it is so important that we all become informed and involved voters in the 2018 election campaigns. Read the ballot initiatives and find out who is backing them. The same with candidates, their positions and polices on issues such as Yes on Prop 6, repeal of the Gas Tax, Sanctuary State Policy, forest management and water.

Remember, the main origin of water for California lies within the counties of Jefferson. Dams proposed for removal are located in the Jefferson counties of California and Oregon. In the meantime, we still live in California, but the outcome of this years election is not just about California. It is about going on record, taking a stand and fighting for the future of the new State of Jefferson and our Nation overall.

Fish are More Important than People

Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) proposed dedicating much more river water to the environment and less to farms, industry and individuals according to CAL Matters. SWRCB wants to divert water from the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers to save fish. SWRCB was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, who has been working on the Bay Delta Plan since 2009, before he took office.

Felicia Marcus, chairwoman for SWRCB, stated: “Simply put, the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is no longer a healthy place for many species and the people who rely on them.”

However last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior sent a letter to SWRCB recommending that the Board reconsider the Board Amendments and “postpone the public meeting currently being scheduled for August 21-22, 2018, for additional due diligence and dialogue.” It is believed that Congressman Tom McClintock and Calaveras County Supervisor Dennis Miller are greatly responsible for this recommendation by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Miller had also sent a letter to President Trump.

Should the SWRCB go ahead with their Amendments, the San Francisco and other Bay Area cities that depend on water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir may find that they need to cut use. Any decrease in Northern California supply will ripple to Southern California. Farmers expect “devastating impacts,” reported the Modesto Bee.

Drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

At the same time the aforementioned was being reviewed, the Restore Hetch Hetchy group filed another lawsuit looking to drain the reservoir, the source of water for about 2.4 million bay area communities, including San Francisco. However, in June, a Tuolumne County Judge threw the case out of court.

Remove Klamath River Dams

Last month, blue prints were being reviewed for the removal of the four Klamath River dams owned by Pacific Corp, which has determined that dam removal is the best economic decision for the corporation and its ratepayers. It is reported that this will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history and will be required to jump through several regulatory hoops and agencies at both the federal and state level.

Two of the dams are located in southern Oregon and the other two in Siskiyou County. The estimated cost for the project is $450 million to complete with Pacific Corp ratepayers in California and Oregon contributing $200 million. The state of California is contributing the other $250 million through the $7.12 billion Proposition 1 water bond passed by voters in 2014.

But Wait, There's More!

Now there is another water bond on the November ballot. Proposition 3 would issue $8.77 billion in general obligation bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects. The state fiscal analyst said the bond would generate about $8.4 billion in interest over a 40-year period, meaning the bond would cost the state (taxpayers) a total of $17.3 billion.

The 2.7 billion dollars that was earmarked for water storage facilities in the aforementioned 2014 Prop 1 water bond, was finally allocated about a week, ago. Some speculate that this $2.7 billion was finally spent because voters may not take too kindly to the passage of another water bond in November.

Of the Prop 1 bond money, $816 million went to fund the proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County, a drop in the bucket, for the estimated $5.2 billion dollar project. Reportedly, Sites is necessary for Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels. Brown supports Sites Reservoir, which is located in the backyard of his family's ranch.

Last year, some questioned why Prop 1 money was not used to repair the Oroville Dam spillway. State officials told them that Oroville and other existing state water projects were not eligible for Prop 1 Money. Yet, Prop 1 money can be used to remove the four Klamath Dams.

As far as Prop 3, the largest amount of bond revenue - $2.895 billion would go toward conservancies and state parks to restore and protect watershed lands and non-profits and local agencies for river parkways. Only $472 million is allocated for water storage facilities/dam repairs, another drop in the bucket.

The author of Prop 3 is Gerald (Jerry) Meral, Jerry Brown's former Guru with the California Natural Resources Agency. Meral has a long history of being a major mover and shaker in the environmental community, and one of the original organizers of Friends of the River, who led the charge to stop the construction of the New Melones Dam located on the Stanislaus River. Meral and Friends of the River lost their battle on the Stanislaus however, still today, their cry of, “We Will Never Forget the Stansislaus”, echoes through their annual conference. Years later, Friends were successful in preventing the construction of the Auburn Dam.

Twin Tunnels - WaterFix

Nearly 60 years ago, Governor Pat Brown persuaded voters and legislators to approve one of the nations largest public water projects, the State Water Plan, that included a “peripheral canal”, a massive aqueduct to carry water southward to San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern California cities. The peripheral canal never got off the drawing board.

Fast forward to today with a new version of the peripheral canal – twin tunnels to carry water beneath the Delta – emerged. Jerry Brown adopted the tunnels, now dubbed WaterFix. So how does Jerry Brown and the Department of Water Resources intend to pay part of the $17 billion twin-tunnel project?

Remember in 1960, voters approved the State Water Plan. In 1978 Prop 13 was approved, due to the outrage over voters' skyrocketing property taxes, thus taking control away from the Legislature. However, Prop 13 allowed for the tax rate to be higher than 1 percent if needed to pay for debt that voters had approved in prior years. Today, there's still an extra charge for the State Water Project on your property tax bills.

Right now, the teams in the greater bureaucracy are wrestling with how to make the proposed WaterFix project go back in time to 1960. Thinking that since voters already approved the debt for building the twin tunnels, property taxes can be raised if needed to pay the WaterFix debt.

Reportedly, to do this, they're redefining the WaterFix as part of the State Water Project. Under state law, Water Code 147.5, the Department of Water Resources can finalize a long-term water contract 60 days after the Joint Legislature Budget Committee holds an informal hearing. The committee doesn't have to vote. The Legislature doesn't have to vote. All that's needed is the hearing. The hearing has been scheduled for August 14, 2018.

Sixty days later, the new long-term hearing will be finalized extending the term through 2085 and setting the stage for WaterFix debt to be issued. Jerry Brown's Choo Choo Train may not be realized but his WaterFix could well be, shortly before the end of his term.

Rationing, 2022 and Beyond

California's man-made drought will become permanent in 2022, due to Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668, signed by Governor Brown in May.

  • Establishing an indoor, per person water use goal of 55 gallons per day until 2025; 52.5 gallons from 2025 to 2030; and, 50 gallons beginning in 2030.
  • Creating water incentives for water suppliers to recycle water.
  • Requiring both urban and agricultural water suppliers to set annual water budgets and prepare for drought.

If you're wondering how the government would know how much water your family is using, the utility providers will be obligated to report you and you could face massive fines. “They shall use satellite imagery, site visits, or other best available technology to develop an accurate estimate of landscaped areas.”

In other words, you may be fined if you take a shower and do a load of laundry the same day. An 8 minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water and a load of laundry about 40 gallons of water. Just when you go to grab a glass of water, you could find the water police knocking on your door.

According to the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), New Permanent and Water Restrictions WON'T increase water supply.

PRI adds, “California's water woes are fully the product of poor public policy. There is still no credible water market in the state. More than 90 percent of water flow is controlled by government. Too many officials seem to be fearful of building new infrastructure for storage and conveyance while continuing to favor environment.”

Time to Fight & Take a Stand

So what do we do? Do we sit on our hands and remain silent and let this all happen? Do we move to another state only to find that when it comes to California's environmental policies, they often spread to other states. Look at what has happened with emission standards. California led the charge!

We who populate the Jefferson Counties must use every opportunity to stand up and speak up about what is about to befall on all in California. This affects your families industries and agriculture. It is predicted that farmers will have to jump through hoops and create water management plans by those in government. What about you who have swimming pools, hot tubs and fountains? Will you be able to plant your vegetable garden? Do you think there might be food shortages, driving food costs even higher?

Our fight begins today, not tomorrow. It is our responsibility to educate and join with others to Repeal the Gas Tax, to Get Out The Vote in November. We must expand our efforts to raise funds for our court case, because nothing will be fixed or changed until “we have equal representation” for all in California.

And, last but not least, talk about the new State of Jefferson with NO State Water Resources Control Board, NO CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), NO Fire Tax, NO Office of Planning & Research, that dictates land use, and NO CARB. This is called LIBERTY!

Mark Your Calendars – As far as the SWRCB Delta Plan, Stop the Water Grab Rally is scheduled for noon on Monday, August 20, 2018, on the north steps of the State Capitol. We ask that Jeffersonian's join legislators, elected county & city representatives and water purveyors who will be attending and speaking at this very important protest rally, organized by Assemblyman Adam Gray. Car pools are being coordinated in many of the Jefferson counties. Wear your gear and bring signs identifying your county and Jefferson.

By Terry Gherardi

How You Can Help Fire Victims

Our hearts go out to the fire victims as these devastating fires keep burning in so many of our Jefferson Counties. So many of you have reached out wanting to take food, clothing and even offer shelter to assist those who have suffered so many losses.

Right now, what is needed most is money. Visit the county community organizations and their web sites that are assisting fire victims: The Carr Fire – Shasta Regional Community Foundation, for both Shasta & Trinity Counties. Ferguson Fire – Mariposa Community Foundation. Mendocino Complex Fire – Disaster Fund for Mendocino County.

Terry Gherardi

Congressman McClintock to Address Fire & Water on State of Jefferson Hour, Sunday

Congressman Tom McClintock will be the guest on the State of Jefferson Hour broadcast on KAHI Radio, 950 AM and 104.5 FM, this Sunday, August 12, from 10 to 11am. This weeks co-hosts are Paul Gallo, SOJ Placer County and Jack Parsons, SOJ El Dorado County. The Congressman sits on the House Natural Resources Committee and is spending the month of August attending meetings and events throughout California's 4th Congressional District.

If you are not in KAHI's broadcast range, you can go the KAHI website and listen in on your computer. State of Jefferson Hour is a live talk show with callers welcome. To call in, dial 530-885-3565.

Also, airing every Sunday from 9 to 10 am, is Jefferson State of Mine on KCNR Radio, 1460 AM. Co-hosts Terry Rapoza and Win Carpenter will be talking about what they define as “The Silver Bullet” - It's All About Representation. The call in number is 530-605-4567.

Both Jefferson radio shows are the best sources to hear all the latest updates about the court case and what is happening in Jefferson. Mark Baird is a regular guest, and more recently special guests include Mark Meuser, candidate for Secretary of State, Judge Steve Bailey, candidate for Attorney General and Ben Bergquan, spokesperson for Fight Sanctuary State.

Another new radio podcast has been added in Stanislaus County and can be heard by going to

Terry Gherardi

Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:
Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.

Curry County, OR

2nd Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444

El Dorado County

2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville

Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions, buy merchandise, and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Josephine County, OR

1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
Grants Pass
3rd Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR

1st  Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Community Hall aka Shasta Grange, 5831 Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR

Nevada County

2nd and 4th Mondays - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County

3rd Tuesday each month - 6PM
Round Table Pizza
2345 Sunset Blvd

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road
Sutter and Yuba Counties
2nd Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Caltrans Building Sierra Room
703 B Street

4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
1st  & 3rd Friday each month - 7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
2nd Thursday each month 6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month - 6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
Conference Call
August 12, 2018
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  • Oct 14th and Oct 28th
A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff
Dianna Baird
Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi
Penny Garland

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