It’s Fish Versus Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley: Crops rot and people stand in line for food while the EPA engineers a drought.

By Devin Nunes
San Joaquin Valley, Calif.

In 1931, a severe drought began that within a few years engulfed the Oklahoma panhandle and a third of the Great Plains in a “Dust Bowl.” Tens of thousands of people fled the region—many traveling to California along Route 66, which John Steinbeck called “the mother road, the road of flight” in “The Grapes of Wrath.”
A lot of the “Okies” settled in the San Joaquin Valley. In the decades that followed, state and federal officials built dams and other irrigation projects that helped turn the valley into some of the world’s richest farmland.

But today the San Joaquin Valley is being transformed into a dust bowl. Hundreds of thousands of acres are fallow, while almond and plum trees are being left to die in the scorching sun. Tens of thousands of people have been tossed out of work—the town of Mendota alone has an unemployment rate of about 40%—and the lines for food donations stretch down streets. The reason? There isn’t enough water to go around this year, and the Obama administration is drawing up new reasons to divert more of it from farms and people and into the San Francisco Bay. (Click here to read more)

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Jack Cashill on What’s Wrong with CA & Jim Verboon, What’s Killing the Fish in the Delta? Environmentalist’s Hypocrisy: Sat, Aug 8, 2009

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Sunday marks the 40 Anniversary of the Helter Skelter Charles Manson Murders. This Saturday on the program Jack Cashill on what have we learned from what went wrong with CA, and that event was a sound alarm but we have ignored the signs. Within the last five years Jack has written five books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture, Sucker Punch: The Left Hook that Dazed Ali and Killed King’s Dream and his latest, What’s the Matter with California. Three of them have cracked Amazon’s top ten list.

Jim Verboon, Central Valley Farmer joins us. Citizen Activists’s investigative reporting sheds new light on the corruption and abuse by politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman George Miller, and the radical environmentalist groups who are blaming and starving the Central Valley Farmers and communities. It’s not the environment they’re protecting. What is it really about?

“There is a lot of hypocrisy in the debate, especially from environmentalists who want to protect the sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by limiting the pumping of agricultural water. Yet we don’t hear a peep out of them when Sacramento dumps treated sewage into the Delta.” Fresno Bee, August 2, 2009
Why are the fish in the Delta dying? Lower rainfall is not the cause of the “drought” in the Valley. Rainfall won’t solve the waste pollution situation in the Delta—in fact it’s the worst case scenario. It intoxicates more; it causes overflow, spills and leaks.

Why do extremist environmentalists allow cities around the Delta, and the politicians who represent them, to get away with this?

Where are the Latino Leaders and elected officials who claim to be a voice for and care about the Hispanic Community? Why do they ignore the massive food lines, and unemployment levels reaching 20 percent in general and 50% in the predominantly Hispanic communities in Central Valley? Businesses, community leaders and residents are helping with make shift food drives. The foodlines are so long now, kids with their families, have been turned away hungry. The Latinos and non latinos who live there don’t want welfare! They want work! They want dignity! They want water!

The farmers and their way of life is being dried up, but the water they are robbed does not solve the problems caused by the high ammonia concentrations and other problems caused by the affluent and voter rich liberal communities along the Delta Estuary. It dilutes the toxins, and delays the inevitable.
Tune in to find out what is really killing the fish and what will solve the problem.
Water is life. Control it and you hold life in a death grip.
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California’s Upcoming Water Revolt: Left-wing enviros believe human beings are the problem

They may find, to their grief, that these troublesome people are about to launch

By Shawn Steel

Shawn Steel is California’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee. This article originally appeared in California Political Review’s Jan/Feb 2009 print edition. Posted: 3/5/2009

Californians now face an unprecedented, man-made threat to their stable way of life. Our state is slowly dying of thirst. This crisis, however, is one that could easily be avoided, if those in power in Sacramento wished to avoid it.

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Interviews with Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero, as well as Latino Water Coalition founder, Piedad Ayala, audio files posted.

I talk with Francis Barraza and Kirsten Lucero,two gorgeous and dynamic legal eagles, currently at UC Hastings College of Law, Mex-American, Republicans, leaders in their field. We talk with Francis and Kristen about growing up first generation in the US, family, their principles and values and being Republican. We also touch on the question of changing our drug laws, with diverse opinions.

Piedad Ayala, Founder and chief organizer of the Latino Water Coalition. The current water crisis is a property and water rights issue. Republicans and Latinos need each other more than ever before. The fate of Farm workers, Ranchers, Farmers, Ag business owners and their workers, and CA Ag Industry’s production of fresh food, are all in peril, together.