The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved the measure. Kathryn Phillips with the Sierra Club says the measure is better than the proposal now on the fall ballot.
“It’s greater on making sure there’s accountability,” says Phillips. “It’s greater on making sure that we’re putting money into things that will help people in Southern California, Northern California, Central California and help protect the environment along the way.”
This bond measure would spend one billion dollars on restoring the Delta and a billion more on groundwater cleanup. Storm water conservation and other water projects would also receive funding.
Not included in this water bond are earmarks for dam projects and other conservation programs favored by the agricultural industry.
The bond has passed the Assembly and now goes to Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is up with a new TV ad that criticizes Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.