Lest you think from my prior post that all Democrats and environmental organizations are now opposing the California water bond, rest assured that’s not the case. Several prominent Democrats have come out in support of the water bond recently, including Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa. Well-respected environmental organizations such as the Natural Heritage Institute, Audubon California and The Nature Conservancy also have publicly supported the effort. The official website for the water bond, Clean, Reliable Water for California, includes a long list of supporters, including public water agencies, business, agricultural and labor organizations, and government officials at the federal, state, regional and local levels.
As I noted yesterday, financing and economics for water create divides that do not follow party lines. The California water bond in most respects falls into the Economic Traditionalism category, while Democrats are distributed across the Traditionalist, Liberal and Progressive camps, and the Republican party includes both Traditionalists and Liberals. This can predictably make for some strange water-bed fellows.