For months now we have been bombarded by campaign issues and promises from all the candidates involved by either billboards, television and radio announcements, posters and political mailers. But the huge question is, what do we really know when it comes to the propositions and how they can affect us on a personal level, in particular Proposition 1.
On Aug. 13, Proposition 43 was removed and Proposition 1 was added to the ballot with the promise that information on Proposition 1 would be provided on a supplemental voter information guide. Most local residences have not received any information yet and are confused as to what Proposition 1 is really about.
Many citizens feel that Proposition 1 is a smoke screen to groundwater legislation that was passed on Sept. 16 which allows the State of California to manage and monitor groundwater basins including the City of Santa Clarita’s aquifer — the state’s third largest aquifer. Many residents feel that Proposition 1 does not address California’s worst drought on record. and actually has nothing to do with the current water crisis, conservation, or water efficiency for California’s water supply, and does not mitigate the effects from California’s drought.
Proposition 1 will actually include the construction of new dams which is highly controversial by ecologists due to potential harmful and damaging environmental impacts which actually takes place further downstream from the dams. Proposition 1 does not install new infrastructure such as cisterns to capture and store water caused by intense rains, or drip irrigation for agriculture use which is is one of the prominent elements of the state’s economy. Most importantly, the proposition does not prioritize funds to repair underground water delivery systems that are aging.
Proposition 1 will, however, provide funding for water recycling and advanced water treatment projects, and prevent or clean up contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. It will provide infrastructure projects for public water systems improvements and water treatment technology. The biggest advantage to Proposition 1 is that it replaces the $11.1 billion bond (Proposition 43) with a cheaper $6 billion bond that is considered reasonable and affordable.