Welcome to Californians against the Canal!
THE GLOVES ARE OFF! The purpose of this site is refute the well honed “Peripheral Canal & Turn up the Pumps” media campaign talking points and frames that seek to divide Californians, and push through a massive - $40+ billion (including interest) water infrastructure program that won’t net one additional drop of water for California. California is in a time of Crisis. The 2008 economic meltdown is having severe effects on the state. We are essentially BROKE. Teachers are being laid off by the thousands; state employees furloughed several days a month; IOUs from the state are being used to pay its bills.
And yet, Governor Schwarzenegger and his cronies have launched an unprecedented highly coordinated astroturfing media campaign to persuade unknowing Californians that we have a severe drought; that “radical environmentalists” and fishing advocacy organizations (and democrats) are putting “fish before people;” and that opposition to increased water exports and this “Water Bill Package” has (and will continue to) put thousands of people out of work and in food lines in the San Joaquin Valley. We reveal the naked truth behind these lies.
Californians against the Canal is not solely about just stopping the Peripheral Canal. We are also about reforming the corrupt water management practices that have been sinking our state further into deficit and enriching a handful of secretive, highly influential corporate agribusinesses in the San Joaquin Valley, whom we refer to as the Hydraulic Billionaires Cabal.
We mean to affect change by first stopping a tragic mistake by the California legislature, and then by proposing superior solutions to help California. So please watch the video, read through the site, and PLEASE: sign up for news/blog in the Take Action section, and donate a few bucks if you can. God help us save the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed and all that goes with it!
Robert Johnson, Jr.