Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Flood Bill Politics


An excerpt.

State flood bills get second chance
100-year protection measure fought by developers is stalled.
By Jim Sanders -- Bee Capitol Bureau Published 12:01 am PDT Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Lawmakers breathed new life Tuesday into various flood-control bills touted as a way to reduce risk in California's Central Valley -- but a proposal strongly opposed by development interests remained shelved.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, one week after announcing that he had derailed a package of eight flood-control bills, switched gears Tuesday and said he would create one omnibus bill to meld some of the proposals.

Perata, D-Oakland, said he was focusing on measures for which there appeared to be consensus.
"What we want to do is, as much as possible, get something that matters now, matters to the community -- and where there's some agreement," he said.

Perata said the new bill will include provisions requiring cities and counties to share financial liability with the state in areas protected by new levee projects, and to require the mapping and assessment of flood risks along the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.