Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fitch: Effect of California Trigger Cuts to Vary for State & Schools

Nov. 17, 2011, 3:11 p.m. EST
NEW YORK, Nov 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Underperforming revenues will likely prompt the State of California to lower its near-term revenue outlook and implement some mid-year trigger cuts contained in its 2012 fiscal budget, a scenario that will have disparate implications across some California credits, according to Fitch Ratings.
Trigger cuts would reduce spending not only on certain state operations, but also on transfers for higher education and school districts. The implementation of mid-year cuts will have little effect on the credit of the state or the University of California (UC). However, credit risks are potentially more significant for California-area school districts rated by Fitch.
For the state (GO bonds rated 'A-' by Fitch), the trigger cuts provide a quick corrective response to revenue underperformance and are not expected to affect the state's credit. The state's larger credit challenge remains addressing the reopened budget gap created by revenue underperformance and inability to achieve other budget solutions. UC (rated 'AA+') maintains significant flexibility to absorb the expected trigger cut despite having already absorbed substantial cuts this fiscal year. By contrast, the trigger cuts could affect the credit quality of some school districts, notably those with higher reliance on state funds and already limited financial flexibility. Read more...

Friday, November 4, 2011


 "WE THE PEOPLE” Occupy Wall Street “99ers”Petition California Governor to Declare a “Financial State of Emergency” to Halt Pending Foreclosures, holds banks Accountable, and Stabilize the Budget Crisis 

By: Patrick Porgans and Seth Sandronsky                                                       
             In California, foreclosures continue to batter homeowners, averaging out at 1,866 a day, 77 an hour each day the past 10 months, or 1.3 foreclosures per-minute. That’s surely on the minds of many Occupy Wall Street “99ers.”
According to Shum Preston, spokesman for the California attorney general’s office, there was a recent “surge in foreclosures” between July and August bringing an additional 560,000 homes into the foreclosure process.
Reportedly, “settlement negotiations” between the 50 state attorneys general and the nation’s five largest banks – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Co., Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial Inc., commenced in the fall of 2010, around abuses related to mortgage  servicing and foreclosure  practices
            During that time, the 50 state attorneys generals remained “occupied” in foreclosure-related settlement negotiations with the U.S. banks responsible for the housing market meltdown, while reportedly offering pennies on the dollar and requesting immunity from prosecution. 
The surge in California foreclosures, job losses, and the state’s ever-looming budget crisis, prompted “99ers” to  petition California Gov. Jerry Brown, Jr. to declare a Financial State of Emergency (FSE).
This FSE would provide for a moratorium on existing and future foreclosures within the state; call for and support of holding banks involved accountable, and use whatever means necessary to stabilize the state’s economy.
Via this statewide petition, the petitioners can express and peacefully exercise their rights to urge Gov. Brown to stop the flood of Golden State foreclosures (. He has the authority to invoke the letter and spirit of the Victims Bill of Rights California Constitution, Article 1, Section 28 (a), in the interest of foreclosure victims.
Gubernatorial precedent exists.
In January 2011, Gov. Brown declared a financial state of emergency involving California’s budget gap between taxing and spending. The state’s current budget was approved with a number of built-in “trigger mechanism” of spending cuts to take effects if anticipated tax-revenue projections in December fall short of $86.4 billion required for General Fund projects and programs.
Roughly one-third of California homeowners have mortgages that exceed the market price of their properties now. Reportedly, the Golden State has seen one in five foreclosures nationwide, or 1.2 million since 2008. Projections are that statewide foreclosure could reach 2 million next year.
            If California’s foreclosure rate continues unchecked, combined costs to homeowners, the property tax base, and local governments will reach an estimated $650 billion – and possibly as high as $1 trillion – from 2008 through 2012, according to a labor-community  coalition (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, People Improving Communities through Organization, California Reinvestment Coalition and several Service Employees International Union locals).
According to the ACCE, foreclosures will reduce property tax revenue by an estimated $3.8 billion. That amounts to a $2,058 property-tax-loss per foreclosure. The foreclosure-related costs that get kicked back to the government amounts to $17.4 billion, more than $19,000 per foreclosure.
In September 2010, while serving as state attorney general, Gov. Brown directed Ally Financial, Inc., formerly GMAC, to prove immediately that it is complying with state law or, if it cannot, to cease and desist from foreclosing on California homes. Around that time, GMAC halted foreclosures in 23 other states. 
Late last month, California Attorney General Harris announced after much consideration that she was pulling out of ongoing negotiations with the five biggest U.S. banks. She said that the agreement would allow “too few …homeowners to stay in their homes” and shield banks from further investigations.” According to The Wall Street Journal, AG Harris remains open to a “deal” with these U.S. banks in multi-state mortgage negotiations provided it involves a “stronger proposal” from lender.
            “I concluded that this is not the deal California homeowners have been looking for,” Harris wrote in a letter reportedly sent to U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perrelli and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
Why “reportedly?” Well, when a home owning-member of the public asked for a copy of her letter to Perrelli and Miller, Harris’ press officer refused. Further, when pressed for even an outline of the “deal” that Harris claims California homeowners seek, a spokesperson with her office suggested reading and making contact with mainstream news sources!
Harris is the latest state AG to back out of the potential 50-state settlement agreement, which originally promised criminal investigations into mortgage and foreclosure fraud. This agreement has come under fire for potentially granting broad immunity to banks for too little money, and for failing to adequately investigate the lead up to and occurred after the housing crisis.
Supporters of the California foreclosure petition claim that it would be in the state’s and the people’s interest to request that the governor lend his full support and weight to assist AG Harris in her investigation of the banks to gather all of the relevant facts to ascertain if sufficient grounds exist to file formal charges against U. S. banks involved in the foreclosure crisis, and, thereupon to proceed with the appropriate legal action(s).
California petitioners support AG Harris and Gov. Brown’s investigation of banks and foreclosures. Further, petitioners seek a full public disclosure of the details involving all alleged victims and perpetrators.
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Seth Sandronsky lives and writes in Sacramento, CA 



In California, foreclosures continue to batter homeowners, averaging out at 1,866 a day, 77 an hour, each day for 10 months, or 1.3 foreclosures per-minute; therefore,
We the People”, identified as the undersigned petitioners, respectfully request that Governor Brown declare an immediate “Financial State of Emergency”; as a measure to stabilize a recent and dramatic surge in foreclosures in California and that he declare a moratorium on all pending and foreseeable foreclosures within the state;
Furthermore, that the governor proceed with all haste to assist and support the State’s Attorney General Harris in an investigation of any alleged improprieties committed by the banks or bank representatives purportedly involved in the foreclosure crisis, and, thereupon to proceed with the appropriate legal action(s).
We the People” encourage Harris’ office to use the time spent. Over the course of the past 10-months, during costly stalled “settlement negotiations”, wherein, an additional 560,000 foreclosures occurred. This “surge in foreclosures”, reportedly prompted Harris to pull out of negotiations.
Furthermore, the people respectfully request that Harris not enter into additional settlement negotiations with the U. S. Banks, in questions, on matters pertaining to alleged bank-induced homeowner foreclosures; and that no “deal” be discussed nor agreed too, until such time, it has been submitted to the public at large; and ample opportunity to read, review, comment and approval of any such settlement agreement pertaining to the foreclosure crisis is provided to the victims.
Lastly, the Governor should consider suspending all further financial “dealings” or related business with said banks, including, the issuance and/or syndication of General Obligation bonds. Such a declaration should remain in effect, until a full accounting of the U. S. bankers’ actions have been determined by the Office of the Attorney General, and, any and all of the appropriate reparations have been made to the victims of the bank-induced financial crisis.

The Governor has the authority to declare a Financial State of Emergency as provided for in the State’s Constitution, Section 10(f) Article IV of the California Constitution. Both Governor Brown and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used their executive and constitutional powers to declare a Financial State of Emergency, resulting from the state’s annual budget crises. 

Such a moratorium should remain in place, until such time the banks involved in the settlement negotiations provide the state’s attorney general with a “deal” that the foreclosure victims “We the People” can live with; remaining in our homes.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Three-Day Weekend Provides Huge Captive Bay Area Audience for Occupy Wall Street Movement

By Patrick Porgans and Seth Sandronsky

Weather wise, the recent three-day weekend in the City by the San Francisco Bay was perfect. The sky was clear, the bay relatively still, mirroring the silhouettes of the once “endangered” Brown pelican flying, in a small flock, beneath the thunderous jet-wings of the “Blue Angels”. The angels were engaged in their annual dare-devil flight exhibition, as the City celebrated Fleet-Week’s 100-years of Naval Aviation. The roaring-supersonic sound and energy vibrations from the angels overhead could actually be felt on the ground.

Football fans were on hand to lend visual, body, and moral support to the San Francisco 49ers, during their home-town game. The game was seemingly plastered on any device that was capable of streaming-in the signal.

The city also hosted “Columbus Day” activities, which were visited by both supporters and opponents. The mood of the public, although contentious, was tolerant, and remained amazingly peaceful. While the angels, the Navy, 49er, and Columbus fans undoubtedly enjoyed the excitement and exhilaration from all the stimulation, it was apparently adding fuel to an upwelling of discontentment among indigenous Native American people and others who are offended by the celebration. While witnessing this cacophony of activities, standing across from 250 The Embarcadero, there was this massive structure depicting a bow and arrow plunged into the earth, leaving one to ponder, how this may affect indigenous peoples. 
 San Francisco, CA-USA (Google Photo)
In the backdrop of those and many other activities, the Occupy Wall Street-99 Percent Movement, still in its infancy, was also making a portion of the 99 percent’s presence known in major cities across the nation. Those demonstrating in downtown San Francisco could not have chosen a better day to demonstrate. The bay region was packed with outdoor and sports enthusiasts, enjoying a few-well-deserved days off with family, friends, and pets, out in the sun.

The participants in the movement essentially had a captive audience, as they were surrounded by a mass of people moving slowly by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, and in motor vehicles; giving passers-by the opportunity to partially discern what the 99 percent’s fledgling message(s); and providing many with a brief opportunity to openly express support for the movement, by waving, blinking their vehicle headlights or gently tapping on the horn.

Reportedly, it is the fourth week since the movement of Occupy Wall Street began in New York City’s financial district voicing concerns about and calling for an end to corporate greed, while vowing to hold government accountable.

Numerous other 99 percent demonstrations are taking place in other cities throughout the USA, and in California cities such as San Jose, Sacramento, and LA. Police have made hundreds of arrest of the participants purportedly for acts of “civil disobedience,” hinged on locally adopted ordinances.

Ironically, the participants coming together are being prompted by a myriad of factors, such as, high-unemployment rates; foreclosures, outsourcing American jobs; exporting the country’s raw materials; out-of-control government spending; tax cuts for the rich, government unaccountability; shifting the tax burden onto the backs of the middle class and lower-income earners, along with draconian cuts in safety-net services.

The Wall Street bankers are credited for the upwelling of the 99 percent movement. Participants admit that it would not have been possible but for the bankers’ greed and policy-makers’ incompetence inflating an $8 trillion housing bubble.

The top 1 percent of U.S. households owns more than half the nation’s stocks, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. The same 1 percent also controls more than $16 trillion in wealth — more than the bottom 90 percent.

The term 99 percent was contained in a 2006 Citigroup “dead peasant” memo, wherein Citigroup and the others members of the billionaires’ one-percentile, allude to the 99 percent as a potential threat source. The issue of wealth redistribution, the disparity between the one-percent and the 99-percent is on the table.

In his book published two months before the Great Recession began in December 2007, Michael Perlman, a professor of economics at California State University, Chico, placed the current social crisis into historical context. As the nation’s gross domestic product tripled from 1970 to 2003, the “top 13,000 tax-paying households … saw its wages and salaries increase fifteen-fold,” Perlman writes. Meanwhile, for the bottom 99 percent of American taxpaying units, average income remained basically unchanged between 1970 ($36,008) and 2004 ($37,295). In the view of Perelman and other radical students of capitalism, such income inequality is the driving force of the financial crisis currently (The Confiscation of American
Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

In the meantime, some participants in the 99 percent movement claim they became involved because of the government’s Wall Street bailout of the too-big-too-fail banks, from derivatives and sub-prime mortgage scams to wholesale usurping of billions of dollars in pension funds. Meanwhile, the local and state budget deficit crises fester, as the dollar remains overvalued. The latter pushes prices of imports down and exports up, reducing manufacturing employment and driving up the U.S. trade deficit.

A middle-aged couple living in the SF Bay region facing foreclosure said: “What’s the point of spending on billions for Homeland Security?” They pointed out the obvious: a rising number of Americans do not have a home to secure. The preponderance of the evidence, provided in official records; news accounts by reputable journalist, and documentaries, Congressional hearings and related-reports, support the assertion that it is those same banks that did and do profit from the “housing crisis,” Wall Street crisis, the local and state budget crises, and a host of other crises that are at the root of the nation’s ailing economy instability, placing a great deal of stress and uncertainty among the 99 percent.

Movement participants also sight the subprime “crisis” and the financial crises resulting from the home foreclosures, and their discontent with Elizabeth Warren’s inability to find out precisely where the $700 billion that the banks received from Congress, as part of the Wall Street banks’ orchestrated bailout, including the funds that went to the Goldman Sachs’ TEAM (Take Everything Americans Make).

Supporters of Warren believe she has the potential to make things happen. Unfortunately, others have her running for U.S. Senate; while others argue that she should stay focused on the money that the banks “made-off” with; not just the $700 billion, but the trillions of dollars that American homeowners had invested in their homes, many of whom are at retirement age. That money would be indentified as the “real equity” of homeowner family- invested money earned over a lifetime; this is the money homeowners are in need to recover. The banks packaged up both secure mortgages with high-risk sub-prime mortgages, and sold them as securities graded AAA by corrupt credit rating agencies. The perpetrators knew that would bring windfall profits in the short-term. The long-term brought a tidal wave of mortgage defaults and home foreclosures to the American populace.

According to the preponderance of the “evidence” made public, the financial crises were planned, executed, and finalized by many of the government officials appointed by the present and former presidents, with their legions of former Goldman Sachs executives.

In Sacramento, California, protesters have been arrested for occupying a city park, after midnight. They have vowed to take a stance and are calling for an end to corporate greed, and are circulating a petition to take back the parks. Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby said that the city ordinance to close the park at midnight has something to do with a lack of funds to ensure the users’ safety.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, earnestly campaigning for a new sport arena as budget woes close swimming pools and other community resources, agrees with the arrests of Occupy Sacramento protesters for violating the city’s anti-camping ordinance. Meanwhile, Johnson’s non-profit group has a charter (contract) to operate Sacramento High School, formerly a public institution.

A reporter for a Sacramento TV CBS affiliate raised questions as to how much it is costing the city to pay officers stationed at the Cesar Chavez Park. There, Occupy Sacramento protesters have been encamped since October 6. Chavez is the late labor leader of farm workers during the 1960s.

In the meantime, the state of California has been shutting down its parks, and requiring the taxpaying public to pay off hundreds of millions in general obligation bonds that were used to purchase parks in the first place. The bondholders win. The public loses.

Resistance grows. Native Americans, student, labor and civil rights groups join the call for all communities across the Americas to join in the struggle to denounce this so-called Columbus Day “celebration” and replace it with a national holiday to honor and remember the indigenous people. Oct. 14th there will be a march to the state Capitol for an Indigenous Day of Resistance Protest & Occupy Sacramento to denounce the United States ’ glorification of the atrocities committed against native ancestors of the Americas during the indigenous holocaust let by Christopher Columbus .

San Jose State Professor Scott Myer-Lipton said that the movement opens up an opportunity for suggestions, but that it needs to solidify around clear demands and solutions. Lipton’s concerns were also expressed by former Ambassador Andrew Young, who marched along side of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s civil rights movement. Young reportedly stated, for the movement to be effective it has to be more than people just voicing their frustrations. It has to have a cohesive message and be well organized.

At a congressional hearing last Wednesday, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke was asked what he thought of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Bernanke was among those that supported and pushed for the Wall Street (TBTF) bank bailout.

Bernanke replied: "Like everyone else, I'm dissatisfied with what the economy's doing right now. They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they're dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington . And at some level, I can't blame them." Read more.

Bernanke failed to see the $8 billion housing bubble that blew up and wrecked the economy. Why is that recent history not front-page news?

Mainstream media tends to miss the mark; the movement does not appear to be just about people demonstrating their frustrations, and/or being arrested, simply because they are exercising their rights as Americans to express discontent toward the government officials and the Wall Street TEAM; families are being thrown out of their homes onto the streets, as American jobs are being off-shored and employers strive to expand the 88 percent of American lacking union representation higher.

Movement participants say that the big banks should be arrested for breaking the law. There is even talk of possibly filing a RICO lawsuit against the banks and all of the government officials responsible for the recent financial crises. RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations and the civil and criminal penalties are set forth in 18 U.S.C. 1963 through 18 U.S.C. 1965 RICO lawsuit. RICO is generally a violation of these Federal statutes which define RICO, provide for civil and criminal actions based on RICO and set the damage standard. Three-Day Weekend Provides Huge Captive Bay Audience for Occupy Wall Sreet Movement

In the interim, 50 state attorneys general reportedly have been engaged in dialogue and/or possible settlement negations with the banks to discuss ways to reconcile the damages caused by Wall Street bankers; however, recent news account indicate that very little, if any, progress is being made.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced yesterday that her office is pulling out of a pending 50-state settlement with banks over wrongful foreclosures. “After much consideration, I have concluded that this is not the deal California homeowners have been looking for,” she wrote in the letter.

In a letter to Associate U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perrelli and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Harris said the agreement would allow “too few…homeowners to stay in their homes” and shield banks from further investigations.

Settlement negotiations between the 50 attorneys general and the nation’s five largest banks -- Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Co., Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Allied Financial Network, commenced last fall. Beginning over allegations of mortgage “robo-signing,” or the practice of bank employees notarizing or signing sworn documents without verifying or understanding them, they later expanded to include other abuses related to mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices.

Reportedly, a key reason for Harris to pull-out, said Shum Preston, spokesman for the California attorney general’s office, was a troubling "surge in foreclosures" between July and August.  Harris ' letter states: "During the period we have been negotiating, more than 560,000 additional homes in California have fallen into the foreclosure process."

There appears to be a growing number of the silent 99-percent that are taking effective actions without putting themselves or family members at risk; they are simply taking their money and business away from the big banks and placing what remains of their funds in credit unions and small banks. They are using their discretion and exercising their rights as citizens and taxpayers to hold government accountable.
The movement is on its way to define its objectives and provide solutions that the 99 percent can afford.

Much of what they are asking for, in its own way, was drafted by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his proposed “Second Bill of Rights, expanding the rights and economic security of the American people."
Although Roosevelt’s amendment was not adopted, it seemingly embodied many of the elements necessary to ensure a sustainable economy and more economic fairness than now exists for ordinary Americans’ lives.

Arguably, there is absolutely no need to re-invent the wheel. People’s commitment will determine the success of the 99 percent. It is their active involvement that will drive progressive changes to economic policies for consumers, homeowners, renters, students and taxpayers. After all, it was and is the 99 percent that made it possible for the one-percent to become as rich. Conversely, the 99 percent can shift the redistribution of wealth back, by the choices each and every one of them makes in the course of each and every day.

Planetary Solutionaries, as servants "For and of the People", have and will continue to provide information, answers, and viable solutions to ensuring the sustainability of our economy, public trust resources and the well-being of the public.

Readers are invited to visit the website at

Patrick Porgans is with the research firm Porgans and Associates. Seth Sandronsky lives and writes
\in Sacramento, CA.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

California Tax Revenue Decline Inches State Toward Trigger Cuts

When lawmakers agreed on the budget in June, it appeared the US economic
recovery was picking up pace. But the continuing debt crisis in Europe and
the impasse between Congress and the White House over raising the debt
ceiling shook confidence in the ...

By Michael B. Marois and James Nash

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- California took in less revenue than needed to stay within its budget last month, leaving the most- populous U.S. state at risk of triggering automatic cuts to universities and caregivers for the elderly and disabled.

The state had $705 million less on Sept. 30 than Governor Jerry Brown and Democrats projected in their budget for the year that began July 1, Controller John Chiang said yesterday. The $86-billion spending plan included a series of reductions to be activated if revenue falls below certain levels.
The first tier, if the shortfall is $1 billion, would trim University of California and California State University budgets by $100 million each, increase community-college fees by $10 per unit and cut in-home services for the elderly and disabled who need help. In December, Brown’s finance department will estimate whether the rest of the year’s revenue can meet the original projection.

“The potential for revenue shortfalls is precisely why the governor and Legislature included trigger cuts in this year’s state spending plan,” Chiang said in a statement. “September’s revenues alone do not guarantee that triggers will be pulled. But as the largest revenue month before December, these numbers do not paint a 
hopeful picture.”

Note to Reader(s): more info on Bonded Indebtedness and Orchestrated Budget Crisis, go to, click :Ongoing Projects; California Bondage.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Water agency leaders oppose deal for proposed Cargill Redwood City development

Posted: 08/24/2011 06:37:25 AM PDT
An Arizona company's plan to build the largest housing development on the shores of San Francisco Bay since the birth of Foster City more than 50 years ago is hitting a potentially significant new hurdle: lack of water.

DMB Associates of Scottsdale, Ariz., has proposed to build 12,000 homes in Redwood City east of Highway 101 on vacant lands once used by Cargill Salt.

On Tuesday, however, leaders at two prominent Silicon Valley water districts said they are opposed to helping the project acquire water through a complex transfer involving farming interests near Bakersfield.

"I'm not going to support something like that," said Don Gage, chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Water District's board. "It entangles you in a situation where you don't want to be. It doesn't do any good for the water district to be put in that position."

Similarly, Walt Wadlow, general manager of the Alameda County Water District, said his agency isn't interested in partnering with DMB to shift the Bakersfield water through its system to Redwood City.

"Alameda County Water District is not participating and has no intention of participating in providing a water supply for the DMB-Cargill Project," Wadlow said. "Numerous environmental issues have been raised with regard to this project and we have no interest in contributing to the ongoing controversy."

Friday, August 19, 2011

As Suspected By Carter annd Porgans - Brown is Behind the Canal

Jerry Brown reaffirms support for Delta-killing peripheral canal

by Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown, in his remarks to the editorial board of the Fresno Bee on Wednesday, August 17, reaffirmed his support for a peripheral canal or tunnel to facilitate the export of more California Delta water to corporate agribusiness and southern California water agencies.
The Bee piece focused on Brown's support for high speed rail - and provided little detail about Brown's plan to build the canal, a project opposed by a broad coalition of Delta residents, fishermen, family farmers, Indian Tribes and environmental justice communities.
"The rail project is one of two major infrastructure projects on Brown's agenda," according to the Bee. "He said today that he will have a plan for the other project - a peripheral canal or other way to move water through or around the Delta - within a year." (

On August 11, California Natural Resources John Laird and Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes unveiled their "aggressive schedule" to build Delta "conveyance" through Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the California Natural Resources Agency agreed to a schedule for completing an effects analysis and a combined environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIR/EIS) as part of the BDCP by June 2012. (

They also agreed to considering a "suite of alternatives" for evaluation in identifying a proposed Delta conveyance project. Those alternatives include a variety of conveyance facilities with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second.

Governor Brown is continuing to promote Schwarzenegger's peripheral canal," Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, responded to Brown's latest affirmation of support for the canal. "That is too bad. He is another career politician clinging to ideas from the past that will not serve the present. It's a shame that he is not looking at cutting edge technology and new solutions to create a positive environmental and economic legacy for California.

Likewise, Calleen Sisk-Franco, the Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said, "The Tribe is totally against the canal in any form."

"Governor Brown has put the canal, a huge project to take water from the Delta, on the fast track, explained Sisk-Franco. But both the little salmon and adult chinooks need the fresh water in the estuary to acclimate when they go up and down the river.

She emphasized, Many people assume that the Governor is doing the best job for us. However, what he is really doing is the best job he can for the corporations.

The corporate agenda behind the peripheral canal and general obligation water bonds is revealed in the ground-breaking two part investigative report, "Budgets, Billionaires, Bonds, Big Profits and the Brown Family," written by Patrick Porgans and Lloyd G. Carter. (

 "Part One focuses on how the wealthy and landed have used the public bond process in California to further their own interests, while promoting and profiting from the state’s budget crisis. Part Two focuses on the family legacy of Gov. Edmund G. Pat Brown, who first mastered the art of selling water bonds half a century ago, to finance the construction of the State Water Project, which was sold as a project that would pay for itself. It never has," explained Porgans and Carter. (

Brown's support for the peripheral canal should come as no surprise, since he backed the earlier version of the peripheral canal during his previous term as Governor. The voters overwhelmingly voted down the peripheral canal proposal during the election of November 1982.

Canal opponents believe the construction of the canal, designed to divert massive quantities of badly needed fresh water out of the Delta, would likely result in the extinction of Central Valley steelhead, Sacramento River chinook salmon, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other imperiled fish species.

The fish-killing canal is teamed up with an equally destructive "habitat restoration" plan to convert vast areas of Delta farmland, some of the most productive agricultural land on the planet, into marshland so that drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley can continue to be irrigated by corporate agribusiness interests.

The campaign to build the peripheral canal is not the only program of the Schwarzenegger administration that Governor Brown has embraced. He has also decided to forge ahead with Schwarzenegger's widely-contested Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, a privately funded process to create so-called "marine protected areas" characterized by numerous conflicts of interest, institutional racism and the violation of numerous federal, state and international laws.

The Brown administration has also decided to allow record water export pumping out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta this year, resulting in a massive, unprecedented fish kill at the state and federal pumps.

A horrific 8,966,976 splittail, 35,556 chinook salmon, 430,289 striped bass, 54,412 largemouth bass, 69,383 bluegill, 76,570 white catfish, 28,301 channel catfish, 233,174 threadfin shad, 264,171 American shad, 1,642 steelhead and 51 Delta smelt were salvaged in the state and federal water export facilities from January 1 to August 2, 2011, according to Department of Fish and Game (DFG) data. As if that isn't bad enough, the overall loss of fish in and around the State Water Project and Central Valley Project facilities is believed to dwarf the actual salvage counts (
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