Water district bill gets Assembly panel nod
May 7, 2014
A bill to create a water management district for the Paso Robles water basin barely navigated its initial legislative test in Sacramento Wednesday afternoon, slipping through the Assembly Local Government Committee on a 6-1 vote.
Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) is carrying the measure, AB 2453, next step for which is a vote on the lower house floor. The bill garnered the bare minimum votes necessary to move on.
Democrats Luis Alejo, Steve Bradford, Richard Gordon, and Melissa Melendez joined Achadjian and fellow Republican Marie Waldron to move the bill. Committee vice-chair Marc Levine, a Democrat, voted against the proposal.
Two county supervisors spoke on the bill: Bruce Gibson endorsed approval, while Debbie Arnold asked the committee to deny passage because it provides for a management and policy board whose membership is based on acreage owned, and not one property owner, one vote.
Arnold expressed frustration with the outcome of the hearing, after which she told CalCoastNews, “If we need special legislation to create a governing board to include everyone’s voice after the district is created, then why don’t we feel the need to include everyone’s voice to create the district in the first place?”