Brown Signs Bill to Move Water Bond to 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed AB 1422, legislation moving the 2012 water bond to the November 2014 ballot.

The bill by Assembly Member Henry Perea (D-Fresno), which cleared both houses on a bipartisan, two-thirds vote, moves the $11.14 billion water bond to 2014 without making any changes to the content of the bond.

The move was supported by a broad coalition including ACWA and its member agencies, conservation groups, business, labor and agriculture.

“While the decision to move the water bond was a difficult one, we know it was necessary for a variety of reasons to change the timing from this November to 2014,” said ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn in a statement. “…Our support for moving the bond in no way weakens the resolve of ACWA and our allies to get the job done over the long term."