Mayor Swearengin Praises Governor, Legislature for Action on Comprehensive Water Package

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after the state Legislature passed a comprehensive water package that includes an $11 billion bond measure:

“This is an historic step that is profoundly important to the future of Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley and the entire state of California. Our region and our state simply could not succeed if we didn’t address our water infrastructure challenges. This action should serve as a real turning point in making sure that we have water to meet our needs, both now and in the future.

“Our Valley legislators deserve our strong praise for continuing to push this complex and contentious issue forward. I also want to particularly commend Gov. Schwarzenegger for his commitment and leadership on this issue. In addition, I want to thank Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido for joining me in letting the Legislature know about the impact that water shortages have on our state’s large cities.”