Drought. That word is a big problem for farmers in my California district 71. It is even a worse problem throughout the state. The climate has changed; there is an overall reduction in annual rainfall for farmers in California. The underground water sources, some deep and over ten thousand years old, are being drained. As an engineer, I’m used to solving complicated problems. But this is a big one and there are no easy solutions. 80% of the water in California is used by farms, and farms are important to California citizens and as food security for the United States. I don’t think we want to give up because the problem is hard. We just need to work smarter and harder to come up with a solution. We need responsible, scalable, sustainable solutions that are great for the farmers and for the people of our great state of California. Here are some ideas I would propose as a state legislator in California:
1. All Solutions must be Smart and Sustainable: We need to work on smart, sustainable growth. Solutions that do not scale with growth then need to have growth stopped, or we need a smarter solution. We cannot, and should not waste our precious water, nor destroy our farms. Tony Teora believes we must have smart sustainable water solutions for California. This is one of Teora’s top agendas for the state besides creating jobs.
2. Root Cause: In solving engineering or computer problems, we need to under the ‘root cause’ to ensure our solution solves for that problem. The root cause may be climate change in California, population growth, changes in farming, etc. I suspect growth, and the droughts are key factors. I recommend we have the California Water Commission work smarter or create a special ‘think-tank’ to work on smart solutions. Tony Teora believes we should include the greatest minds in the state, country and plane to solve California’s water problems. We need to include the experts to get an expert solution.
3. Stupid Regulations, Lawsuits & Politics: Even with smart solutions, we have many stupid politicians, laws and tons of wasteful bureaucracy in California. We need to cut the red tape to use smart technologies. Desalinization is used successfully in countries like Israel but the red-tape adds cost in California. We need to increase the number of desalinization plants and reduce the cost. Water security for our state is vital. Tony Teora will vigorously support more, cheaper, less red-tape desalinization plants.
4. Irrigation Incentive Support: Drip irrigation and other techniques will help farmers. Tony Teora believes we need to reduce taxes and give bigger credits to farmers who upgrade their technologies. Teora support’s multi-year tax abatements to farmers who can show they are using smart solutions for their future farms.
When I am elected to the California state assembly, I promise to attack this critical issue. As an engineer, and NOT a politician, I know I can do this better than my competitors. We have too many politicians and not enough engineers/businessmen working in Sacramento.
Vote Tony Teora 2016 for District 71!
RANDY VOEPEL’s PLAN on ‘WATER’:
For details notes on my competitor Randy Voepel’s solution on the drought (‘Water’), you can go to his website at:
http://www.randyvoepel.org/issues Or, you can read this re-print from Randy Voepel’s site:
‘Water We need visionary leadership on this issue. Throughout the years, our state’s leaders have failed to build an adequate water infrastructure, and now we’re paying the price. In addition, environmental ideologues have created additional barriers that prevent responsible water management, as our state laws are designed to favor fish over people. As an Assemblymember, I’ll bring a common-sense approach to this issue and ensure our state has a long-term plan for water.’
Sounds like ‘visionary leadership’, but where are the specifics Randy Voepel?