Friday, January 22, 2010

Secretary Ken Salazar and the Department of the Interior will not be attending the town hall on Monday

The ineptness of Secretary Ken Salazar and the Department of the Interior continues unchecked. They refuse to turn on the pumps, they refuse to build the two gates project, and now they refuse to attend a water town hall in Fresno on Monday – a town hall in which they would hear directly from the citizens.

Read for yourself – this is the statement they sent:

“Because of other commitments, particularly the NAS panel meeting happening the same day in Davis, the Department of the Interior will be unable to send a representative to the event. We are aware of the severe economic and social impacts on Central Valley communities of the water supply situation. Representatives of the Department, including the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, have traveled to the Central Valley and learned first-hand of the conditions caused by the current drought. The department wants the residents of the Central Valley to know of our continuing attention to and concern over this situation, and that we remain committed to taking short and long-term actions that can address the situation.”

They have said the same thing for a year! When will they actually do something?

I urge you to attend this town hall at the Fresno City Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street, 2nd floor, Fresno, California on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 8:30am. Diverse witnesses will be invited to testify and members of the public will have the opportunity to speak.