Tim Sheridan, Democratic challenger to Congressman Ken Calvert of California’s 42nd district, said this week that the Congressman “is wrong to say that ‘regulations have contributed to the water shortage in California’.”

Tim Sheridan
Tim Sheridan
        Tim Sheridan, Democratic challenger to Congressman Ken Calvert of California’s 42nd district, said this week that the Congressman “is wrong to say that ‘regulations have contributed to the water shortage in California’.”  Sheridan said Calvert's recent statement to that effect was “motivated by politics and is not good public policy.”

         While speaking in favor of the bill, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (HR 3964), on February 5th on the House floor, Mr. Calvert said, “Ongoing drought conditions combined with regulatory restrictions have placed a tremendous strain on California’s water supply.”

         “While he is correct to say that the drought is the cause of the problem,” Sheridan said, “Mr. Calvert’s attempt to blame ‘regulations’ is motivated simply by politics- something that he and the House leadership do too often. 

         More importantly, changing the regulations in question- regulations that have ensured fair distribution of the water across the state for a long time- is not good public policy.”  Sheridan added, “As a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, Mr. Calvert should know better.  He should be using his position to deal with the root causes of the record drought, and not politicize the issue.”  Mr. Sheridan joins other opponents of the bill who say that it will provide water to California’s Central Valley at the expense of other users, including those in Southern California.  

          “When dealing with an important matter like a severe water shortage,” Sheridan said, “we need the members of Congress to put aside politics and focus on what can be done to help everyone involved.  Mr. Calvert’s action would interfere with the complex, good faith agreements that are already in place and were designed to balance the competing needs for water in this region,” he concluded. 


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Elfbkr February 20, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Joseph, your total water bill is $30 or less? EVMWD breaks down the water bill for water, service charge, power zone & sewer Charge. Our water alone last month was $24, but the other items total $61 = total bill $85. House is 1320 SqFt, no grass.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 20, 2014 at 08:32 AM
I like said before Ken Calvert's time in Congress has expired and we need someone new sitting in his seat. I want to see a DEMO of what we get when we have another party representing our interest.
ChrisG February 20, 2014 at 08:37 AM
The state is not pumping as much water out of the delta in order to dilute toxic levels of pesticides that leach into that body of water in an attempt to save the delta smelt and other animals on threatened or endangered species lists. At least they think it is pesticides that are killing most of those fish and not non-native species that have been introduced into that ecosystem. Did you know that we are only capturing about 5% of the total annual runoff for our water supply? Seems like some reasonable measures would allow for more water to be transferred to farmers and the rest of us. Things like, not allowing the use of pesticides in areas where they will pollute the delta, capture more water from seasonal precipitation, use GMO crops that require less water and pesticides. Sooner or later the water will need to be sent to the farms. They provide jobs, cheap produce and are required for all of us to live and enjoy our lifestyle. Calverts viewpoint seems quite reasonable to me. As for playing politics, it looks to me like that is what Sheridan is doing.
Joseph Morabito February 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
I misspoke. My water bill is much higher, because it includes many things in addition to the charge for water. The charge for water is what I was talking about. So, when I asked for the definition of "Sky High" I wanted a real example. No one wants rate increases for anything —EVER, including me. Thing is, that isn't real life. If there isn't enough water to go around, the market place demands the prices rise. As much as I wouldn't want to pay double, especially on the entire bill, that may be reality for those that choose to use as much water today as they did yesterday. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris, how dare you take emotion out of this? And you dare to invoke the satanically stained GMOs? You must want your grandkids to have three legs or something... [hmmm... thinking on a kid with three legs... LIGHTBULB sound >>DING<<. Well, if your grandkids end up with three legs, they'd probably be the number one pick in AYSO] In other words... I'm not in mortal fear of GMOs either.
andy fischer February 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I don't care what all those engineers, PhDs, and MBAs say. I know what's going on with the water in this state - my gardener explained it to me, so that's I'll I need to know before I vote.
Marjorie Marrale February 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM
The thing about this drought is they'll jack our water bills up and then next year will be the wettest year ever but the rates will remain high forever.
Cindy Petersen February 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Joseph :"I'd rather throw my vote away.." ?======================== There's a huge difference in the platforms of the two parties. Elections do have consequences- unnecessary wars, reproductive policy, action on climate change, immigration.� Your wasted vote, and the lost votes of those who choose not to participate, would make a difference.
Joseph Morabito February 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Cindy, I appreciate your views, but disagree with the idea that a vote for a third party is a waste. Thing is, though I'm an independent that stylizes myself as a Pragmatic Libertarian, and I can't stand what the right wing brings with its religious bent... if I was forced to vote either "R" or "D" it would be "R". Thankfully, this is still the USA and I am not facing such a dire thing.
SA February 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM
@ Jeff Kleiner, Liberals are not Americans as they hate America and want us to be under the thumb of a dictator …
Marjorie Marrale February 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Mr. Morabito, your third party voting is how we got George W. Bush as president. Had Gore won do you think we would of have the Iraq war, probably not, W wasted surplus on tax cuts for his rich friends and put two wars on the credit card. Not smart to waste your vote on third party clowns.
Jeff Kleiner February 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM
SA your post shows how uneducated, intolerant, full of hate and indoctrination, prejudice and discrimination you are. All citizens are American and as Joesph said have the right to vote who they believe in. Cindy and Brent, I stand behind your posts. SA you re full of shit.
Randall February 20, 2014 at 01:33 PM
I don't know why anybody in Temecula is complaining about water. We sit on an aquifer with a natural recharge rate of 13.3 billion gallons of water per year and a safe yield of 11.2 billion gallons - enough for every man, woman and child in the region to consume (or waste) 52,000 gallons per year. Yet Rancho Water District steals 60% of the water used here from Northern California. Yea, I said steal. If you're taking it and you don't need it, you're stealing it from people who do. RWD would rather take water from up north and let our water drain out once the aquifer is full, all so they can get "their fair share." Meanwhile, I see plenty of full water tanker trucks driving out of here to get bottled and sold at a premium. Want to vote someone out? Vote out the RWD cronies who are ripping you off.
One Voice February 20, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I live in the unincorporated area of Lake Elsinore, Cleaveland Nationa Forest, I am and have been on water rations with EVMWD for years? I have a half acre and a pool with the yard being fully landscaped with grass and drought tolerant plants. My water bill was $177.00 last month because I had to add water to the pool and of course the weather has been a bit warmer. Years ago the President gave SW Riverside County a huge Grant to figure out a way to get water to us, what happen to that money? Also my neighbor said that EVMWD is offering $1.00 a sq ft for people to tear up their landscaping and put rock or alternative landscaping in, has anyone heard of this? We have spent thousands of dollars in our beautiful home and landscaping, I for one am not going to ruin it because the water district wants to rape us all on using water. Figure out a way to get water here from somewhere, this is nothing but a ploy to jack our rates again. Arizona has water problems yet their people don't pay high rates and they have never been rationed.
BLUESGUITAR777 February 20, 2014 at 01:59 PM
I don't know enough about Sheridan or Calvert to pass judgment here but one thing is for sure - the additional charges on EVMWD water bills are ridiculous. If I didn't use a drop of water my bill is guaranteed to still be $70approx a month (service and sewer charges). What a racket they have going on...
Randall February 20, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Bad news One Voice, if the governor declares mandatory rationing your water district will just shut off your water once you've reached your allotment. Eventually progressives will make it impossible for you to live out in the Cleveland National Forest on that big piece of land with all that grass. It's just not fair to everybody else. You're gonna have to move into high density housing with the rest of us sheep with our low-flow faucets and shower timers. Why do you think your bill is $177? So you'll dig up your yard because you can't afford to water it. Time to vote out the water district.
One Voice February 20, 2014 at 02:17 PM
LOL Randall, I have all the water conservation devices in my home and drip systems in my yard, when it comes time to dig up my yard we will be moving out of California to a place where they welcome businesses and high end landscaping and don't punish you for it :)
One Voice February 20, 2014 at 02:20 PM
BTW, we are the only ones on rationing, the Governor lifted the rationing of water for Orange County, LA, San Diego and other Counties a couple years ago.
Joseph Morabito February 20, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Marjorie, that's nearly as offensive as it gets. Though I did NOT vote for Bush either time, he was my president and he wasn't any different than Clinton, and not nearly as idiotic as Obama has been. Your team has done it's best to kill this nation, and if my vote for the Libertarian in 2000 kept Gore out, all the better. The Dems are not just 'wolves in sheeps clothing' but Satan incarnate... though don't get me wrong here... I say the same thing about the right wing machines too. Both squads have teamed up to steal from us... and nothing short of complete collapse will change it.
lotsahelp February 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM
I voted for gore and when 9/11 happened I was glad our president was George Bush. Those of you who continue to bleat about one party being more evil than the other miss the fact that both are sucking us dry. There aren't a lot of differences except One wants to get everyone used to the government fixing all their problems. And the other seems to think that I should trust big business to do the right thing. It is issue by issue: no on illegal immigration, yes on abortion rights, no on raising minimum wages as a way of fixing the economy(ever heard of inflation?), no on saving the delta smelt, etc etc etc. According to the numbers I found Calvert won 60% of the vote last time so when you ask why would anyone vote for him- there should be a ton of people answering. I however stopped voting for sleaseballs who can't keep it in their pants when clinton left office so after calverts shenanigans I voted independant also in that race. And I will again.
Marjorie Marrale February 21, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Clinton lets see LOTSHELP, 8 years of peace prosperity and SURPLUS, most people don't care about his sex life. The right wingers vote against their own interests all the time. Their so afraid a poor person might get a benefit or two meanwhile there's such a thing known as corporate welfare like GE who doesn't pay any taxes, these are the welfare KINGS who really cost the tax payer. Make Walmart pay a liveable wage and we will all pay less in taxes which may support food stamps etc.
Randall February 21, 2014 at 09:21 PM
The only reason Clinton ended his presidency with a surplus was because of Newt Gingrich and the Contract With America. Let's not rewrite history. The House of Representatives wrote balanced budgets, which were approved in the Senate and signed by Clinton. Unfortunately, nobody today even attempts to balance the budget. My guess is that Sheridan wouldn't agree to vote NO on any budget that isn't balanced.
lotsahelp February 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM
The sad part is Clinton lied to us under oath and directly to the american people and we (I did too) excused his behavior exactly because of how well the country was doing. What lesson did that teach our children? the ends justify the means. How is that different from the big bad greedy republicans?
Thetis Pressley February 22, 2014 at 02:27 AM
lotsahelp, Bush lied to us about WMD, and got 4,486 American troops killed in Iraq. What does that teach our children?Plus the cost of 2 unfunded wars to the tune of $1,515,740,000,000+ What does that teach our children?
lotsahelp February 22, 2014 at 07:42 AM
thetis most of what i have read indicates bush was wrong on wmds, not that he lied. but i think the world is a better place with saddam gone. i have no problem with the war in afghanistan. if you remember we were attacked. i think it teaches our children that other countries better not attack us or threaten our security. i suppose you thought clintons police actions in bosnia etc were fine? ________honestly if the wars were so easy to get out of wouldnt obama have shut them both down in his first year?______but i know from experience that it is easy to make excuses for whatever side you support. and that the "other" side can never trump whatever point a person is making. ____
Randall February 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Everything you need to know: "My name is Tim Sheridan, and I am running for Congress in the 42nd District in California. Professionally, I work for a union. I have worked for the same union since 1996 representing employees before Federal government agencies.  I love my job. On a personal level, my father was a Teamster. I am married to a wonderful woman, a union member herself. My experience working in a Union makes me well suited to serve in Congress. I have successfully maintained relationships with management at federal agencies. Those relationships meant that we could later negotiate agreements that met everyone’s needs. Government employee unions are killing California, but don't worry Sheridan can fax congress.
Status Quo February 22, 2014 at 02:17 PM
'Jeff Kleiner'... he's baaack.
Status Quo February 22, 2014 at 02:28 PM
'Randall', For clarity, when does your beginning quote end? I can surmise, it it simple typo and possibly just the last sentence that fell outside a complete quote of the upstarts' castigations of Rep. Calvert's position.
Randall February 22, 2014 at 11:27 PM
(Status Quo) Sorry. I was typing on the iPad and forgot the end quote before the "everyone's needs" part. The last sentence is mine. My point is that if he loves his job, he should keep it. We don't need another organizer in Washington DC gumming up the works.
Status Quo February 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Your clarification, is appreciated and you are correct.
Jack Doyle March 09, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Worrying about the CA races when we have the capitol of corruption right here led by a wanna be mafia chieftain AND WE ARE THE BROKEST STATE IN AMERICA, seems a streaaatch! JERSEY SMELLS STRONG, THAT'S ALL!


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