Jerry Brown seeks $1-billion emergency drought relief plan for California

A new plan for battling Caifornia’s persistent drought includes more than $1 billion in funds, mostly bond money that was approved by voters as far back as 2006, according to details obtained by The Times.

The proposal is scheduled to be unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers in the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Sources requested anonymity to provide details of the legislation before the official announcement.
The biggest chunk of the money is $660 million from a ballot measure nearly passed a decade ago to fund flood control projects.

Another $272.7 million would be spent from the $7.5 billion water bond measure that was approved by voters in November. That money would be used to safeguard drinking water and support recycling and desalination projects.

Other parts of the plan would require the state to spend millions of dollars faster than previously scheduled on initiatives like food assistance and wildlife preservation.

California is entering its fourth consecutive year of drought, and this latest proposal could mark the second consecutive year in which the Legislature has approved emergency drought relief. <more>

March 19, 2015 LA Times