Following the release of California's 2019-2020 state budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom brought cabinet members to the San Joaquin Valley, where many communities are afflicted with unsafe drinking water. He took to Twitter to announce what he was there for:
"Took my Cabinet on a surprise trip to the Central Valley to hear directly from folks who lack access to affordable, clean water.
Our first stop: we met with residents who cannot drink or bathe with the water in their homes"
While in Monterey Park Tract in Ceres, a community with several contaminated wells, Newsom spoke with local media outlets and had this to say:
View the full video of Newsom in Monterey Park Tract below.
Video Source: The Modesto Bee
Gavin Newsom in Stanislaus County to discuss state’s bad water
COALICIÓN DEL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA
10 de enero, 2019
Contacto: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170 / Maria Elena Jauregui, 818-355-5291 (Medios de comunicación en español)
EL GOBERNADOR NEWSOM HACE QUE EL AGUA POTABLE Y LIMPIA SEA UNA PRIORIDAD A NIVEL ESTATAL
La Coalición Pide A La Legislatura Que Mantenga Su Promesa De Introducir En Su Legislación El Derecho Humano A Tener Agua Potable, Limpia Y Económica Para Todos Los Californianos
Sacramento, CA – La Coalición Del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia Y Económica en respuesta al presupuesto estatal presentado por el gobernador Newsom para el año fiscal 2019-2020 da a conocer la siguiente declaración por parte de Jonathan Nelson, Director de Asuntos Políticos del Centro Comunitario por el Agua:
“Este presupuesto deja en claro que el gobernador Newsom está demostrando su liderazgo para asegurar que todos los californianos puedan finalmente tener acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica. Como organizaciones que trabajamos directamente con las comunidades que no tienen agua sana, limpia y económica, vemos el compromiso del gobernador en trabajar junto con la legislatura para dar un paso histórico y establecer el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica para terminar esta crisis hacia los derechos humanos que ha amenazado a las personas en todas las regiones de nuestro estado. Estamos de acuerdo en que la crisis en California sea “una desgracia” por tener un millón de personas sin acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica.
“Ahora la legislatura debe introducir inmediatamente una legislación para promulgar el Fondo Económico Para Tener Acceso al Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica y garantizar que cada niño y familia en California pueda tener el acceso universal al agua sana, limpia y económica. Es particularmente importante una inversión permanente para asegurar que las comunidades predominantemente latinas y de escasos recursos ya no sean las más afectadas por la crisis del agua potable en California.
“Esperamos trabajar con el gobernador y los legisladores para asegurar que la inversión sea permanente y sostenible para tener agua sana y económica a través del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica.”
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SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2019
CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170 / Maria Elena Jauregui, 818-355-5291 (Spanish language media)
GOVERNOR NEWSOM MAKES SAFE DRINKING WATER TOP STATE PRIORITY
Coalition Calls on Legislature to Introduce Legislation that
Keeps Promise of a Human Right to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water
Sacramento, CA – The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Jonathan Nelson, Policy Director, Community Water Center in response to Governor Newsom’s 2019-2020 state budget proposal:
“This budget makes clear that Governor Newsom is already demonstrating his leadership to ensure all Californians can finally have access to safe and affordable drinking water. As community-based organizations that are working alongside communities without safe, affordable water, we see the Governor’s commitment to working with the Legislature to establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund as a historic step towards addressing this human rights crisis that threatens people in every region of our state. We agree that California’s crisis of one million people without access to safe, affordable drinking water is ‘a disgrace.'
“Now, the Legislature must immediately introduce legislation to enact a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund that will ensure every child, every family, in California can have universal access to safe and affordable drinking water. Ongoing investment is particularly important to ensure communities of color and low-income neighborhoods no longer bear the brunt of California’s drinking water crisis.
“We look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to ensure sustained investments, and sustainable provision of safe and affordable drinking water, through a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.”
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COALICIÓN DEL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA
7 de enero, 2019
Contacto: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170
LA INAUGURACIÓN DE GAVIN NEWSOM COMO NUEVO GOBERNADOR DE CALIFORNIA ES UNA OPORTUNIDAD PARA QUE TODOS LOS CALIFORNIANOS FINALMENTE LOGREMOS EL DERECHO HUMANO A TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA
Sacramento, CA – El día de hoy, la Coalición Del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia Y Económica, Dan Howells, el Director del estado de California de “Clean Water Action” anunció la siguiente declaración en la inauguración de Gavin Newsom como gobernador de California:
“El Gobernador Gavin Newsom asume el cargo en un momento en que el liderazgo moral de California y su desempeño se ven empañados por nuestro fracaso para lograr que un millón de californianos gocen del derecho humano básico para tener agua potable, limpia y económica.”
"El hecho de que las comunidades en desventaja tengan un alto riesgo por tener agua insegura es una situación que el Gobernador Newsom declaró recientemente y que firmemente declara que ‘es impropio lo que somos y lo que defendemos’. Representando a una amplia coalición de líderes de la comunidad que abogan por el agua y grupos por la justicia económica, estamos preparados y dispuestos a tener soluciones viables. Lo que se necesita para implementar esas soluciones, y de hecho, lo que está muy atrasado, es un compromiso de financiamiento permanente por parte del estado para proporcionar el acceso universal al agua potable y limpia.”
“Siete años después de que California declaró el acceso al agua potable, limpia y económica como un derecho humano, el 2019 debe ser el año en que se cumpla este mandato y el desafío del Gobernador Newsom: ‘Somos dueños de esto, y necesitamos arreglarlo’. Estamos dispuestos a trabajar con el Gobernador y la nueva Legislatura para que sea una realidad el derecho a tener agua sana en nuestros hogares y en las fuentes de agua que hay en las escuelas.
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SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2019
CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170
INAUGURATION OF GAVIN NEWSOM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
CALIFORNIA TO FINALLY ATTAIN HUMAN RIGHT TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER
Sacramento, CA – Today the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Dan Howells, California State Director of Clean Water Action, on the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California:
“Governor Gavin Newsom takes office at a time when California’s moral leadership and unparalleled potential are clouded by our failure to deliver the essential human right of safe and affordable drinking water to one million Californians.
“The fact that communities of color face the highest risk from unsafe water is a situation Governor Newsom recently and strongly declared is ‘unbecoming of who we are and what we stand for.’ Representing a broad coalition of community water advocates and economic justice groups, we stand ready and willing with proven solutions. What is needed to implement those solutions – indeed, what is long overdue – is a permanent funding commitment from the state towards providing universal access to safe drinking water.
“Seven years after California declared access to safe and affordable drinking water is a human right, 2019 must be the year we meet this mandate and Governor Newsom’s challenge, ‘We own this, we’ve got to fix this.’ We look forward to working with the Governor and new Legislature to make the right to safe taps and school drinking fountains a reality.”
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Bartolo Chavez of Arvin, CA has drinking water contaminated by carcinogenic pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-TCP and arsenic.
Last week, after almost two years of advocacy, five days of water strikes at the Capitol, multiple legislative visits, and loud, passionate calls for government accountability, the legislative session ended without the passage of a critical two-bill package to fund safe and affordable drinking water.
Unfortunately, political self-interest trumped addressing a decades-old public health crisis impacting more than one million Californians. Concerned about potential election year fallout, the State Assembly shelved our bills for this session.
This outcome is an outrage to those who will have to go another year living with toxic taps.
Even though justice has been delayed, justice will not be denied.
Due to the courageous, steadfast and skillful advocacy by impacted residents, Speaker Rendon issued a public statement committing to making ongoing, sustainable funding a priority for the legislature when they reconvene in January.
As saddened and angry as we are in the face of this delay of justice to serve nearsighted political interests, CWC, our community partners, and allies will not be stopped from aggressively seeking a solution to California's drinking water crisis when the legislature reconvenes in January.
Also, this month, we are launching the Community Water Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization which can participate directly in partisan election-related activities. This November, CWC Action Fund be endorsing candidates who will be accountable to their communities’ drinking water needs and speaking with thousands of Latino voters to ensure they make their voices heard. Help us build community-based power leading up to November by joining our email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
As impacted residents made clear last week at the Capitol: the people united will never be divided. Join us this fall as we hold our elected officials accountable and make sure the Human Right to Water remains a priority.
Susana and Laurel
Yesterday was a powerful day with over 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveling to Sacramento to share their experience with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Several speakers raised their voices for safe water at the rally including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solario, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dolores Huerta and Dr. Salvador Sandoval.
See pictures from the day below! Thank you to everyone who took the time to raise their voices for safe water!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steven Maviglio, 916-607-8340
June 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO -- Supporters of a statewide Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund today applauded the commitment by Governor Jerry Brown, Legislative leadership and a bipartisan group of legislators to continue to craft a solution to the state’s drinking water crisis.
The Legislature did not take further action on the Fund as part of this year’s budget bill but signaled that they will continue work on the Fund through the summer. Noted the Governor’s Department of Finance spokesperson H.D. Palmer: “The Legislature has indicated a commitment to continue discussions this summer. They recognize that this is a very important issue that will take some more time to work through.”
The budget does specifically set aside $23.5 million General Fund for allocation to “safe drinking water actions later in this legislative session.”
Senator Monning, the Senate Majority Leader and author of the original bill proposing the Fund, SB 623, made the following statement:
“I appreciate the commitment of the Governor and my Senate and Assembly colleagues to work toward a comprehensive drinking water solution in coming weeks. I am proud of the work we have done to develop the bipartisan Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund, which will permanently solve California's drinking water crisis. Californians deserve…and should expect… for us to lead on this vital human rights issue and not ignore a tragedy that impacts more than a million people. I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and the Legislature to get this issue resolved once and for all.”
Laurel Firestone of Community Water Center issued the following statement on today’s actions on behalf of the 140 environmental justice, agricultural, public health, business, labor, and water districts supporting the Fund:
"While we are disappointed that California’s drinking water crisis has been prolonged for so long, we are pleased that the Governor, legislative leadership, and a bipartisan majority of the Legislature remains strongly committed to the Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund and we appreciate the commitment to take action later in the Legislative Session. Nearly three-quarters of California voters are supportive of legislative action to address this issue now. We are confident the Governor and Legislature will not walk away from creating a permanent source of funding to ensure that all Californians have clean water, both now and for future generations. This problem is not going away and will only grow worse with further inaction."
Veronica Garibay of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability added that communities throughout the state mustn’t have to wait any longer for clean drinking water. “The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund developed as a result of years of advocacy, years of lugging bottled water home, years of dirty tap water running into homes and schools. Dirty tap water cannot continue to be the reality for a million Californians; we expect a vote in favor of safe drinking water this summer.”
Ag Council President Emily Rooney said, “We are wholeheartedly committed to solving this crucial drinking water issue this year. We remain dedicated, along Governor Brown and over 140 other groups and community partners, to solving this ongoing problem for low-income and disadvantaged communities throughout the state. As the Sac Bee Editorial Board said on June 4, 'This is 21st century California. There is simply no excuse for water that isn’t safe.’"
“We have a strong bipartisan coalition committed to the creation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund,” said Jennifer Clary of Clean Water Action. “We’re confident that our historic alliance will lead to a successful outcome.”
For more information, please visit fundsafewaterca.org.
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Dolores Huerta joined community members as they traveled to Bakersfield on May 11th to urge support for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.
On Friday of National Drinking Water Week, more than 60 people, including Dolores Huerta, came out to simultaneous rallies in Merced and Bakersfield to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The San Joaquin Valley is hard hit by toxic tap water, and residents spoke out for change. The rallies were covered by many local news stations, including Bakersfield Now, KGET, The Bakersfield Californian, Your Central Valley, and The Merced Sun-Star. Residents spoke about living with unsafe and unaffordable drinking water, and about the need for legislators to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. It was a powerful day for the water justice movement and the perfect way to end National Drinking Water Week!
AGUA members traveled to Sacramento to meet with legislators and urge them to support the safe and affordable drinking water solutions.
This week, San Joaquin Valley residents traveled to Sacramento for the third time this year to urge their legislators to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water for ALL Californians by supporting the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. In addition to meeting with legislators, residents attended an Assembly budget hearing to share their experience with unsafe and unaffordable water and urged the committee members to support the Fund.
We are only three weeks away from a crucial point in this campaign, when the California legislature must pass the state budget, which currently includes language for creating the Fund. SJV residents will continue to lead the way to make sure this solution passes next month, alongside ally organizations, but we need your help!
Join the movement by taking 5 minutes to email your state legislator and tell them: In the sixth largest economy in the world, we can and must ensure that all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. This crisis has gone on for far too long. Share with your friends and family to make sure we pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year!