The three lawmakers, who include State Senate Leader Don Perata fired off a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger. In it they say they’re shocked that the Administration has “acted unilaterally” to begin work on a peripheral canal around the Delta. They cite recent statements by state officials about authority to move ahead on such a project.
The canal is a controversial issue—voters rejected a similar plan in the early 1980’s. Critics say it’s a way for Southern California to gain more access to Northern California water.
The three lawmakers say if the Schwarzenegger Administration moves ahead on such a project on its own, it will make it difficult for them to negotiate on a broader water deal. Governor Schwarzenegger was asked about it and said right now he has no such plans for a project.