Governor Schwarzenegger spoke before the Latino Water Coalition last week and his speech is this week’s "Governor’s Weekly Radio Address".
"…And of course in the building behind me here we are on the verge of a historic breakthrough on water, so I’m very happy that the negotiations are going well. We are right now in the middle of the negotiations and I think that all of you are here today to give the legislators this extra little push that they need to get across the finish line. And if they need a little bit more then you are even ready to give them that hard shove to get across the finish line, so we are very happy about that.
And of course the water package that we are negotiating is big, it’s historic. And I can promise you that we are fighting for a comprehensive water package. I’m fighting for cleaning our groundwater, I’m fighting to restore the Delta and its ecosystem and I’m fighting for above-the-ground and below-the-ground water storage. Exactly, which we need so badly. And I’m fighting to rebuild our crumbling water system and of course, most importantly, also to get more water to the desperately needed areas, which are our businesses and our homes and our farmers here in the state of California.
For three years we have been talking about this and pushing and negotiating. And like all of you, I’m tired of the posturing, I’m tired of the talking and I’m tired of the empty promises that we have heard over and over, to get it done next week, or we’ll get it now next month and we’ll get it done next year. No more of that. We are sick and tired of the dialogue; we want to see the action now. We’re not waiting another year, we’re not waiting another month, we’re not waiting another week. We’re going to get it done today. Today is the day to get his done once and for all.
Because water is the lifeblood of everything that we do. Water is jobs for California, water is food, water is our future, water is our economy and this is why we are fighting for this. And I just want to let you know that we would have never been able to get that far without the help of all of you that are standing right behind me here and in front of us here.
So before I go back inside the building and continue negotiating I just want to say thank you to all of you and how grateful I am, especially to the Latino Water Coalition. Let’s give them all a big, big hand for the great coalition and for the great work that they have been doing.
I’m proud to have you as our partners here and to go through this struggle together. And as I always said, united we will win. Unidos podemos ganar, united we will win. Thank you very much."
The Governor’s Weekly Radio Address is heard every Tuesday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am on AM 1450 KVML.
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