Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:
“Good morning, everybody. First of all, let me just say thank you very much for some of the legislators and legislative leaders for being here today; Senator Steinberg, Senator Hollingsworth, Senator Cogdill, Assemblywoman Caballero, Senator Padilla, Senator Benoit, Senator Maldonado, Assemblyman Blakeslee, Senator Simitian, Assemblyman Hagman and Assemblyman Fletcher and everyone. If there are other legislators that are here that I did not mention, please — Benoit I think I mentioned, yeah. But I mean just, you know, I want to apologize, because they are just drifting in as time goes on.
But we also have behind us here an interesting group of people which is a combination of Democrats and Republicans, northern Californians, southern Californians, rural, urban, business leaders and business people, labor, farmers, environmentalists, farm workers, water agencies, the Latino Water Coalition and the list goes on and on and on. So I just wanted to basically say thank you to the legislative leaders and to the legislators and everyone behind me that has worked so hard on this water infrastructure package.
I’m so excited that finally my vision is one step closer to becoming a reality, which is to fix our water infrastructure. This is, without any doubt, the most comprehensive water infrastructure package that was passed here at six o’clock in the morning, the greatest package and most comprehensive in the history of California. And this is an $11 billion package that will be leveraged against an additional $30 billion. That is altogether a $40 billion project.
And this is something that is very badly needed for the state of California and this was part of our infrastructure proposal, of our Strategic Growth Plan in 2006 in my State of the State Address. But at that point the legislature only wanted to do part of it, which was transportation, education, affordable housing and fixing the levees. The two things that were left out at that point were the infrastructure of prisons and also the infrastructure, our water infrastructure.
Well, the water infrastructure was the last piece of the puzzle that was missing. And I think by six o’clock this morning we finally got this piece, to become part of this whole puzzle and we are very happy about that. As you know, this has been a huge problem, that the infrastructure that was built five decades ago by Pat Brown was for 18 million people. We are, in the meantime, 38 million people and we are going to be eventually, in the next 15 years, 50 million people and this project will take that long in order to get it completed.
So again, I just want to congratulate everyone here for this historic accomplishment.”
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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