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26 July 19 - Aug 2, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 16 Is Gavin Newsom A Slicker Version of Jerry Brown? G overnor Gavin Newsom ton June 28 reappointed three of Governor Jerry Brown’s most controversial, least popular and most environmentally questionable appointees – Karla Nemeth, Cindy Messer and Chuck Bonham – after in February refusing to reappoint Brown’s best appointee, Felicia Marcus, as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. He reappointed these three officials in spite of growing opposition to their reappointment by fishermen, conservationists and environ- mental justice advocates. He reappointed Nemeth as Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director, Messer as DWR Chief Deputy Director and Bonham as California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director. The Governor’s Office stated, “Governor Gavin Newsom today announced several appointments, including the reappointment of several of the state’s top water policy officials at the California Department of Water Resources and the California Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife, which are critical to build the Administration’s water resilience portfolio in the coming months, as directed by the Governor’s executive order, and to advance Voluntary Agreements regarding water management for the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems.” Fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists and environmental justice advocates must wake up and see what Newsom is really doing. I have been the voice in the wilder- ness on Newsom’s questionable appoint- ments and actions to date – and other people must pull the blinders off their eyes and acknowledge that Newsom is just a slicker version of Governor Jerry Brown. Under Newson, Nemeth, Messer and Bonham, the environmentally destructive Delta Tunnel is still on the table as part of Newsom’s “water portfolio.” It is only the twin tunnels that the Governor has abandoned. Newsom is promoting the “voluntary agreements” on the San Joaquin River that will result in much less water than the increased flows that would be provided for salmon, steelhead and other fish by the State Water Resources Control Board’s decision in December 2018. And the Delta smelt continues to move closer and closer to extinction, with zero smelt reported in the CDFW’s fall 2018 midwater trawl survey, This is the first time this has ever happened in the history of the survey, not a good sign for the future of the smelt, an indicator species that is only found in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River In addition, the expansion of oil and gas drilling in California continues under Newsom. And California continues to promote oil industry-written cap-and-trade (carbon trading) policies that attack Indige- nous Communities and ravage the earth. We need change, not more of the same old Big Oil, Big Ag and Big “Green” environ- mental policies of Jerry Brown. The reappointment of Nemeth, Messer and Bonham takes place in an administration that has gone to great lengths to appease corporate agribusiness interests in the San Joaquin Valley. On February 12, Cali- fornia Governor Gavin Newson announced the appointment of *Trolling William Lyons, 68, of Motors Modesto, to serve in *Fishfinders a new position — the *GPS Agriculture Liaison *VHF in the Office of the Radios Governor. Lyons, a San *Radar Joaquin Valley grower *Batteries who has opposed and increased San Joaquin Chargers River flows, has been chief executive officer Largest Service of Lyons Invest- Center ments Management, in the West! LLC since 1976. He previously served as Marine Electronics Sales • Service • Installation Sunny’s Electric Marine ONE DAY SERVICE on Installations with appointment (916) 487-3868 The KFBK OUTDOOR SHOW 3507 1 Rated with your Outdoor Radio Show host for 26 years! # Bob Simms Fishing • Hunting • Destinations Conservation • History Dedicated to the Northern California Outdoorsman Listen Every Saturday Morning from 5 am to 8am on By Dan Bacher Secretary of the California Department of Kings County from 1998 to 2000. Nemeth Food and Agriculture from 1999 to 2004. earned a Master of Public Administration It is no surprise that Big Ag was a major degree from the University of Washington. contributor to Newsom’s 2018 campaign. Nemeth was confirmed by the California Newsom received a total of $637,398 in State Senate as director of the Department of campaign contributions from agribusiness, Water Resources in 2018 and the compensa- including a total of $116,800 from Beverly tion is $202,384. Nemeth is a Democrat. Hills agribusiness tycoons Stewart and Lynda Cindy Messer, 50, of Sacramento, has Resnick, the largest orchard fruit growers been reappointed chief deputy director of the in the world and owners of The Wonderful California Department of Water Resources, Company. where she has served since 2017. Messer Could those contributions have influ- was assistant chief deputy director of the enced Newsom’s decisions to not reappoint California Department of Water Resources Felicia Marcus as Chair of the State Water from 2016 to 2017, deputy executive officer Resources Control Board, to appoint Mike of planning at the Delta Stewardship Council Lyons as the new “Agricultural Liaison” from 2012 to 2016 and assistant executive to the Governor’s Office, to reappoint the officer of the San Joaquin Delta Conservancy agribusiness-controlled Nemeth, Messer in Sacramento from 2010 to 2012. and Bonham, to go ahead with a one Delta Messer was senior environmental scientist Tunnel plan and to back the voluntary agree- and specialist for the Division of Environ- ments promoted by Lyons and other agribusi- mental Services at the California Depart- ness leaders? For more information, go to: ment of Water Resources from 2009 to 2010 https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/08/ and an environmental program manager governor-appoints-san-joaquin-valley-grow- from 2008 to 2009. She was senior envi- er-william-lyons-to-new-agriculture-liai- ronmental scientist and supervisor at the son-position/ Department of Water Resources from 2005 to With the latest appointments, it’s clear that 2008 and Range A-C environmental scientist nothing has really changed under Newsom. for the Water Resources Department from As The Who said so well, “Meet the New 1999 to 2005. Messer earned a Master of Boss, Same as the Old Boss.” I evaluate Science degree in conservation biology politicians on their actual policies and actions from California State University, Sacra- – and the corporate money behind them – not mento. This position does not require Senate the pretty words that they tell the media and confirmation and compensation is $176,244. the gullible public. Messer is a Democrat. If people want Newsom to do the right Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, 51, of thing, they need to stop playing nice and Berkeley, has been reappointed director start confronting and challenging him, like of the California Department of Fish and the courageous María Xiomára Dorsey of Wildlife, where he has served since 2011. Idle No More SF bay did last weekend in Bonham was the California director and questioning his support of environmentally senior attorney for Trout Unlimited from unjust carbon trading policies while Newsom 2000 to 2010, governing board member of was walking to and from a conference in San the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conser- Francisco. We need more people like Maria vancy from 2010 to 2011 and an instructor to show courage – and far less NGO repre- at the Nantahala Outdoor Center from 1994 sentatives collaborating with the Governor to 1997. and his staff so they can get a “seat at the He served as small business development table.” agent in Senegal for the U.S. Peace Corps You can get a “seat at the table” and still be from 1991 to 1993. Bonham earned a Juris on the menu in the corrupt world of Cali- Doctor degree from the Northwestern School fornia politics. of Law of Lewis and Clark College. Bonham Here are the bios of Nemeth, Messer and was confirmed by the California State Senate Bonham: as director of the Department of Fish and Karla Nemeth, 48, of Sacramento, has Wildlife in 2012 and the compensation is been reappointed director of the California $189,090. Bonham is registered without Department of Water Resources, where she party preference. has served since 2018. 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