At the request of Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, the California Assembly budget subcommittee on resources and transportation chaired by Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Palo Alto, is heading down to Coachella Valley to hold a hearing on Salton Sea restoration.
“The Salton Sea Restoration will continue to be a long-term issue for local residents and the state of California,” said Gordon in a statement. “I look forward to Monday’s hearing and for the opportunity to hear from local and state experts on the various issues surrounding the restoration project.”
The hearing is set to include an update on what funds are available to implement the restoration efforts, a discussion of future funding needs and options and consider the state’s obligation and role in the efforts moving forward. State representatives like the subcommittee and representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Fish and Game will meet with local officials from the Salton Sea Authority, Imperial County, Imperial Irrigation District and Coachella Valley Water District, as well as members of the public.
“The economic, environmental and public health risks posed by the shrinking Sea place us at a critical juncture,” said Perez, who represents the region. “I appreciate Assemblyman Gordon’s willingness to host a hearing in my district and bring together the relevant entities to sort through the funding and governance issues and move forward with a balanced restoration partnership.”
The hearing begins at 1 p.m. at the Commodore Room of the North Shore Community Center. Locals can also listen in online as the meeting will be broadcasted live at www.asmdc.org/members/a80
Staff Writer Elizabeth Varin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-337-3441.
If you go
What Assembly budget subcommittee on resources and transportation hearing on Salton Sea restoration
When 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today
Where North Shore Community Center, 99-155 Sea View Drive, Mecca