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A water bond for $7.5 billion: that’s the price of a compromise after years of dispute in Sacramento. It’ll be Proposition 1 on the November ballot. It won’t end the drought, so what does it do? Who is it good for? We’ll hear the pros and cons. Also, Sea World in San Diego plans to double the size of its tanks for killer whales. Is the critical documentary Blackfish the reason attendance and investment have both declined?

Banner Image: Two Orcas Jumping at Sea World San Diego, 2011; Credit: Chris Favero

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin

Who Benefits from Sacramento’s Water Compromise? 10 MIN, 34 SEC

Proposition 1 on the November ballot is a compromise between Democrats, Republicans and Governor Brown: It’s a water bond for $7.5 billion — replacing an $11 billion measure that appeared too expensive to pass. Even supporters of the compromise admit it won’t help Californians cope with the current drought or prevent rationing during the next one. Much of it goes for two new dams that won’t be completed for at least a decade. But Tim Quinn calls it “the right size and the right time.” He’s Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies — 440 different organizations that deliver 90% of the state’s water.

Guests:
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director for Food and Water Watch
Tim Quinn, Association of California Water Agencies (@ACWAWater)

Sea World Announces Big Changes to Orca Habitats 15 MIN, 14 SEC

The documentary Blackfish comes down hard on Sea World, the amusement park where captive killer whales are trained and put through their paces. The film claims the animals are treated so cruelly that they turn against humans, which is not part of their nature. Last Wednesday, Sea World’s stock dropped 33% after its earnings report failed to meet expectations. On Friday, the company announced that it’s doubling the size of the tanks where its killer whales live. But it’s adamant in denying that’s a reaction to Blackfish. KCRW producer Benjamin Gottlieb spoke with Dave Koontz, a spokesman for Sea World in San Diego.

Guests:
Sara Libby, Voice of San Diego (@saralibby)
Lindsay Rajt, PETA (@MsRajt)
Mark Cafferty, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (@Markcaffertysd)

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