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Governor Brown is pushing hard for Proposition 1 on Tuesday’s ballot — $7.5 billion for water projects, including new dams and reservoirs. It won’t help with the current drought. What would it mean when things get back to normal — if they ever do? We hear both sides.

Also, historically, LA was a non-union town, but now local politicians depend on support from organized labor. We talk with a woman who helped make that happen: Maria Elena Durazo, who’s moving on.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

Will New Taxes Solve California’s Water Shortage? 15 MIN, 1 SEC

Governor Brown is famously not campaigning for re-election next week so much as he is for favorite ballot measures, including Proposition 1. The product of negotiations between the Governor, the legislature, environmentalists and agricultural interests, it calls for $7.5 billion in bond money for “water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects.”  Thirty-six percent would go for water storage, including dams and reservoirs. Only one percent would go for conservation and efficiency.  The Natural Resources Defense Council supports Prop 1. Restore the Delta is an environmental group that’s opposes it.

Guests:
Steve Fleischli, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC)
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta (@RestoreTheDelta)

The Legacy of LA Labor Boss Maria Elena Durazo 11 MIN, 8 SEC


Maria Elena Durazo has been President of the LA County Federation of Labor since 2005. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she now leads more than 600,000 union members here in LA. The LA Times says she’s helped make Labor “possibly the greatest single power in [the city’s] electoral politics.” Last year, six of seven candidates she supported won seats on the City Council. Now she’s taking what she calls, “the next step in [her] life’s work” — resigning from the Federation to be vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity at Unite Here, the union that represents restaurant, hospitality and casino workers nationwide.

Guests:
Maria Elena Durazo, Democratic National Committee (@MariaEDurazo)
Harold Meyerson, Editor and Columnist (@haroldmeyerson)

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