Frazier: Water Board Should Delay Hearings on Delta Tunnels Until Allegations of Illegal Investigated

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, issued the following statement Wednesday after the State Water Resources Control Board dismissed allegations its staff had participated in unlawful ex-parte communications and announced it would re-start hearings on the proposed Delta tunnels.

“Stakeholders in the Delta presented legitimate and alarming evidence that State Water Resources Control Board staff participated in illegal ex-parte communications with DWR about the proposed WaterFix. The Water Resources Control Board acted as its own judge and jury and decided its staff didn’t break the law, before all the evidence has been gathered. Why even bother going through process if you are going to stack the deck? The integrity of the process going forward has been tainted. The hearings should be delayed until we have full discovery under the Public Records Act.”

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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