Anyone inclined to high-five the dismissal of chairwoman Felicia Marcus from the State Water Resources Control Board should put their hands to better use. Like using them to roll up their sleeves so we can get to work fixing our rivers and making them more hospitable to salmon.
Marcus’s replacement was announced in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State speech, Tuesday. He elevated Joaquin Esquivel to the chair.
He also laid out an incredibly ambitious – and exciting – plan to make California a better place to live. Newsom will downsize the California WaterFix from two tunnels to one, focus the state’s high-speed rail project on the Central Valley, elevate dealing with homelessness to a moral imperative, and try to make certain everyone in our state can afford a place to live and has clean water to drink.