Agenda finalized for Town Hall on WaterFix financials

Monday, November 27, 2017

AgendaState Auditor will present findings of cost overruns uncovered by recent audit directly to the public

Dept. of Water Resources officials will respond to audit findings

 

SACRAMENTO – The agenda for a town hall to examine growing financial concerns of the proposed WaterFix project scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30, in Walnut Grove has been finalized.

The town hall – 10 a.m. to noon at the Jean Harvie Community Center in Walnut Grove – is being hosted by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and other legislators who represent the Delta region. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The office of State Auditor Elaine M. Howle will lead off with a presentation into the findings of a recent audit that found significant cost increases and delays associated with the project, and cited the Department of Water Resources’ failure to complete a basic economic analysis to justify building the project. The audit also cited mismanagement by DWR and in at least one case failure to follow state law when making key decisions about managing the project.

After the Auditor’s presentation, officials from DWR, which disputes many of the audit’s most critical findings, will respond.

Dr. Jeffrey Michael, executive director of the Center for Business & Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, will present third on a cost-benefit analysis the Center recently completed on the WaterFix proposal.

The Town Hall will wrap up with a public comment period.

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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.

Contact: Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011