Politics And Policy Collide In Fight Over Water

Phil Isenberg is a former state lawmaker, mayor of Sacramento and big-time lobbyist — someone who’s been in a lot of political street fights but whose latest battle may be his biggest.

The 50-year veteran of California politics heads the Delta Stewardship Council and he is now the guy with his hand on the future of the state’s water system.

Isenberg, 74, says the question of what to do with California’s water in the Delta “has been debated for 55 years and that nothing stops Californians from arguing about water.” The inference is that the arguments might go on forever.

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