Just when you thought the clown car that is California water politics was empty, out pops a San Francisco ballot initiative to drain Hetch Hetchy:
The measure, which would be submitted to the San Francisco city attorney next week, would require the city to embark on a process to put itself “on a path toward reforming San Francisco’s 19th century water system … and reversing the damage done to the environment over the last 100 years,” said Mike Marshall, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy.
The bar for placing a measure on the San Francisco ballot is ridiculously low, 9,500 valid signatures. Marshall figures the campaign would cost $500,000, tops. They already have a bona fide celebrity, who narrates a campaign-style video that opens with a majestic shot of Yosemite.
“How would you feel if someone suggested building a dam in Yosemite Valley, flooding a priceless treasure under a giant lake? Well, that’s exactly what happened to the Hetch Hetchy Valley. …
“This is Harrison Ford inviting you to join in the historic campaign to restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley. Help us return this national treasure to the American people.”