Momentum Building to Save Hetch Hetchy

Senator Dianne Feinstein generously opened her home last Friday for a gathering convened by the Bay Area Council to raise support for the campaign we’re leading to defeat Proposition F on the November ballot in San Francisco that aims to drain one of California’s largest sources of clean, reliable drinking water. Sen. Feinstein spoke eloquently about the history of Hetch Hetchy and the importance of Hetch Hetchy in supplying pristine water and clean energy to millions of residents and businesses not just in San Francisco, but throughout the Bay Area. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also attended and remarked about the deceptive and dangerous nature of Measure F, and joined Sen. Feinstein in encouraging the 120 assembled guests to contribute to the campaign. Among the many business and community leaders answering the call was the San Francisco Foundation, whose CEO Sandra Hernandez announced a $100,000 contribution to defeat Proposition F. Hernandez, in an article in the San Francisco Business Times this week, said “we want people to understand that water is an important public policy issue, and we think that Proposition F will have a disproportionate negative impact on low-income people to get access to something as simple as clean water.” The event was followed this week with good news from the San Francisco Superior Court, which rejected a challenge by Proposition F proponents who were seeking to change the ballot language to obscure the true intent of the measure to drain Hetch Hetchy. Law firm and Bay Area Council member Hanson Bridgett helped argue against any change. To participate in our Save Hetch Hetchy effort, contact Matt Regan.

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