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LaRouche PAC on the Ground in Central Valley, California: People Get It; There Is Water! Flush Brown!

April 17, 2015 (EIRNS)—A LaRouche PAC team of four, on a swing into California’s Central Valley, has been meeting with city council and chamber of commerce leaders, and farmers, and enlisting recruits at large to mobilize to enforce a commitment to solving the water crisis through science and infrastructure, and ousting Gov. Jerry Brown and his climate police.

The focus this week is on Tulare County, one of the worst hit by water scarcity in the state. A report was relayed today by Michael Steger, LPAC National Policy Committee member, which said that, "The farmers in this area have ben receiving absolutely zero allocations of water for the past two years. The population was not hard to convince that they are being slated for death under Gov. Brown-shirt’s genocide policy."

The situation is desperate. An estimated four in 10 of the residents (population 450,000) of Tulare County, depend on well water, and 976 wells have been officially reported as dry, over the period January, 2014 to early March, 2015. The various "aid" measures from the county health department include that, if your well is dry, you qualify for two donated bottles of water daily from the government. Many wells still working have very low quality water, including serious contaminants, such as bacteria and arsenic.

The most affected area is the Porterville/East Porterville area, where 600 of the failed 976 wells are located. In East Porterville, there are 7,000 people in desperate conditions. The state is giving some people 2,500-gallon tanks for their yards. Some households are getting 300-gal tanks, but if you rent, not own your dwelling, you don’t qualify at all.

There may be many more wells gone dry, but local users may not report it, because if their families have children, they are at risk of having the county protective services investigate taking the children away, because the homes lack water for hygiene.

Today’s report from Steger noted,

"Most of the people that were coming to the organizing table were not inclined to bring up any of the local control push-button issues, like farmers vs. golf courses, etc."

Organizers in Visalia, the county seat, reported "a level of feistiness in the population that had not before been seen."