The voting structure of the proposed Paso Robles Groundwater Basin water district is not based on one person, one vote. It is heavily tilted towards landowners, the largest of which are the Resnicks, the Beverly Hills billionaires who own Justin Vineyard, POM Wonderful, Fiji Waters and who recently planted 720 acres of grapes during the worst drought in California’s history. It is feared that they will bring a business model of buying and selling water allocations to the Central Coast.
Water is not a commodity to be bought and sold. It is a natural resource and a basic human right. Without a one person, one vote structure in the proposed water district, the largest aquifer west of the Rockies will be controlled by wealthy, absent landowners who have little, if any, interest in the health, safety and well-being of the basin’s population.
Unless the new water district is based on one person-one vote, we will cede authority over our most precious natural resource to Beverly Hills billionaires.