Canciamilla to lead fight against peripheral canal

Former assemblyman and state senate candidate Joe Canciamilla of Pittsburg will hold a press conference Wednesday morning to outline his grassroots plan to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to resurrect the peripheral canal.

Under the governor’s plan, a new “peripheral canal” would divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to pump water to Southern California. The governor has proposed the placement of a multi-million-dollar bond measure on an upcoming ballot, perhaps as early as February 2008.

The press conference starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the end of the parking lot for the Pittsburg Marina, 51 Marina Blvd.

Check out this story by Times reporter Rowena Coetsee on the Bethel Island Municipal Utility District’s recent decision to hire Canciamilla — at a fee of roughly $250 an hour — to help it negotiate with the county. Canciamilla is also a former county supervisor.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen