Posted Friday, February 14th 2014 @ 5pm
President Obama is in Fresno. Mayor Ashley Swearengin greeted the President as he arrived on the tarmac. From the White House pool report from the Christian Science Monitor:
WH also provided name of airport greeter:
Air Force One greeter at Fresno Yosemite International Airport:
-Allison Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno
POTUS descended steps of af1 with Costa, Boxer and Feinstein, talked to mayor of Fresno for several minutes. Then they all headed to Marine One. Pool now in Osprey to ride to next event.
I guess we have a new mayor.
Here is Obama's full speech, delievered at the farm owned by Joe Del Bosque:
In Firebaugh, protestors are waiting for POTUS to arrive (photos courtesy of a friend of the show).
Here are the participants in the roundtable:
Roundtable Discussion Participants:
· Secretary Tom Vilsack
· Michael Connor, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation
· Governor Jerry Brown
· Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA
· Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
· Representative Jim Costa, D-CA
· Joe Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc.
· Maria Gloria Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc.
· Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary for Governor Brown
· Ann Notthoff, Natural Resource Defense Council CA Director
· Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers President
· Gabriel Agustin, Farm Worker
· Mario Santoyo, California Latino Water Coalition Exec. Director
· Martin McIntyre, San Luis Water District General Manager
· Steve Chedester, Exchange Contractors General Manager
· Ronald Jacobsma, Friant Water Users General Manager
· Thomas Birmingham, Westlands Water District General Manager
· Tony Campos, Campos Brothers Farm Owner
· Don Peracchi, Peracchi Farms Owner
· Barry Bedwell, California Grape & Tree Fruit League President
· Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation President
· Tom Nassif, Western Growers Association CEO
· Manuel Cunha, Nisei Farmers League CEO
· Janie Fleming, Ag and Industrial Supply Owner
· Andy Souza, Fresno Community Food Bank CEO
One person not on that list is John Harris from Harris Ranch. He joined us on the phone. He is hoping this visit is more about the farmers rather than pushing a climate change agenda. He is not optimistic that throwing money at the problem. He would rather have water.
Another person not invited was Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Mariposa). He joined the show. He would rather see federal money spent on building and fixing water storage facilities. We don't need climate change studies. The climate has been changing for 4 billion years.
McClintock laughed at the White House climate advisor's notion that building more dams would do no good.
Victor Davis Hanson also joined us to talk about Obama's Valley speech. He has a great new read at the National Review Online.
Now even Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is railing against High Speed Rail.
I'll still pray for rain firstname.lastname@example.org