H[enry] M. McDonald
William F. Bade
Henry M. McDonaldBONDS AND INVESTMENTSSPECIALTYIRRIGATION DISTRICT BONDSTELEPHONE MAIN 1381SUITE 35, SAN JOAQUIN BUILDING WEBER AVE. AND JOAQUIN ST.STOCKTON, CALIF., November 19, 1913.Dr. W. F. Bade, Berkeley, Cal.Dear Sir:Thinking that very possibly you may be pleased to receive information respecting the legislative situation relating to the so-called Raker bill, which grants certain rights connected with Hetch Hetchy to the City of San Francisco, I would say that the bill, as you may know, was passed by the House of Representatives about September 1st last, is now before the Senate, is to be taken up on December 1st and voted on December 6th.The situation in the Senate relating to the bill, as disclosed by correspondence with Senator Poindexter, a vigorous opponent of the measure, is that approximately one-fourth of the members of the Senate are avowed advocates of the bill, that a lesser number -- about fifteen -- are unalterably opposed to its passage, while the majority of the members of the Senate have not taken -- at least openly -a positive position respecting the Hetch Hetchy proposition.The attitude of these Senators seems to be that, if an adequate supply of water for the City of San Francisco cannot be secured from a source other than Hetch Hetchy, the necessities of a great city like San Francisco being paramount, the city should be granted the right to secure its water supply from Hetch Hetchy.Hence, the importance of bringing to the attention of the members of the Senate a source of supply for San Francisco, at least equal and, if possible, superior in desirability to Hetch Hetchy.As indicating the importance of this procedure Senator Works recently stated in a letter to Judge L. W. Falkerth of Modesto, Cal., "I have tried to impress on your people the necessity of showing that San Francisco can get a water supply elsewhere." Senator Works, also, says in his letter, "If San Francisco can secure the necessary water supply from sources that will not deprive others of the beneficial use of it, she should not be allowed to take any water from the San Joaquin Valley."Fortunately, a source of supply greatly superior in many respects to Hetch Hetchy can be secured by uniting the available supplies from the South Eel River and Putah Creek water-sheds -- the northerly section of which catchments is located in the Coast Range of mountains about 120 miles directly north of San Francisco.09852
1913 Nov 19
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