California spent on high-speed rail and illegal immigrants, but ignored Oroville Dam

The flood danger from the Oroville Dam receded Monday, but California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks to the spillway at a time when the state spent generously on illegal immigrants and high-speed rail.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, came under fire amid reports that federal and state officials for years rebuffed or ignored calls to fortify the massive 50-year-old dam, which provides water to more than 20 million farmers and residential consumers.

“What’s Governor Brown doing?” former state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican, asked in a Monday post on Facebook. “The same thing he’s been doing for decades — obstructing progress.”

A radio talk show host, Mr. Donnelly said California “has been so busy defying President Donald Trump in order to protect illegal aliens from deportation that it forgot to do the things government is supposed to do, like maintain infrastructure. Governor Brown is now going hat-in-hand to beg the Trump administration for emergency funds.”

44 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    When you let the inmates take over the asylum we know what it looks like, California. You have to love people who build million dollar homes on the edge of cliffs and complain when they fall off. Or build million dollar homes on a volcanic volt line then complain about earth quakes. These people, must be something in the water, are well known for bad decisions and very strange people.

  • Smitch says:

    Send that High-Speed Rail Cars up to Oroville and dump them into the spillway!

  • juniemoon says:

    Yeah, guvna moonbeam is more interested in high-speed rail and sanctuary cities than maintaining Oroville dam. That’s the radical liberal running California into the ground.

  • Herschel Weintraub says:

    You do realize that if California stopped supporting all of the red states through paying far more in tax revenue to the Feds than they receive, all of you complainers would lose your government subsidies and California would have more than enough revenue to repair all of their infrastructure. If you guys would look at the FACTS rather than your bigoted hate-filled talking heads, maybe you would learn something. No, that is not possible. You have no idea how to discern truth and facts from the lies and conspiracy theories that you love to repeat ad nausea.

  • Don Hilliker says:

    If and when I see funds flowing into the flyover states for needed repairs to dam’s over twice that age I will consider that they *MAY* need help, but when we have 3 dam’s in my immediate area, over a hundred years old, all produce power, but the repairs must fall on the shoulders of a very rural community, federal funds do not apply, but then when we have significant forest fires it does not even make the news downstate to say nothing of nationally as we are rural flyover -time to take back control and put the coasts in their place as part of a country not the only important places with everything in between being just “flyover”.

  • Joann Holmes says:

    TRUMP SHOULD IGNORE california.

  • Webb says:

    Add Smelt schools to California Priorities…along with the High speed rail, which California Cannot Afford and Immigration which California also Cannot Afford…
    A Broke State…will suppot fish, A Broke State will support more trains, A Broke State will support more Illegal Immigrants…
    Yet they wont support Fresh Water Processing Plants…

  • JC says:

    I am so damn glad that I don’t live in California—-the communist state of fools

  • Jim Deinzer says:

    It’s unfortunate that California needs this near catastrophic event to get some attention about the lack of leadership in California. I have been saying for years that we need more reservoirs yet the Democrats insist on building Solar farms and bullet trains proudly stating that they are the brilliant innovators for the nation to admire and copy their roadmap for the future of our country.They just don’t get it.

  • justinwachin says:

    Before emergency funds are given to California there needs to be an understanding they are going to enforce immigration law.

    Once again we see politicians are more interested in their pet causes than in making sure their infrastructure is in good shape.

  • Luke says:

    It was easier for them to steal money doing other things instead of fixing the Dam..
    It happened in New Orleans, they spent and stole money building a casino and Zoo instead of spending on the levies they received money from the gov’t to fix..

    1. Jerry says:

      we all know how that turned out don’t we

      1. Luke says:

        Yes we do, NO was flooded and the lying liberals blamed Bush, how stupid was that..

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Oh, but like, working on the dam just didn’t “feel right” at the time.

  • CBUJAN says:

    What else do you expect from the governing politicians of California, their all air heads. They rather spent our tax dollars on illegal aliens than protect their citizens.

  • The Redhawk says:

    HEY State of Kaliphornication you sure elected a total AS shole to Take good care of your precious Water Resources ….So Is Climate Change the Reason or the Moon Beam Idiot you Elected for bullding Reid’s RR and creating a huge State Disaster ??

  • Gary Hull says:

    Based on the very real water crisis that California and other arid areas have and expected to get worse. California should concentrate on adding and maintaining additional damns for water conservation. I know there is a big issue with enviormentals; however, when it comes to some wiggling, crawling thing or some weed only found here in the world and my people having necessary water, I am going to have water. We have to stop catering to the few and take care of the masses. Gary

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • Tiger says:

    Stupid is as Stupid does and no other state, besides N.Y. bears this out so clearly.

    Edgar Casey said California would break off into the sea. A huge earthquake. He was 99% of the time right. Maybe it is time.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      Before the last election would have been good, but things still came out OK (thanks to the sanity of the electoral college).

      1. Tiger says:

        And now they are complaining about the Electoral college. But voter fraud is being found everywhere in massive proportions. They asked for it. Next election no illegals, no thousands of refugees, polls cleaned up they will have a Hell of a time cheating next election.

        They are rotten to the core.

        1. Anouk says:

          If this going to happen, then…No more destructive liberals in the White House.
          What a relief indeed!
          America will be great again.

          1. Tiger says:

            For sure good buddy.

  • BOC says:

    For those Californians who do not support the insanity of Governor Moonbeam, my sympathies if this had any effect on your lives. For the rest of you idiots, Bawahwahwahwahwahwahwah. Reap what you sow, douchebags!

  • Art Hock says:

    Tell that idiot Jerry Brown to go beg to the Hollywood weirdos for money as they think they know everything.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      I’m sure Barbra Streisand and Nancy Pelosi will each want to contribute a couple million to fix things. The rest of the NeverTrump crowd can pick up the balance.

      1. Art Hock says:

        Right on Ramon!

  • Highwayman says:

    Don’t give this state nothing. Let them slide off into the ocean. They have some nerve. They are trying to succeed from the United States , they are so full of contempt for our country and president trump that they mouth off against him at every opportunity they get. Brown had money to Pay big time to Holdens law firm to fight President Trump on illegals and deportation
    So don’t give them one dam dime
    Of tax payer money unless he make Brown beg and crawl for it. California has wasted millions of dollars on welfare payments to illegals that never is spoken of in any news media. I know because I lived out there for over 19 years and. I remember stories in the paper talking about all the money paid out to illegals who were not qualified to receive it and denied many any help that were legally eligible to get it.
    After what Berkeley did, let them go swimming.

    1. Jerry says:

      Quit funding the illegals and then they will have the money to fix the dam, Trump should just tell them to succeed and then figure out their money issue on their own, the 25000 they pay holder each month would go a long way in dam repair

      1. Webb says:

        The could name the repairs to the dam…The Dam Holder Repairs!

        1. Jerry says:

          I like that, kind of reminds me of what my dad always told me, don’t shit where ya eat, California slams President Trump, then want him to help them with our tax money? Lets vote on it, I say nay, lets get a petition going to see how many say yes

          1. Jerry says:

            Or President Trump could claim they aren’t able to handle the finances of California and ask Brown to step aside and he will appoint a group to take over

          2. Webb says:


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    2. The Redhawk says:

      Smart enough to go swimming with cement shoes

  • Bob says:

    Did you notice how, after moths of ranting about secession, the minute they need help they stick out their hands and demand federal assistance. Similar to how LA spent federal monies that were supposed to go to infrastructure improvements on either other social programs or simple graft prior to Katrina, CA is now reaping what they have sown. While I agree they are citizens and are entitled to the assistance, they should also have what ever federal funding they receive for the year reduced by what ever they spent on illegals, including the payment to Holder and his law firm to defend them.

  • randy jackson says:

    They do have their priorities in Cali.
    Obviously Climate Change and Open Borders usurp Public Safety.
    Now the mad scramble begins, the cover up and vast amounts of excuses will inundate the Cali news.
    Along with a request to DC for “Emergency” funds.
    Moonbeam needs to ask his Sanctuary Cities to fund the cost. A payback for caving to illegal aliens and phony climate change nonsense.

    1. mudguy1 says:

      You missed the High Speed Rail to Las Vegas.

  • TexRancher says:

    Just a socialist sanctuary State. Jerk their Federal money that We, The People have been forced to supply them with and see them change their ways! They might even start living in the real world!

    1. Mrseddies says:

      I sincerely doubt that.

  • Sharpshooter says:

    What is so sad, is the fact that governor Moonbeam is incompetent, Californians just keep right on voting him in. so they have no one to blame but themselves!

    1. Bob says:

      CA voters are no better then those in DC who repeatedly re-elected the felon Marion Barry. Even after being taped by the FBI smoking crack, he still was put back on the Council, after his shortened jail period, and remained on it until he died. Why? He was the “hand out King” of the east coast. Also many voters, especially Democrats, vote for name recognition and the party affiliation. No wonder we have a trust problem with “professional” politicians. Finally, some one told them they were not wearing any clothes.

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