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March 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the Bush administration to explain its proposal to dramatically increase the rent the city pays for the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Feinstein, a Democrat, has sent a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton requesting an explanation for a proposed rent hike from the current $30,000 annually to $8 million a year proposed in President Bush's 2005 budget.
July 9, 2000 | MICHAEL R. BOLDRICK
I was 35,000 feet in the air, flying back from a business trip in Denver, when the 767 crossed the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada. I looked out my window hoping to see Yosemite Valley, where my wife, Kathleen, and I had recently celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The valley was below the airplane, visible only to the cockpit crew. But looking north, I saw a lake and a V-shaped dam bathed in twilight.
August 7, 1988
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel's proposal to tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park, removing the main source of water for 2 million San Francisco Bay Area residents, is virtually dead, state water officials were told recently.
June 23, 1988 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
In a double defeat for environmentalists, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to sell Southern California offshore oil leases in 1989 instead of 1990 and voted to delete funds for a study exploring the destruction of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, effectively killing a proposal for restoring the area. The committee action, taken after little discussion of the two measures, followed a recommendation by the panel's interior subcommittee Monday.
June 7, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel's proposal to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley should be scrapped because the cost of replacing water and power to San Francisco customers would cost more than $825 million, an Assembly Office of Research report said Monday.
November 5, 1987 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, Times Staff Writer
Energy Secretary John S. Herrington, opening a public battle with a fellow Cabinet member, said Wednesday that the proposed draining of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir would force the spending of billions of dollars to find replacement water and power for the San Francisco Bay Area. The energy secretary's remarks were in total disagreement with the stated position of Interior Secretary Donald P.
October 24, 1987
The Times rhapsodizing in its editorial "A Dream to Savor" (Oct. 15) about the proposed draining of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir was incongruous, considering that with such lofty phrases it was threatening a portion of San Francisco's water supply. One wonders what reaction The Times would have to a savvy Bay Area paper countering with a proposal to similarly shake up Owens Valley as a water source for Southern California. Somehow I can't see it being quite so sanguine on that subject.
October 14, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
As debates go, it might not have ranked among the best of all time. But few debates have ever had a more majestic backdrop for photo opportunities. Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel, standing atop the dam that holds most of San Francisco's water, told the city's mayor, Dianne Feinstein, on Tuesday that he remained intent on studying the dismantling of 420-foot-high O'Shaughnessy Dam and creating another valley for campers in the heavily used national park.
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