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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.
February 5, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Buried deep in President Bush's 2005 budget is a line item that has thrown this city into a panic. It proposes an increase in the rent San Francisco pays for its Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park -- from $30,000 a year to $8 million. The increase would require amendment of the Raker Act of 1913, which allowed the city to build the dam and reservoir.
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.
February 4, 1988 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel, whose ambitious proposal to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir has won praise from environmentalists, nonetheless took aim Wednesday at one of their pet causes: preservation of endangered species. Referring to the endangered species law, which protects hundreds of animals and plants and is administered by the Interior Department, Hodel said: "Sooner or later this society must come to grips with the problem of . . . an absolute mandate . . .
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.
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