Water & Power - A California Heist

Water & Power – A California Heist

July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly The Grange)
18627 Sonoma Hwy
Sonoma, CA 95476
$10 donation suggested - No one turned away
Tom Conlon, Editor TSV
Water & Power - A California Heist @ Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly The Grange) | Sonoma | California | United States
This thrilling investigation uncovers the high-level corruption behind California’s long-standing water crisis. Sweeping cinematography of California’s harsh, dry landscape asks us to visualize a fight for water in what feels like a modern day Chinatown.
Filmmaker Marina Zenovich peels back the layers of California’s convoluted water structure—wealthy water barons show their guilty hand in exploiting the state’s resource, while small farmers and neighboring towns endure debilitating drought. We see luxury crops, like almonds and pomegranates, on the rise and groundwater contamination increasing tenfold, pitting backroom business dealings against human and environmental costs.
This National Geographic documentary was executive produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, and screened first at the Sundance Film Festival to much critical acclaim.
As outlined in a recent NY Times review, the film takes a close look at billionaires Steward and Lynda Resnick. The Resnicks own the curiously named Wonderful company, and formerly employed well known Sonoman and former mayor, Tom Rouse. The film helps provide context behind one of Rouse’s most notable and perhaps prescient statements upon first becoming mayor in 2013:
“We pay attention to water conservation during a drought year, but we don’t pay attention when it rains. We really need to address that.” [Sonoma Index Tribune, Dec. 6, 2013].
 The film is sponsored by Transition Sonoma Valley, Sierra Club Sonoma Group, and the Sonoma Springs Community Hall.
Join us for socializing at 6:30PM (refreshments available) before the film starts at 7:00PM. Donations are welcome – $10 suggested per person. Space is limited.
You do NOT need to be a member of the Sierra Club or the Sonoma Springs Hall (formerly The Grange) to attend.

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