SAN FRANCISCO - In what may well be a last-ditch effort to get a water project bond measure on the California ballot this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week announced a joint $9.3 billion water bond proposal they want to place before voters in November.

Despite apparently widespread general agreement that California should issue billions of dollars in bonds to invest in water supply infrastructure, the devilish details have thus far prevented any water bond proposal from gaining traction in the Legislature since the push began in 2007.

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