That tenuous relationship even extends to visits with fellow California officials. Tony Boren, executive director of the Fresno Council of Governments, wrote in The Fresno Bee about the group’s latest encounter with Boxer during a lobbying trip on Capitol Hill:
[I]t was even more disheartening to hear our own Sen. Barbara Boxer state the misinformation that agriculture uses 80% of California’s water. Mendota Mayor Robert Silva looked her square in the eye and told her that she was wrong, that agriculture uses about 50%.
It made little difference as she responded by saying “her scientists” tell her that it is 80%, and that global climate change was the culprit behind the drought.
Boxer, who in 23 years in the Senate has only been able to turn 18 bills into law, is largely seen as one of the most ineffective partisans in the body. But her lack of knowledge about the drought in her backyard adds a layer of sad to the mix.
Contrast that with Boren’s remarks about California’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein:
Meetings with Sen. Dianne Feinstein were much more productive as she offered several specific steps she would take to help us with Gov. Jerry Brown, who seems to hold all of the cards when it comes to making additional water available to the San Joaquin Valley.
In January, Boxer made a bizarre video announcement that she would not seek a fifth term in the Senate. Currently, three major candidates have declared for her seat: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, D-San Francisco, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, and Former CAGOP chairman Tom Del Beccaro, R-Walnut Creek.