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Mon May 7, 2012, 09:50 AM

Arkansas billionaire Sam Walton donates $40,000 to support Hetch Hetchy restoration measure

Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle / 5-7-12

Sam Walton, the billionaire chairman of Walmart, has kicked in $40,000 to support a proposed San Francisco ballot measure to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park by draining its reservoir.

The Arkansas Republican's contribution accounts for more than half the $77,000 that's been raised this year by the Yosemite Restoration Campaign, according to election filings.

The campaign, being spearheaded locally by Restore Hetch Hetchy nonprofit executive Mike Marshall, calls for the city's Public Utilities Commission to boost its water recycling, plus study the idea of draining the century-old Hetch Hetchy reservoir - the main source of drinking water for San Francisco, much of the Peninsula and part of the East Bay.

It's interesting to note that Walton is a board member of the nonprofit Conservation International, alongside the likes of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and actor Harrison Ford - another vocal backer of the Hetch Hetchy restoration.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/07/BAOU1ODKMB.DTL

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Reply Arkansas billionaire Sam Walton donates $40,000 to support Hetch Hetchy restoration measure (Original post)
Auggie May 2012 OP
Ian David May 2012 #1
Coyote_Bandit May 2012 #2
struggle4progress May 2012 #3
KamaAina May 2012 #6
Coyote_Bandit May 2012 #8
KamaAina May 2012 #9
JDPriestly May 2012 #4
Auggie May 2012 #7
lastlib May 2012 #10
JDPriestly May 2012 #12
ellisonz May 2012 #5
lastlib May 2012 #11

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 09:57 AM

1. What is he REALLY up to? n/t

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. Sam Walton is DEAD

Has been for a decade or so.......

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #2)

Mon May 7, 2012, 10:17 AM

3. Over two decades actually: he went west in April 0f 92

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #2)

Mon May 7, 2012, 01:05 PM

6. They must mean Samuel Robson Walton, known as "Rob"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walton_family

In 2011 6 members of the Walton family have the same net worth as the bottom 30% of American families combined.

Samuel Moore Walton (Sam) (March 29, 1918 April 5, 1992) was son of Thomas Gibson Walton and Nancy Lee . Helen Walton was his wife. They had four kids.

Helen Robson Kemper (December 3, 1919 April 19, 2007 ) was daughter of L.S Robson and Mary Robson . Samuel Walton was her husband. They had four kids.

Samuel Robson Walton(Rob) (born October 28, 1944) is the oldest of siblings . He married Carolyn Funk. They divorced in 2000. They have three kids....

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #6)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:19 PM

8. I'm quite familiar with Northwest Arkansas

Rob Walton has never been referred to as "Sam Walton."

I have to question a reporter that cannot get the name right in a story involving a family of such wealth and prominence. But, hey, the journalists of today sometimes are barely literate and are often largely uninformed about the matters they report. This reporter (and editor) should be frickin embarrassed

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #8)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:29 PM

9. And Matier and Ross are no tyros.

They're Bay Area icons whose journalism harks back to old-style muckraking. Ouch.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 11:08 AM

4. Looks like an attempt to boost bottled water sales to me.

I'm for public utilities and public water.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #4)

Mon May 7, 2012, 01:47 PM

7. Or privatized water

Disaster capitalism: create a crisis, like a water shortage, then offer "magical" solutions through the privatizing of government programs. Who's to say WalMart (or Becthel, Halliburton, et al) doesn't want to expand their business into water delivery and/or fire and police protection? Consider the billions earned by private garbage and cable companies -- why not water?

http://www.serconline.org/waterPrivatization/fact.html

Hands off Hetch Hetchy!

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Response to Auggie (Reply #7)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:29 PM

10. It's coming.....

...Corporations are spending billions to buy water rights all over the world.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #7)

Mon May 7, 2012, 08:05 PM

12. +10000

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 12:33 PM

5. Is it trickling down yet?

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #5)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:30 PM

11. if it is, you're getting a golden shower....

they're really pissing on you.

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