Mon May 7, 2012, 09:50 AM
Auggie (20,123 posts)
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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|Ian David||May 2012||#1|
Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #2)
Mon May 7, 2012, 01:05 PM
KamaAina (63,667 posts)
6. They must mean Samuel Robson Walton, known as "Rob"
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....
Response to KamaAina (Reply #6)
Mon May 7, 2012, 02:19 PM
Coyote_Bandit (6,783 posts)
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
Response to JDPriestly (Reply #4)
Mon May 7, 2012, 01:47 PM
Auggie (20,123 posts)
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?
Hands off Hetch Hetchy!