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The Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project and the All-American Canal
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Under the proposed bill there was a check provided against the natural domination of control by any one large city in the group, with a corresponding check on a combination of smaller communities. The people of the larger cities, knowing there was a common interest to serve, and having confidence in the fairness of sister cities, believed in the bill. All realized that in such a common enterprise, jealousies, fears and distrust must disappear, and member cities in such a district should, and, under the bill, could work in full harmony and accord. Unfortunately, this very fair plan, devised in the interest of the smaller cities was defeated in the Assembly, after having passed in the Senate by a decisive vote. As indicative of the feelings of the people of the larger communities, it may be recited that the City Council of Los Angeles called for a policy vote on the question of the Metropolitan Water District Act, at the general municipal election of June 2nd. The majority in favor of such an act was 7 to 1. Nor was this all. Five legislators, hostile to the Metropolitan Water District Act, were candidates for the City Council of Los Angeles, in as many different districts at the election. Not a single one of these survived the issue. Swing-Johnson Bill in New Congress The Swing-Johnson Bill will be reintroduced in the forth-coming session of Congress. Some minor changes may be advocated, nothing, however, that will interfere, but rather aid, in realizing the great fundamentals of the present bill. Such changes as have been suggested will be made for the purpose of assuring other States, particularly the Northern basin states, of their full opportunity for continued development of their territory through the use of the waters of the Colorado River, delayed though this development may be by economic reasons from advancing as rapidly as the Southwest. By appropriate reservations in the bill, all of the opportunities the Northern Basin states sought to obtain by the enactment of the so-called Seven-States or Six-States compact will be assured. Other practical modifications may be also suggested by the communities of the Southwest, who must and will, however, remain firm in the determination to see that the great project is authorized in essentials identical with the official recommendations. It is only by adherence to this principle that the Southwest will obtain those resources which she must have if she is to hope to grow, or even continue to prosper. Colorado River and its Benefits Belong to All Southern California leaders have made it plain, on every occasion, that no community or group of communities are seeking privilege or benefit to the exclusion of an equal opportunity for every 9

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