Politico: The last of the water buffaloes

"Politicians tend to shy away from water because it’s so politically fraught,” said Marcus. She pointed to lawmakers like Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), who has roots in both environmental and agriculture worlds, and Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), who have sponsored legislation to strengthen the state’s water authority, as some in the new generation to watch.