My objection to the Newsom administration’s “portfolio approach” is that a “portfolio approach” is a method, not a goal. So in CA water, I can’t tell what goal the administration is trying to accomplish with their eight years*, besides not alienate anyone who might donate to Newsom‘s presidential campaign in 2026.
Dr. Lund endorses the “portfolio approach” here. The way he makes sense of the concept is by going through each issue area, stating a goal, and showing how to use a “portfolio approach” for that goal. Which, fine. But that reinforces my impression that the “portfolio approach” only means “do all the relevant good things to achieve all the relevant good goals.” This is not a useful directive! This is just bland good will. In terms Dr. Lund might appreciate, this is a model as expansive as the system it models.
I should stop fussing about this, because we are committed now and it doesn’t exclude any of my own priorities and it is too ambiguous to be wrong. I look forward to seeing what the interagency group tasked with enforcing this comes up with. I predict a lot of talk about transparency and collaboration and maybe even synergies from the multi-benefitness!
*I am not being entirely fair. His interest in safe drinking water for communities who don’t have it is explicit and clear. You know, even if he named only that and pursued that alone for 8 years, that would be a worthy project for an administration. I respect that.