Phil Isenberg: Challenging Conventional Water Wisdom
In five decades of public service Phil Isenberg has served as mayor of Sacramento, a member of the Assembly, a lobbyist, chairs of the Marine Life Protection Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, and, until 2016, the Delta Stewardship Council. He earned a reputation as an independent and courageous thinker and a skilled negotiator. Taking on the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of California’s greatest challenges. In a two-part oral history with Chris Austin, editor of Maven’s Notebook, Isenberg details the myths and complexities of California water politics.
The interview was conducted March 14, 2019, in Sacramento.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the California State Library.