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As momentum builds for moving the $11.1 billion water bond to the 2012 ballot, one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees to the panel tasked with creating a plan to address management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has withdrawn his name from the confirmation process.

Fresno Bee colleague E.J. Schultz reports:

One of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees to the Delta Stewardship Council resigned today in the face of opposition from some environmental groups that said he had a conflict of interest.

Richard Roos-Collins, an attorney for the Natural Heritage Institute, said "it has become clear that the political controversy related to Senate confirmation of my appointment will affect the council's capacity to timely implement the Delta Reform Act," according to his resignation letter obtained by The Bee.

Roos-Collins' confirmation vote was bumped from a Senate Rules Committee hearing agenda last month. Read Schultz's full story and the resignation letter here.



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