Two years ago, after a drought that affected more than 7 million Californians, California was in dire need of relief.
At the time, Gov.
Jerry Brown was in the midst of a statewide drought.
He was determined to provide the state with the help it needed.
But there was one issue he didn’t know about.
“We have a training institute for irrigation,” he said at the time.
“And it is called Dancon.
It’s the training institute where we train people in drought prevention and other things.”
Dancon is a training center for California’s drought relief effort, and it’s in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
It was set up by the nonprofit Water Works for People, and was originally founded by former Gov.
Newsom became the first governor in California history to be appointed to the Dancon board, and he said the institute has trained more than 40,000 people to help drought-stricken California.
“It’s really been a great success,” Newsom said in 2015.
“I think we’ve had a great time doing it.”
But the training center has also faced criticism.
One of its biggest critics is former Govs.
Bob Ferguson and Gavin Newsop.
Both of them were critical of the training.
Newsop said he was skeptical of the institute’s effectiveness, saying it didn’t have enough staff to prepare its training materials.
In 2017, Newsom took the reins of the state’s drought-response effort, the California Drought Relief Program.
His administration made a big push to train people for drought relief, and the institute was created to help with that effort.
In 2016, the institute hired former U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to be its director of education.
In the years since, she’s had a difficult time keeping her promises.
Feinstein said she would have liked to hire more than 20,000 trained professionals.
The institute has not been able to fill those positions, and a 2017 investigation by The Associated Press found that the institute had lost more than $40 million since the time it started.
In January, the state Department of Water Resources released its annual report, which showed the state was spending $1.9 billion on drought-related education in the 2017 fiscal year.
But in the first two years of that fiscal year, the report said, the training effort had only saved $5.8 million.
The report also noted that the training program was only able to teach about 8,000 to 9,000 drought-relief training participants.
“I think what people are really frustrated about is that they feel like they’re not being heard,” Feinstein said.
“They feel like their voice is not being valued.”
The program also has faced criticism from outside the state.
One organization, the Water Works Institute, was created by former Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Calif.
In a letter to the governor in February, Gibson questioned the training institutes effectiveness, noting that its training programs often lacked support from the state to ensure they were effective.
“The Dancon Institute for Water Resources is not the right place to build our expertise in drought-prevention and water quality training,” Gibson wrote.
“Dancon, which is based in the Pacific Northwest, lacks the staff to provide a comprehensive and comprehensive set of training in water quality and drought mitigation,” he continued.
“Dancon’s lack of training is not just concerning to Californians in the region, but it is a national concern.
Dancon’s inability to provide such training to other states, as well as to other organizations and states across the nation, should be a concern for all states.”
While the training school has made significant progress in its efforts, the drought situation has yet to completely subside, and some of its training courses are still not complete.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently sent a letter of intent to expand the training for other training programs in the state, but that proposal is still being reviewed by the Department of Education.