The water marketing interests emerged in Imperial Valley in the following order:
(1) The Elmore group
(2) The Don Cox group
(3) Bass Bros./Western Farms
Before the historic Western Farms meeting at the Imperial Irrigation District auditorium in El Centro, I was passing out a "Save Our Water" paper when a Don Cox supporter rather irately told me that he was for Don Cox.
The Elmore group supported the Western Farms/"Responsibility" group but they were not members.
The Coalition supported the Don Cox group.
In the melodrama that followed, Don Cox was cast as the hero and Western Farms was the villain.
When Don ran for re-election, his campaign slogan was: I'm for true conservation.
Knowing that (Don Cox) was the "godfather" of the first fallowing program in Imperial Valley, he was never my hero. The Metropolitan Water District rejected this fallowing program. It was the same as the one MWD had entered into with the Palo Verde Irrigation District in the Blythe area.