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dispute between city, water district

with more than $100 million in flood damage, you knew it was only a matter of time before the facade of amity between the city of san jose and the santa clara valley water district evaporated. if it weren’t for the lawyers, that would not be a bad thing.their disagreement broke into the open earlier this week when mayor sam liccardo wrote a scathing letter to the golden spigot’s board chairman, john varela, criticizing the water district for not sending experts to a city council hearing on the flood last thursday.in essence, the mayor assailed the water district for lawyering up. though the city invited the water board members and experts to attend, district officials said they were concerned that liccardo had invoked a city charter provision that gives the council the right to subpoena witnesses and act as investigator.the city and water district clash on significant points — the quality of the water district’s channel-capacity numbers, the responsibility for clearing the creek bed, and the management of anderson dam. i’ll take each of those topics below.let me deliver bad news first: my sources in the development community — and they are very knowledgeable — say that a truly effective flood control project on the coyote would easily cost more than $1 billion. it’s unlikely that there’s the political will to do it.such a project, designed to offer 100-year flood protection, would be hugely controversial. it would involve removing many of the trees and creat...