David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, is quoted in Phys.org on the consequences of California's water crisis upon the different regions of the state, and how authoritative figures may have contributed to the discrepancies being experienced among the regions.
Moreover, these problems are not new. Disparities are being highlighted by the drought, but their roots go back much further. "Through history, water has always been provided by various authorities that have power. And that power's often exercised unequally," said UC Irvine professor David Feldman, a political scientist who specializes in water management and policy.