They claim the Resnicks’ influence among politicians and liberal celebrities is quietly warping California’s water policies away from the interests of the state’s residents, wildlife, and even most farmers.
“I think the Wonderful Company and the Resnicks are truly the top 1 percent wrapped in a green veneer, in a veneer of social justice,” says Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta, an advocacy group that represents farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, east of San Francisco.
The Los Angeles 2028 Games, with a budget of .3 billion, will essentially follow the plan they had in place for 2024, including housing athletes at the UCLA campus.
“If they truly cared about a sustainable California and farmworkers within their own community, then how things are structured and how they are done by the Wonderful Company would be much different.” Lynda Resnick’s friends, on the other hand, say she has found her calling.
“The work is extraordinary, and rooted in a genuine desire to make a difference in people’s lives,” says media mogul Arianna Huffington.
“Oh no, you talk great,” the woman replied with a warm smile, before she began handing out copies of her book, .
“To my friend with the sweet voice,” she wrote inside Tijerina’s copy.
Last year, the Resnicks rebranded all their holdings as the Wonderful Company to highlight their focus on healthy products and philanthropy.
“Our company has always believed that success means doing well by doing good,” Stewart Resnick said in a press release announcing the name change.
Last year, the couple’s political and charitable donations topped million.
They’ve spent million on the 2,500 residents of Lost Hills—roughly 600 of whom work for the couple—funding everything from sidewalks, parks, and playing fields to affordable housing, a preschool, and a health clinic.
They were both there for a school board meeting, and the superintendent had failed to show up.