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Desalination And Growth

Gary Patton, Land Use Report, KUSP

2/17/12

In Santa Cruz, a “Vote On Desal” coalition is circulating an initiative petition within the City of Santa Cruz. The initiative would amend the Santa Cruz City Charter to give city voters the right to vote, before the City makes any final commitment to the construction of a $100 million dollar-plus desalination plant. On the UCSC campus, students are holding an event next Wednesday, February 22nd, at which this topic is also going to be debated. I will be participating personally, as will former Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin. The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m., in the Stevenson Fireside Lounge.

Desalination is directly related to the future growth of UCSC, and to the future growth and development of all those areas served by City water. The so-called “Comprehensive Settlement Agreement” that the City signed with the University contains a statement that the City will pursue a phased approach to desalination, as needed to meet growth needs. This is one of the features of the agreement that has not been widely advertised. In connection with my work as an attorney with the Wittwer & Parkin law firm, I am representing the Community Water Coalition, which is concerned about the extension of City water to allow the construction of about 3,000,000 square feet of new construction on the undeveloped UCSC “North Campus.” For the CWC, the tie-in between continued growth and desalination is pretty clear.

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Blog: Two Worlds

SCWD2 Website

Desal Alternatives Website

Vote On Desal Website

Right To Vote On Desalination Initiative Measure

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