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Letter to the Editor

Taxpayers part of desal puzzle

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 3/29/12

At the last desal task force meeting, I commented that their interactive iPad “water use survey” ends with propaganda. Following interactive questions about water use and awareness of the water problem, a screen displays a four-piece puzzle with three pieces interlocked, representing conservation, drought measures and existing water supplies. The fourth piece — desalination — hovers near the empty space, ready to complete the puzzle. The message is clear: Desal is the only solution to our water problem.

Why is the cash-strapped city using ratepayer revenue to fund desal propaganda?

Since the city recently approved an ordinance allowing the voters to decide on desal, why will it not discuss a backup plan should the voters reject desal? Is there such a plan? Is the water crisis really as desperate as the city claims, and is there not sufficient time to discuss openly and reasonably the full range of proposed options?

KAREN MINKOWSKI, Santa Cruz

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