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The Desalination Task Force

Land Use Report, Gary Patton, KUSP, 12/19/12

If you live in the City of Santa Cruz and care about historic preservation, be aware that the City’s Historic Preservation Commission will meet this evening at 7:30. Historic preservation has received some special recognition in state law, and the City of Santa Cruz has taken historic preservation very seriously. The City Zoning Administrator is also holding a meeting today, at 10:00 a.m. If you live in the City, it wouldn’t hurt to scan the agenda, to see if any of the items have special relevance to you.

The “Desalination Task Force,” jointly established by the City of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District, will also meet this evening. It convenes at 7:00 o’clock in the Santa Cruz Police Community Room. Whether or not the City of Santa Cruz should build an expensive desalination plant, as a way to provide some drought protection and to support the water demands of future growth, is quite controversial, and it turns out that the City’s Water Director is far from either impartial or open minded on this question. The Santa Cruz Good Times newspaper has revealed that he was a founding member and sits on the Executive Board of CalDesal, which describes itself as “the only advocacy group in California solely dedicated to advancing the use of desalination.”

Check out their website! There are links at

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Agenda – Desalination Task Force

Agenda – Historic Preservation Commission

Agenda – City Zoning Administrator Meeting

Santa Cruz Good Times Article, “Ebb & Flow”

CalDesal Website

The Desalination Task Force

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