Letter to the Editor
Rotkin, you 'doth protest too much'
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/31/13
Former Mayor Rotkin "doth protest too much." And Mike is way ahead of himself in claiming that the draft EIR for the desalination plant "shows unequivocally that the desalination plant "... can be constructed with no significant negative environmental consequences."
The recently released document is a "draft." The final EIR that will be the decision document is the draft, plus comments on the draft, plus responses to the comments. The draft document is simply the assertion made by the city about environmental impacts. Those claims about "no impacts" have yet to be tested by the process.
And let's remember who is making the assertions. The city is one of the prime movers in, and uses our money to finance, CalDesal, an industry-support group focused "solely" on advancing desalination in California. Is the city's draft EIR objective and fair? Let's wait until the process is over before we draw that conclusion.
Gary A. Patton, Santa Cruz