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Water And The Council
Gary Patton, Land Use Report, KUSP

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today, the Santa Cruz City Council will decide whether or not to spend $480,000 on a “Permitting Advisor” for the proposed desalination plant. That’s Agenda Item #13. Moving to “permitting” before having made an official decision to build the plant might seem a bit “cart before the horse.” I assume someone will raise that issue. Agenda Item #14 proposes spending an additional $100,000 on a law firm to work on the desalination EIR. If you’d like to be heard, your testimony (not to exceed two minutes) will be in order during the Council’s 3:00 o’clock afternoon session.

Also on the agenda at 3:00 o’clock is a proposal to facilitate the development of the UCSC North Campus Area, giving the go-ahead to over 3,000,000 square feet of new construction in what is now a natural area. The Council would be helping the proposal along by suggesting (though not actually adopting) a policy on water conservation. That’s Agenda Item #18. At 7:00 o’clock, the Council will consider a proposed Urban Water Management Plan.

The law firm with which I am associated has a direct interest in Item #18, because it represents the Community Water Coalition, which is opposing the extension of water service to the UCSC North Campus. I am hoping lots of people are interested in all of these issues, though. They are certainly important ones.

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