In August, Santa Cruz City Manager, Martín Bernal, and Mayor Hilary Bryant went a long way to repair damaged community harmony when they announced in a plan to put the brakes on the desal project and, in their words, invite “additional public input to craft a new vision for the City’s water supply”. The outcome of Tuesday’s 7pm Council meeting will determine whether the Council will be able to continue the process of pulling the community together to secure our water future. Continue reading
Here’s the letter from Desal Alternatives on the Mayor and City Manager’s proposal that calls for SHIFTING FOCUS TO CONSERVATION AND ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INPUT TO CRAFT A NEW VISION FOR THE CITY’S WATER SUPPLY
September 16, 2013
Mayor and City Council
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Dear Mayor Bryant and City Councilmembers,
Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives welcomes the Mayor and City Manager’s recent statement about the need to suspend the desalination project timeline and to further involve the community in decisions about how to secure a sustainable water supply. We strongly agree that the City’s process of water planning needs a “reset.”
We encourage a broadening of the discussion to include all constructive and innovative measures, large and small, with the common goal of strengthening our water security. For too long, the debate has been limited to provoking drought fears and promoting the idea that a desal plant is the only solution. Our community can do better than that.
Santa Cruzans are primed to help. No other issue in recent times has so quickly galvanized locals to become politically active as we have seen with the desal proposal over the past year. The City Council has the opportunity to turn this interest into a resource for good decision-making.
Our group and many other residents are willing to knuckle down and work toward our common goal. Let’s join together to make future generations proud of our efforts to create a secure water future. Let’s make Santa Cruz that place where government and community can put polarizing politics aside and find solutions to make the difference.
To proceed on a constructive course, we recommend that the City Council take the following actions: Continue reading