News Articles and Letters to the Editor

The following news articles and letters to the editor are posted in reverse chronological order. If you want to start at the beginning, then you might want to read from the bottom to the top.

Court ruling invalidates Santa Cruz’s EIR aimed at UCSC growth - Santa Cruz Sentinel article by J.M. Brown, published November 28th, 2012.

Local Desal Opponents Get Ambitious After Victory - Santa Cruz Weekly article published on November 28th, 2012.

New report highlights hidden costs of desal projects - Santa Cruz Sentinel article published on November 27, 2012. Article discusses Pacific Institute report “Key Issues for Desalination in California – Cost and Financing”.

Santa Cruz voters overwhelmingly back desal vote to set up city charter change – Santa Cruz Sentinel article published on November 7th, 2012.

As You See It – Measure P to Protect Our Water Future - Letter to the Editor from Teetle Clawson, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on November 2nd, 2012.

State Agency Wants Santa Cruz to Improve Stream Flows Immediately - Santa Cruz Sentinel article published October 25th, 2012.

As You See It – Views on Santa Cruz’s Measure P – Letters to the Editor from the following writers in support of Yes on P. Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on October 23rd, 2012 in response to the Sentinel’s No on P editorial dated October 19th.

  • Peace of mind – Steve Welch
  • Look elsewhere – Paul Weaver
  • Who decides? – Jude Todd
  • Yes on Measure P – Jan Bentley
  • Seize the chance – Reed Searle
  • Yes on Measure P – Fred Yukic

Measure P: Best Use of Initiative Process - Rick Longinotti of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel October 27th, 2012.

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City Council Candidates Tackle Desalination - Forum examines Measure P and how to keep Santa Cruz from going thirsty. By Ardy Raghian – City On a Hill Press. Published October 5, 2012. (Mentions 2006 Measure J -see below). There is an error in paragraph two of the article. County-wide should be city-wide.

“If passed in the November elections, Measure P would prevent the city council from taking legislative action to approve the building of the plant without first putting it up for a county-wide city-wide vote.”

City Council Candidates’ Scorecard and Answers to Water Questions - Published by Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives on September 27th, 2012.

What was Measure J in 2006?

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Deconstructing Desal: Do we need it? – Santa Cruz Sentinel series of articles published September 28-30, 2012.

Desalination no panacea for California water woes - Associated Press (AP) article, published September 22nd, 2012.

Desalination And You – How prepared are locals to vote on the city’s most contentious issue? - Good Times Santa Cruz September 18th, 2012.

Desal measure heads to November ballot; group narrowly collects enough signatures to qualify - Santa Cruz Sentinel July 3rd, 2012.

Strong Turnout to Protect UCSC Upper Campus Prompts LAFCO to Delay Decision - by Alex Darocy of Indybay online media, published June 21st, 2012. This is a great article with many nice photos and perhaps most importantly a complete audio recording of the June 6th LAFCO meeting.

Gillian Greensite’s Letter to the Editor called “Stop Slamming LAFCO” published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 14th, 2012.

Supporters of Right to Vote on Desal Turn in Petitions at Santa Cruz City Hall – by Alex Darocy of Indybay online media, published May 29th, 2012. Includes many nice photos and an audio recording of supporter Jacquy Griffith’s comments.

Desal Opponents Pronounce Petition Drive a Success - Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 29th, 2012.

Desalination’s Salience Rises - Includes comments from Paul Gratz and Gary Patton. Published in the UCSC City on a Hill Press on May 10th, 2012.

Jerry Paul’s Letter to the Editor called “Putting desalination into perspective” published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 6th, 2012.

Don Lane’s Editorial called “UCSC not the reason we need desal plant” published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 6th, 2012.

Karen Minkowski’s Letter to the Editor called “DeCinzo Right On” published in the Metro Santa Cruz on May 1st, 2012.

Cissy Freeman’s Letter to the Editor “Desal and UCSC Expansion – No On Both Counts”. Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on April 8th, 2012

In UCSC expansion vote, panel waits on fish protection plan, lowers overall water limitpublished in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on March 7th, 2012.

Coastal Commission weighs in on UCSC water case: Agency says it may have oversight role in related fisheries debate - published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on March 6th, 2012.

Fisheries agencies warn LAFCO against UCSC water expansion - published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on March 2nd, 2012.

Water Customers Want to Be Included in Desal Vote - This article includes comments from Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, Michael Lewis, and Rick Longinotti. Published in the Metro Santa Cruz on February 28th, 2012.

Debate on Desal and Growth Coming to Head - LAFCO prepares to make crucial decision on the future of UC-Santa Cruz growth. Includes comments from Gary Patton. Published in the Metro Santa Cruz on February 28th, 2012.

UCSC chancellor says town-gown good will on line: Blumenthal warns LAFCO not to overstep power on campus growth - published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on December 6th, 2011.

Critical Time for Water - Includes comments Bill Kocher of the Santa Cruz Water Department, Ellen Murtha of WILPF, and Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives. Published in the UCSC City on a Hill Press on April 21st, 2011.

Desalination Could Have Been Avoided – James Bentley. Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel April 25th, 2010.