SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

California | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Environment & Forest Defense | Government & Elections | Front Page

Tue Jun 4 2013 (Updated 06/10/13) Desal Opponents Challenge City's "Cozy Relationships" and "Aggressive Advocacy"
City of Santa Cruz Entangled in CalDesal’s Advocacy and Lobbying Activities On May 15, the City of Santa Cruz issued a press release entitled “Santa Cruz Water Director Key to Non-Profit CalDesal Success. Bill Kocher Named Vice-President of the Board." Opponents of the proposed desal plant say the piece appears designed as a damage control tactic to both re-frame and obfuscate the city’s role as a prominent member of the CalDesal advocacy and lobbying organization.

Opponents of desal point out the city’s CalDesal news release coincides with the release of the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) evaluation study for building the controversial regional seawater desal plant complex, which is proposed to be located along the shores of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary on the west side of Santa Cruz.

Paul Gratz writes: "A lack of transparency, overall exclusionary attitude, and cozy industry relationship of our water agencies, is inspiring desal opponents not only to challenge their political hegemony with renewed vigor, but to question the nature of regional water resource planning and growth management as a whole. From a preliminary examination of public records, an inconvenient reality is coming into view that raises serious questions about the appearance of conflict of interest, cozy relationships, aggressive advocacy and lobbying, and lack of oversight and accountability."

pdfRead More | The Desal EIR & Lobbying: Plunging trust in SC City Council? | Desal Advocacy and Conflict of Interest - Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District

imc_calendar.gif Thursday, June 13: Desal Alternatives Presents its Response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report

See Also: Pro-desal EIR marketing campaign pitches “green boutique” plant, downplays expansion | Santa Cruz Desal EIR Detached From Reality?


Previous Coverage: Supporters of Right to Vote on Desal Turn in Petitions at Santa Cruz City Hall | Invitation-Only Meeting Held to Promote a Desalination Plant in Santa Cruz

05/28/15 Animal Liberation Group Protests at Whole Foods and Westfield Shopping Center in SF   Animal Liberation
05/28/15 Forty-Six Percent of City Workers in Santa Cruz are Unable to Live Within City Limits   Labor & Workers | Santa Cruz Indymedia
05/28/15 Hundreds Attend Lively Birthday Party for Food Not Bombs in Santa Cruz   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
05/28/15 Community Members in Santa Cruz Rally to End Solitary Confinement   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
05/27/15 Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006   Environment & Forest Defense | California
05/26/15 First Successful Santa Cruz County Referendum in 13 Years Challenges BOS Vote   Drug War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
05/25/15 Protesters in Bee Costumes Fill Fisherman's Wharf at March on Monsanto   Environment & Forest Defense
05/15/15 Series of Vigils in Salinas Honors Victims of Police Violence in 2014   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
05/09/15 Community Organizes to Take Anti-Eviction Message Directly to SF Supervisors and Mayor   Health, Housing, and Public Services
05/09/15 People’s City Council Supplants Oakland City Council To Stop Vote on E12th St Development   Health, Housing, and Public Services
05/08/15 Community Members Tell Pope Francis 'No Sainthood for Genocide'   Racial Justice | California