From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon Oct 3 2011
Invitation-Only Meeting Held to Promote a Desalination Plant in Santa Cruz
Private Meeting at Museum of Art and History for Building Santa Cruz Desalination Facility
Alex Darocy writes: Public officials from the past and present filed into the Museum of Art and History Monday night [September 19] as Mike Rotkin and Cynthia Mathews, describing themselves as part of "the Sustainable Water Coalition," hosted a private, invite-only informational meeting in support of the proposed desalination plant project. The desal project, which so far has cost $6 million dollars to be studied, has been aggressively promoted by officials, and this private meeting has brought up issues of governmental transparency. This meeting punctuates a new era of suspicion concerning local politicians: during the planning of the desal project there have been conflicts of interest, including the selection of the URS Corporation to author the EIR [Environmental Impact Report], as well as recent ethics violations on the part of city officials.

Mike Rotkin was nowhere to be seen inside, and it was unclear if any of those at the meeting were also members of the "Sustainable Water Coalition." When questioned through email, Rotkin and Mathews have so far not disclosed who has funded the group (and paid for renting the museum) and they have not disclosed the names of any of the other members of the coalition, or if there are even any other members at all. At times, the meeting had the feel of a private club filled with public officials, and clearly a group of them there had politically bonded over the issue and were using the event to further those connections.

imc_photo.gif Private Desal Meeting - Report, Photos, Background | City of Santa Cruz Consultant Verifies Decline in Drought Risk | imc_calendar.gif October 3: Water Commission Meeting
03/20/18 Demonstrators Say Visa Must Block Assault Weapon Financial Transactions Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Anti-War | Peninsula | U.S.03/14/18 Sheriff's Chief Deputy Appointed to Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial Board Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Media Activism & Independent Media | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/14/18 Anti-Houseless Stickers a "Team Effort" at Broprints Screen Printing Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Drug War | Arts + Action | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/11/18 Historical Experiences of Native Children Inside U.S. Public Schools Front Page | Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | Arts + Action | East Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/10/18 Building Solidarity Against Trumped-up Repression Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/09/18 Everyday Militarisms of Life and Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Anti-War | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | California03/05/18 Statewide Initiative Aims to Revoke Infamous Anti-Tenant Law Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | East Bay | California | Government & Elections03/03/18 Increased ICE Activity in Northern California Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | North Coast | California | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/03/18 Francisco Cantú, Ex-Border Patrol Agent, Confronted and Cancelled in Bay Area Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Arts + Action | San Francisco | East Bay | Immigrant Rights02/26/18 Exploring the Geographies and Histories of Social Change in New Orleans Front Page | Racial Justice | U.S.02/25/18 Nestlé and Others Cashing in on Misinformation and U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | U.S.
Related Categories: Santa Cruz Indymedia | Environment & Forest Defense | Government & Elections