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Right to Vote on Desal Rally at Mitchell Cove in Santa Cruz
by via Surfers' Environmental Alliance
Monday Oct 8th, 2012 2:08 PM
On October 7, community members involved with the Surfers' Environmental Alliance (SEA), Surfrider Santa Cruz, Save The Waves Coalition, and the Right to Vote on Desal Coalition gathered on the beach at Mitchell Cove for a rally supporting "Yes on P", the right to vote on the proposed construction of a desal plant on the westside of Santa Cruz.
Photo by Kelly Vander Kaay.

Press release announcing rally:


Santa Cruz Right to Vote on Desal in partnership with the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Save The Waves Coalition, and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance will stage a great picture opportunity on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Mitchell Cove on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Everyone is invited to attend and take part in the brief community event.

Participants will gather on the beach or stairs to display their “LET THE VOTERS DECIDE!” message and will also display other issue signs and organizational banners. Surfers are welcome to bring their boards and be up-front in the promotional pictures. RTVOD envisions a line-up of standing surfboards with their message displayed on them in block letters to make a cool visual statement that can be spread around on media and social media.

Ken “Skindog” Collins, local big wave charger and Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Surfing Ambassador, says “Santa Cruz does not need a Desal Plant right now. What Santa Cruz does need right now is the people of the community to step up, get involved, and protect the natural resources that we are truly blessed with, and want to continue to have for our children and generations beyond.”

Jim Littlefield, from Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, agrees: “SEA absolutely supports the right of Santa Cruz voters to ultimately decide whether or not to invest in such a massive construction plan when previous desalinization projects around our country have such a dismal success record.”

This event should be colorful and media-friendly, so all media representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend. We think this is classic “GRASS ROOTS DEMOCRACY” IN ACTION!

Right_to_Vote_on_Desal_Coalition [at]

scseasurfer [at]

James Littlefield
West Coast Environmental Projects Director
Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA)

Right to Vote on Desal