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Santa Cruz City Council Candidate Forum on Water Issues
by Alex Darocy
Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
On September 27, the Right to Vote on Desal Coalition hosted a Santa Cruz City Council candidates forum on water issues which was moderated by Rick Longinotti at the Louden Nelson Community Center. [scroll down for audio, photos, and the Desal Alternatives candidates scorecard]
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All eight candidates, Pamela Comstock, Jake Fusari, Don Lane, Cynthia Mathews, Richelle Noroyan, CeCe Pinheiro, Steve Pleich, and Micah Posner, attended the forum, and Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives developed a candidates "score card" on water issues based on their performances at the forum as well as the answers they gave to a written questionnaire from the organization before the event.

Pro-desal candidates Mathews and Lane expressed frustration with the structure of the forum, which began with a half hour presentation by Longinotti critiquing the proposed construction of a water desalination facility in Santa Cruz.

Richelle Noroyan stormed out of the forum when Longinotti used his position as moderator to question the factual accuracy of statements she was making. In his October 2 column, Bruce Bratton commented on her exit, saying, "I never in many years of candidates experienced such crazy behavior Can anyone possibly imagine how she would handle herself if she was on the City Council?"

Some of the candidates seemed unprepared to discuss the topic of the proposed desalination plant, and Pamela Comstock, because of a lack of personal knowledge on the issue, declined to answer one question addressed to the group.

The exchange between Longinotti and Noroyan that lead to her walking out of the forum can be heard starting at the 43:27 point of the audio clip posted below.


For more information about the candidates, see:
https://scruzwiki.org/2012_Santa_Cruz_City_Council_Candidates

For more information about the Right to Vote on Desal Coalition, see:
http://voteondesalsc.org/

For more information about Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives, see:
http://desalalternatives.org


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Candidate statements and Q & A period
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
43:27 -- Rick Longinotti adds a point of clarification to what Richelle Noroyan has just said

44:37 -- Richelle Noroyan says, "I feel like you are debating me right now"

45:00 -- Richelle Noroyan leaves the forum
§Rick Longinotti's presentation
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
§Pamela Comstock
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
pamela-comstock-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-4.jpg
§Jake Fusari
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
jake-fusari-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-5.jpg
§Don Lane
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
don-lane-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-6.jpg
§Cynthia Mathews
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
cynthia-mathews-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-7.jpg
§Richelle Noroyan
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
richelle-noroyan-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-8.jpg
§CeCe Pinheiro
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
cece-pinheiro-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-9.jpg
§Steve Pleich
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
steve-pleich-water-forum-santa-cruz-council-candidates-september-27-2012-10.jpg
§Micah Posner
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
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by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
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Some of the candidates look on during Rick Longinotti's presentation.
§Rick Longinotti
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
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§Richelle Noroyan leaves the forum
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
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§Candidate scorecard on water issues
by Alex Darocy Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 1:25 AM
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Scores:
30 - Comstock
100 - Fusari
20- Lane
10 - Mathews
5 - Noroyan
85 - Pinheiro
100 - Pleich
100 - Posner

From Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Reality Check
Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 9:52 PM
I find it amazing that Noroyan could have a lower score than Lane, who is currently championing desal on the council, and Mathews, who is a co-founder of the pro-desal coalition.