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Big Tuesday

This Tuesday is a big day in many parts of the county. in Los Osos, for example, the 218 ballots are due to be handed in. I suspect the results will be close, but I’m hopeful that 218 passes, though I’ve learned to expect the unexpected in Los Osos. Also, there will be a huge turnout in San Luis Obispo at the Vets Hall as hundreds of people are expected to voice their opposition to building in the hills east of Johnson Avenue. Supporters are going to try and delay a vote, hoping to somehow figure out a way to get Mayor Romero eligible (he lives too close to the proposed project). They need his vote.

And up in Atascadero, it’s make or break for Wal Mart and hundreds of folks are expected for that 7 p.m. meeting. Anti Wal Mart forces are trying to kill the project once and for all tonight and they think they’ve got the three votes. Wal Mart says if they lose, they’ll go to the ballot box in June and try to get some kind of referendum.

Meanwhile, down here in Nipomo, the local CSD is starting to embrace desal as we continue to build houses like crazy even though we have no water. I need to do more research on desal, but as i recall, it’s very expensive and uses a lot of energy. I know Morro Bay and Cambria have both tinkered with desal in the past, but I’m not aware of many California communities who embrace the technology.

Meanwhile, on the radio, we’ll discuss the controversy surrounding Pat Hedges Wednesday at 5. Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee will be in the studio fielding your phone calls on November 1.

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  1. don't complicate simple issues
    October 23, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Dave,
    Nipomo had a chance at the state water project and said no! Some number of thousand acre feet can still be bought from other local cities that have kept paying for their entitlements.
    Why oh why do do we have to complicate this?
    State water is reliable and cheap!
    Don’t reinvent the wheel every time you need to move an inch!
    Many communities like Santa Maria are on state water and loving it!
    Let’s get real here. Desal works on aircraft carriers! Leave it out of how cities get water when ya got a HUGE pipeline running right past you!

  2. facts, just the facts
    October 23, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    state water is decidedly NOT reliable and cheap. local cities with state water were told earlier this year that their water portions might not be available and eventually, there will be no state water available to small communities.

    read the cover story of this past Sunday’s New York Times magazine and get some information. The state is in for some very serious water problems.

  3. too braindead to know my real name said...
    October 24, 2007 at 12:23 am

    The current fires in socal should be a big wake-up call to everybody. We’ve over built everywhere and are relying on distant water sources to solve our problems. A few years of drought and BAM you’re screwed. Our society has no clue how to sustain itself in the years ahead. I feel sorry for the children – we’re leaving them a mess of problems

  4. time to do the right thing
    October 25, 2007 at 4:16 am

    Let’s stop taking ourselves so seriously! Were it not for Cal Poly, Madonna Inn, and PG&E’s plant nobody would even know we are here!
    This is just a place you pass through to get to Hearst castle, Monterey or Santa Barbara.
    Let’s do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing…regardless of all the growth/no growth politics.
    We and only we are responsible for own own economic future.
    As of now hundreds of businesses have left the area and the jobs remaining are highly sought after dispite their low pay. (unless you work for a tax supported agency)
    Let’s do what is right for the workers here, the families here, and do what we can to attract real jobs to the area.
    Just think about it for a minute before you slam me.

  5. the ghost of christmas past
    October 26, 2007 at 1:37 am

    We do need a national program of not only water management but water movement across America. Earlier this year, we had flooding in Texas, now we have droughts in the SE and the desert SW. A series of pumping stations from resivour to resivour and into and from the rivers would help balance water across the country. Braindead is right, also that we in California are here living the California Dream and want everything to be just as cheap as it is in Missouri, for instance. we have overbuilt the LA basin. We have overbuilt the bay area. We are now paying a price for it. Desal is definately an option for severly drought periods. Running a desal plant to make up for rainfall shortages would be better than just running the thing full time. We as Californians have got to stop bullying the surrounding states for access to their water, like the Colorado for instance. The only people that are braindead in reality are the politicians up in Sacremento that allowed the Salinas to get diverted and for the aquifer under the Central Valley to get depleted with rampant agriculture. Farming in a desert for profit is no different than people living in New Orleans 13 feet under sea level; it only makes sense during the good times, but when disasters and bad times hit, they are very bad indeed.

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