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Posted on June 18 at 2:31 p.m.

The "water czar" knows that the City didn't even try the other real option. The City of Santa Cruz implemented rationing and immediately produced significant reductions and those reductions keep growing. Did the 'czar' ever meet with the Santa Cruz staff or consider allocations. NO. The 'czar' decided that hiring more staff was TOO Expensive (no where near $50m though). So the City frittered away the water it had by hoping that increasing rates would reduce use. The City never took the drought seriously - always hoping it would rain so they could avoid providing each customer with an allocation. Rationing programs result in permanent changes to water-use infrastructure that provide increased efficiency citywide far into the future. Bendy White learned during the 1987-92 drought that waiting too long, not rationing and then panicking does not work. So why has the City done it again? The 'czar' has NO experience with drought and yet never met with successful agencies to determine the best program - all he wanted was what was easy. And Goleta is another story - refusing to accept Cachuma reductions in 2013 so they could continue issuing building permits for another year and then setting their agric. customers up for disaster by allowing them to increase use during 2013-14 and then cutting them off at the roots with a giant rate increase. Neither agency did what was best for their customers - they did what was easiest for the staff and the Board. We need new leadership that actually has the nerve to do the right thing.

On Pulling the $53 Million Desal Trigger

Posted on March 26 at 12:53 p.m.

Nick Welsh is one of the best, most entertaining and factual writers in California. We are lucky to have his reporting and commenting. I doubt if many of us have any idea of the thousands of decisions, creative thoughts and stress with which the Montecito Water District manager and staff currently wrestle. Thank you Tom Mosby for keeping the water flowing and the long hours that requires of District staff.

On Heir of the Dog

Posted on March 12 at 9:46 a.m.

Great article about SB County water and the lack of leadership at the retail level (except rationing by Montecito).

It appears that SB City and Goleta think they can buy their way out of the drought. Both agencies have only voluntary reduction programs (don't irrigate on certain days) and are throwing millions of dollars at buying MORE water so we can continue to pretend we don't have to become more efficient.

SB is spending $42M for a desal plant and GWD is spending millions to drill more groundwater wells so they can drain the basin beyond their legal rights.

AND, GWD has allowed their farmers to DOUBLE their average water use (with a $1.20 per unit rate that is 20 percent of what the rest of us pay) so they can produce a bumper crop while our landscapes die.

Anyone know how recall elections work?

On Water Rates Rising, Lake Cachuma Dropping

Posted on July 31 at 10:15 a.m.

Those that supported the destruction of the News-Press are guilty of the intellectual destruction of our community. But, if you need a hired gun to fight for wrong, this is a good candidate.

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 18 at 10:54 a.m.

I am interested in why an attorney known for representing the wealthy is working to change our election system. Please ask him who is funding his work and what's their motivation. Something is odd here.

On S.B. Corrupt? Say It Ain’t So

Posted on July 9 at 10 a.m.

We only need regulations because of a few people's dishonesty. If the fisherman and restauranteurs would police themselves this would not be a problem. Rest assured that the crew of a boat knows when the catch is different that what is sold. And any decent chef knows what they are cooking. Time for people to step up and tell the truth and stop cheating the public.

On The Bait and Switch of Seafood Fraud

Posted on May 2 at 8:41 a.m.

We saw this musical last night and it is very very well done. Great voices, music and acting. I hope that the theatre is full for every performance.

On <em>Les Misérables</em>

Posted on January 8 at 8:05 a.m.

The protocols that protected the Southcoast are being ignored. Since Cachuma was built deliveries have been reduced by 20% when the lake reached 100,000 acre feet and by 40% when it reached 80,000 acre feet. It is now 78,000 acre feet and there has been no reduction. Why? Because we have State Water - the most unreliable supply in Calif. Why aren't local agenices asking us to conserve water - one agency in particular has such enormous debts and expensive 'corporate' executive staff that if customers reduce their water purchases the agency will be in significant financial trouble. Thank the expense of State Water and the irresponsibility of a water board that pays $300,000 (pay and benefits) to someone without any previous water experience for the failure to alert our communities to the looming water shortage.

On No Rain, No Water

Posted on January 2 at 4:05 p.m.

During the drought he didn’t visit the estate but wanted a green lawn just in case. He hired water trucks to bring water to his property after the water district cut him off - the neighbors were NOT amused and that ended. The well worked during the drought but then went dry. A total scum bag.

On Harold Simmons Dies

Posted on December 14 at 8:54 a.m.


Great, factual and informative article. Thank you. Now can you get the local water agencies to start reducing their deliveries from Cachuma. The lake is far below the level where reductions usually start but GWD seems to believe that it will either rain a lot or that they can survive without water. Their irresponsibility is breath-taking.

On The Waterless State Water Solution

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