Solana Beach took another step Wednesday toward becoming the first city in San Diego County to provide its residents with a renewable alternative to electricity provided by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. City Council members agreed to enter the second of three phases that would lead to the creation and operation of a community choice aggregation, or CCA, as early as next year through a partnership with two private companies that would oversee its maintenance and operation. Other cities would be welcome to join the partnership, they said.
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Governor Brown’s proposal to fix California’s water problem by building massive tunnels to shunt Sacramento River water past the Bay/Delta and south to Los Angeles water consumers and San Joaquin Valley farmers isn’t going to fix anything, let alone make our water supply more reliable. The state admits the tunnels will not supply any new water. The proposal is replete with misconceptions and misrepresentations, and it has a false underlying basic premise — that there is enough water in California to meet our needs if only we could bypass the Delta.
The large and influential Metropolitan Water District in Southern California has voted to go forward with the WaterFix tunnels plan. The powerful Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to pay its share of the $16 billion project to build two massive tunnels to pipe water from Northern California to Southern California cities. The 28-6 vote gives Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious project an important boost of support after an influential agricultural group withdrew its backing last month.
The Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District, the country’s largest water district, on Tuesday cemented support for California Governor Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion, primarily through rate hikes on millions of Southern Californians. The MWD’s decision to fund up to 25.9 percent of the $17 billion California WaterFix, which would divert water from the West Coast’s largest estuary through two 40-foot-wide 35-mile-long tunnels, comes as a boost to a project beset by environmental and financial uncertainties.
The Hepatitis A outbreak is an obvious public health emergency, but what is less obvious to some; it’s also an environmental one. As documented by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board, many of the county’s waterways show fecal contamination and the presence of Hepatitis A. According to the board, human waste that originates from homeless encampments along creeks and rivers is a major source of the fecal contamination. Two San Diego City Council members recently wrote a joint letter expressing their concern about the effects of the outdoor camps on the San Diego River.
The country’s largest water district on Tuesday cemented support for Governor Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion, primarily through rate hikes on millions of Southern Californians. The Metropolitan Water District’s decision to fund up to 25.9 percent of the $17 billion California WaterFix, which would divert water from the West Coast’s largest estuary through two 40-foot-wide 35-mile-long tunnels, comes as a boost to a project beset by environmental and financial uncertainties.
During the recent five-year drought, residents and businesses in Los Angeles were saved from disaster by water that was imported to Southern California from the mountains and rivers of Northern California via the State Water Project and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). In fact, imported water from MWD is the reason we have averted disaster twice during the last 10 years.
Overcoming opposition from representatives of the state’s two largest cities, Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for a multi-billion dollar fix to the weak link of California’s aqueduct system passed a major hurdle Tuesday when Southern California’s largest water wholesaler formally voted to participate. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) would provide more than a quarter of the total $17 billion cost projected for what has been dubbed California WaterFix.