Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, will meet tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Capitola City Hall. If you care about water supply issues, within the water service area of the City of Santa Cruz, you may want to attend.
LAFCO will soon decide whether or not the City of Santa Cruz should be allowed to extend water service, outside its current water service area, to facilitate over 3,000,000 square feet of new construction on the UCSC North Campus. Since the City is facing a genuine water supply crisis, this is not a trivial question, and LAFCO is taking it seriously. A couple of informal LAFCO committees will be reporting at tomorrow’s meeting. The final decision is scheduled for the Commission’s October meeting. That meeting will be held on October 10th, and the location of the meeting is yet to be determined.
The Wittwer & Parkin law firm, with which I am associated, is representing the Community Water Coalition, which opposes the extension of water service to the UCSC North Campus unless and until it is clear that there is an adequate water supply for existing customers, and to keep fish alive in North Coast streams and the San Lorenzo River. There is a meeting about that topic tomorrow, too. The Department of Fish and Game is addressing these issues at the Scotts Valley Hilton, starting at 10:00 a.m.
NOAA Fisheries and State Department of Fish and Game Workshop on Coho Recovery:
September 5, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, Pine/Oak Room
6001 La Madrona Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060