Thanks to your support and the work of many volunteers, Measure P, the Right To Vote On Desal initiative passed by a landslide! We will prepare for the 2014 up-or-down vote on Desal and we will update this website once we have specific plans and ways that you can help with the 2014 election campaign. Until then, this website will be left up and running for educational purposes, but some of the links to other websites may eventually stop working.
In the meantime, you can:
- Attend the LAFCO meetings. LAFCO has cancelled its December 5th meeting in the wake of the state Court of Appeals rejection of the Environmental Impact Report on water service for campus expansion. LAFCO will meet on January 9th to decide whether to schedule a public hearing about the UCSC application, or whether to put that off until some future time.
- Continue to monitor the EIR process for the proposed desal plant at Santa Cruz City Council meetings.
- Take advantage of the local educational activities to raise awareness in our communities about the impact of the desalination project. Visit desalalternatives.org for more information.
- If you are a UCSC student or faculty member you can also contact Teach The Forest for more information and opportunities to get involved on campus.
You can also still email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes: 19,124 votes = 72.13% !
No: 7,389 votes = 27.87%
Recent News Articles
Court ruling invalidates Santa Cruz’s EIR aimed at UCSC growth – Santa Cruz Sentinel article by J.M. Brown, published November 28th, 2012.
Local Desal Opponents Get Ambitious After Victory - Santa Cruz Weekly article by Jacob Pierce, published on November 28th, 2012.
Rick Longinotti of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives
New report highlights hidden costs of desal projects - Santa Cruz Sentinel article published on November 27, 2012. Article discusses Pacific Institute report “Key Issues for Desalination in California – Cost and Financing”.
Santa Cruz voters overwhelmingly back desal vote to set up city charter change – Santa Cruz Sentinel article published on November 7th, 2012.
State Agency Wants Santa Cruz to Improve Stream Flows Immediately - Santa Cruz Sentinel article published October 25th, 2012.
Measure P: Best Use of Initiative Process - Rick Longinotti of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel October 27th, 2012.
As You See It – Views on Santa Cruz’s Measure P – Letters to the Editor from the following writers in support of Yes on P. Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on October 23rd, 2012 in response to the Sentinel’s No on P editorial dated October 19th.
- Peace of mind – Steve Welch
- Look elsewhere – Paul Weaver
- Who decides? – Jude Todd
- Yes on Measure P – Jan Bentley
- Seize the chance – Reed Searle
- Yes on Measure P – Fred Yukic
Click here to see more News Articles and Letters to the Editor
Click here to read the Text of Measure P and the Arguments for and against.
Yes on Measure P supporters at Mitchell’s Cove, proposed site of intake and discharge pipelines. (See the Pipeline Route Diagram below.)
“Santa Cruz Circa 2080 A.D” - by Russell Brutsché
The music video “Clear and Free” was shot in Santa Cruz with local musicians. The song is based on “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie with verses related to water, rain, the ocean and desalination.
- Aileen Vance - Guitar and Vocals
- Matt Conable - Guitar and Vocals
- Alan Voegtlen - Saxophone
- Gail Swain - Vocals
- Curtis Swain - Washboard
- Midyne Spear - Harp and Vocals
- Michael Levy - Vocals
- Russell Brutsché - Artwork and Vocals
- Dayan Kai - Mandolin, Congas, and Vocals
- Steve Uccello – String Bass