The following groups and individuals have publicly endorsed the right to vote on desal and Yes on Measure P. Click here to add your endorsement.
Elected Officials – Present, Past, and Future
Santa Cruz City Council
2008 – present
Prior Terms: 1989-1992; 1992-1996; 1996-2000
Santa Cruz County Supervisor| 2003 – present
California Coastal Commission | 2009 -present
Five former Santa Cruz Mayors and a former County Supervisor have endorsed the right to vote on desal and Yes on Measure P. From left to right, Jane Weed, Tim Fitzmaurice, Gary Patton, Bruce Van Allen, Celia Scott, and Chris Krohn.
Keith Sugar, not pictured here, is another former Mayor of Santa Cruz who has endorsed Yes on P and the right to vote on desal.
City Council candidates Pleich, Posner, Pinheiro, and (Ph)usari - Yes on P
On September 27th, RTVOD2012 hosted a City Council Candidates’ Forum at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz to discuss water issues and Measure P.
The following candidates on the November ballot for Santa Cruz City Council have endorsed the right to vote on desal and Yes on Measure P.
Supports the right to vote on desal and Measure P, but perhaps not the Endangered Species Act. *
City Council Candidates Lane, Mathews, and Naroyan do not support Measure P or a guarantee of the people’s right to vote on desal. Click here to see their answers to our water issues questions and their failing scores.
Pleich, Posner, Pinheiro, and (Ph)usari – Yes on P
* On UCSC Expansion:
Candidates who support City compliance with the Endangered Species Act before approving any water to UCSC are, Steve Pleich, Micah Posner, Jake Fusari, and Cece Pinheiro. These candidates agreed with the statement, “It is wise to wait until the City understands how much it will need to reduce its water diversion from local streams before approving more water service for UCSC growth.” This reasonable stance means that the question of UCSC growth must wait until fish habitat and drought security issues are resolved.
Running for re-election is Don Lane, who is also a LAFCO Commissioner. Lane has not supported a proposed LAFCO condition that requires the City to comply with the Endangered Species Act to allow adequate stream flows for native salmon before UCSC gets any water for expansion. Lane said, “It is becoming unreasonable to tell UCSC to wait indefinitely.
You might want to say thank you to these local businesses for their endorsement of the right to vote on desal and Yes on Measure P by shopping there or using their services.
Otter 501 star Katie Pofahl supports the Right To Vote On Desal.
“I am particularly struck with the lack of water conservation outreach efforts and really appreciate your list of ideas for citizens’ conservation. I’ll be sure to add some of these to our Pinterest board on steps we can take to protect sea otters! Thanks for your effort to protect our watersheds and ocean. Best of luck and do let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!”
Katie outside the Nickelodeon after speaking and answering questions from the audience following a screening of Otter 501.
Katie releasing Otter 501.
Click here to listen to a radio interview of Otter 501 star Katie Pofahl and producer Mark Shelley talking about otters, kelp forests, and doing the right thing. To says thanks to Katie, become a friend and leave a message on the Otter 501 Facebook page.
Kyle Thiermann - Professional surfer and ambassador for Save the Waves.
“A desalination plant coming into Santa Cruz is a big deal. I think the decision should be put in the hands of Santa Cruz voters because we’re the ones who are going to be most affected by it.” -Kyle Thiermann
Click here to find out more about Kyle’s non-profit Surfing for Change and to listen to an interview of Kyle.
David Sweet – Producer and Host of Santa Cruz Community TV program Human Rights Here Now (HRHN)
HRHN #29 – Water as Human Right. Guests Bruce Van Allen, Ellen Murtha, and Rick Longinotti.
HRHN #37 – Activist Stories, a history of environmental activism in Santa Cruz. Guests Celia and Peter Scott.
Ever wonder how David knows so much? It might have something to do with the books. Click here to see David Sweet’s website.
John & Linda Aird – John is the Chairman for the Coalition to Limit University Expansion (CLUE)
James Bentley, retired Superintendent of Water Production, City of Santa Cruz
Bruce Bratton - Editor of Bratton Online
Keven Cook – BS Electrical Engineering from UC Davis, retired Network Test Engineer – Intel Corp.
Greg Cotten – BS Marine Biology from Texas A&M, Environmental Scientist
Nancy Elliott, past president, Santa Cruz County Chapter, SEIU Local 521 *
Doug and Robin Engfer
Tony & Charlotte Gaidos
Fred Geiger and Susan Martinez – Fred is a past vice-president of IBEW Local 234 *
Aldo & Joan Giacchino
Denise & Al Holbert
Rick Longinotti – founder of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives
Golden Love – Ecological Landscaping Association and the Central Coast Greywater Alliance. “This (Rain Barrel Program by the City of Oakland) is what an ecologically responsible city would do. Oakland is doing it, why not Santa Cruz?”
John McGuire – retired Associate Director, City of Santa Cruz Water Department
Nina Moore – Graphic artist for RTVOD2012.org and Yes on Measure P, and member of the Valley Women’s Club (of the San Lorenzo Valley) – Environmental Committee.
James Mulherin – Educator, Sociologist
David & Linda Murphy
Al Muse - 2011 World’s Disc Golf Distance Champion, Delavega Disc Golf Course, Santa Cruz
Gary & Marilyn Patton – Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Charlie & Betsy Phillips
Ron Pomerantz & Jane Weed-Pomerantz – Jane is a former Mayor of Santa Cruz
Dorah Rosen Shuey
Jack Schultz – Professional Engineer (PE) – Schultz Engineering, Santa Cruz
Southwest Region Representative, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) . Click here to listen to Jack discuss The Design and Operation of a Residential Potable Rainwater Catchment System from the Perspectives of the Designer, Builder, and Owner.
Bill Smallman – Lompico Water District
Jeffrey Smedberg, vice-president, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council *
Randa Solick – member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Dan Spelce & Yolanda Provoste
Curtis & Gail Swain
Jerry Weber & Sue Holt
Fred Yukic – Civil Engineer and President of Atlas Engineering Services. Atlas provides environmental consulting services to state, county, and local agencies, financial lending institutes, property managers and real estate developers, farmers, private and commercial property owners, industrial manufacturers, and landfill operators.
* Organization listed for identification purposes—does not imply organizational endorsement.