There’s a likelihood that de-salt-ed water from the ocean has actually streamed through your faucets, a testimony to innovation and the influence of the folks behind Carlsbad’s prominent new desalination plant.
So why are folks still discussing the benefits of the plant?
As our Ry Rivard reports, at least 3 other comparable plants remain in the works, and their fate depends in big part on whether the Carlsbad task is a success. And why would not it be? Well, Rivard writes, “the desalination process is energy-intensive and its water is currently far more costly than our other water materials.” Even so, “the San Diego County Water Authority has dedicated to buying water from the plant’s private developer and owner for three years, whether the water is required or not.”
Another thing is clear: “Existing desalination innovation does not seem likely to on its own resolve Southern California’s water issues.”
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Politics Roundup: Chamber States Yes on Measure A
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, where previous Mayor Jerry Sanders works as president and CEO, has supporteded Step A, which would hike the sales tax in the county by a half-penny to pay for transport fixes and building, among other things.
The move shows a rift of sorts among conservatives in the county. Mayor Kevin Faulconer opposes the procedure. (City News Service).
– The city may need to pay millions of dollars in fines over a January sewage spill. (NBC 7).
– The California gnatcatcher won’t disappear from the threatened species list, KPBS reports. “The California Building Market Association and others asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove federal securities because the gray songbird is not a valid subspecies. The petition argued the California gnatcatcher is carefully related to another gnatcatcher that abounds in Baja California, Mexico.”.
North Park Dad’s Good-School Journey.
On a site called Fatherly, North Park dad Andy Hinds blogs about how a local group of moms and dads– Worried Hipster Parents, to be exact– decided to not opt out of sending their kids to Jefferson Elementary, a regional school with a mostly poor and minority student body, and just-OK test scores. How ‘d it go? “The truth is, we couldn’t be happier,” Hinds composes. “Our kids are finding out the things they are supposed to be finding out, and they love their teachers (as do my spouse and I).”.
Hinds also appeared in a recent VOSD story about the impact of gentrification and altering communities on area schools.
Judge Is reluctant on Ballot Bid.
A San Diego “judge ruled that a former NPR manufacturer who had a distressing brain injury has thus far failed to show he is certified to vote in spite of a brand-new state law that makes it simpler for individuals with developmental disabilities to keep and bring back the right to cast a ballot,” the AP reports. However the judge might still let the male vote if his caretaker can show that he wants to vote.
– Procedures have started in the civil trial that pits fired San Diego State University’s ladies’s basketball coach Beth Burns versus the university. According to CBS 8, she asserts “she was fired in retaliation for demanding equivalent treatment of women’s sports programs. Nevertheless, school officials declare it was since she struck an assistant coach.”.
Opinion: Stop the Housing Charade.
In a VOSD commentary, metropolitan designer Howard Blackson takes goal at the presumption that regional strategies have local real estate development handled over the next few years. “The status quo is not conserving us. It’s time to stop being sanguine about our strategies, lest we experience a Bay Area-esque housing calamity,” he composes.
Blackson states neighborhoods in the city’s urbanized core– “from University City in the north, to College Area in the east, west to the beaches, and through Southeastern San Diego and Encanto”– need to take in more individuals. “In 2015, San Diego built approximately 6,000 new houses. Let’s increase that number to 9,000 homes annually, with the additional 3,000 houses all focused in our older, metropolitan neighborhoods that are close to transit, tasks and the city’s amenities. If we succeed, we would have increased our housing supply by 15,000 systems.”.
Viewpoint: Flag Down on Measure C.
Tim O’Reiley, a retired paper reporter who resides in Objective Hills, slams the downtown San Diego football stadium plan– Step C– in a VOSD commentary. Build up all the weaknesses in the procedure, he composes, and it benefits Chargers chairman Dean Spanos: “you have the biggest nothing in San Diego history: taxpayers, $1.1 billion; Spanos, $0. Spanos wins.”.
Culture Report: Intimate Check out Black Fatherhood.
Today’s VOSD Culture Report, our take a look at all things creative, starts with regional hip-hop artist Beleaf Melanin, who’s been chronicling his life as a stay-at-home dad by means of YouTube. “People get to see black individuals being normal,” he informs us. “It demystifies everything they see in the media and everything that’s being pressed in front of them from their pals on Facebook.”.
Also in the Culture Report: the departure of a Balboa Park icon, an unusual partnership for San Diego Opera’s scenic studio team, brand-new offices in Barrio Logan for Comic-Con employee and a “clean food” restaurant.
Quick News Hits: City Makes Tracks Toward Tracking.
– A regional drugmaker says his business is trying to produce a much-cheaper EpiPen (which deals with emergency situation allergic reaction attacks) than the variations on the market whose prices have increased, prompting cries of price-gouging. Mark Baum of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals informs CNN that he believe his EpiPen will cost less than $100 compared with the $600-plus variation. Can he do it? In 2015, his business “released a $1 option to Daraprim, the AIDS drug that over night saw an unbelievable 5,000% price boost from the company led by the notorious Martin Shkreli.”.
– A coalition of governments prepares to ask 200,000 local citizens to participate in a transportation survey and download an app that will track them when they travel. Those who concur will get a $20 gift card. (U-T).
Hmm. Privacy and privacy are guaranteed, but do we really desire government types keeping an eye on where we go every day?
Honest, Mr. Mayor, I only went to that Baskin-Robbins three times on a hot summer season afternoon because I was looking into ice cream costs!
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. He is also a board member and ex-national president of the 1,200-member American Society of Reporters and Authors (asja.org). Please contact him straight at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
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