Who would have guessed that East Palo Alto would be the first local city council to actually do something about the drought's long term consequences and halt development? A Mercury News article that starts with
A water crisis three decades in the making came to a head this week when East Palo Alto's City Council imposed a moratorium on development until the city can increase its historically meager water supply.
Goes on to say
An affordable housing project owned by the city did not make the cut, nor did 11 other developments that had recently submitted applications to build in East Palo Alto. Many of those developers showed up at Tuesday's meeting to voice their displeasure.
"We only found out about this last Thursday," said Jeff Major, a vice president and investment officer with Prologis, a real estate company that last month submitted a development proposal for an industrial building in the Ravenswood district of East Palo Alto.
You can click through to read up on the way Hetch Hetchy water was allocated back in 1984 along with the politically correct complaining about it, but the bottom line which should be read by every local city council and county board of supes is
Until it finds a water solution, East Palo Alto is halting development, despite builders' objections. Because of the lack of water, "in effect, we've had a de facto moratorium," said Charpentier. "Processing (development) agreements without proof of water feels like driving toward a cliff."
Right on. Instead of worrying about sea level rise 50 years ago, how about taking action about the woeful lack of any water plan right now?