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August 18, 2016

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Joe

Not sure about this:

As communities consider creative ways to generate funds for affordable housing goals, San Mateo and Foster City are preparing to have commercial developers chip in.

Both city councils met Monday night to consider rules requiring those who construct new hotels, office, retail or restaurant space to pay linkage fees intended to offset their impact on the community’s low-income housing needs.

Both San Mateo and Foster City are part of the countywide 21 Elements Nexus Study, which was sparked in response to the region’s affordability crisis and examined the connection between new construction and housing demands.

- See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2016-08-19/san-mateo-foster-city-consider-housing-fees-commercial-linkage-fees-to-benefit-affordability-goals/1776425166903.html#sthash.2fuBYu6V.dpuf

How about a fee to go into a water investment instead of building more so-called "affordable housing" that drives even more water demand?

Sir Paul

Lowes have a 2500 gallon plastic water tank avalible for about $1000.Can be stored in your back yard an connected to the rain gutter during the rainy season thus enabling the water to be used during the summer months for lawn an plants etc.(2)The old fashion method of placing a permanent water bore into the ground that can be placed by way using a water divine or dowsning method to locate existing streams an water tables that exist under our city.(3)Maybe the city needs to think about building a desalination plant along Bayshore Blvd for a permanent solution an helping rising sea levels for generations to come.

Joe

Big Surprise:

Californians’ water conservation dropped to less than 18 percent in August, well below the savings rate from a year earlier, causing alarm among drought regulators about water usage.

The 17.7 percent savings compared with a 27 percent savings rate achieved in August 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday. Savings rates are measured against water usage in 2013.

Put another way, water consumption rose by about 9 percent in August compared with the year before.

The August results marked the third straight month in which water conservation slipped compared with a year earlier. The July savings rate was 20 percent, compared to 31 percent in 2015. In June, Californians cut water usage by 21 percent compared to the 2013 baseline, vs. 28 percent the year before.

Now state officials are openly worrying that the relaxed standards might be backfiring as the prospects for a rainy winter remain uncertain.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article106155332.html#storylink=cpy

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