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March 02, 2021



Here is at least one guy who appears to get it.

Plans to redevelop an historic union gathering hall into a 120-unit condominium building near the Millbrae train station received support from officials who put it on a path to final approval by the Burlingame City Council.

Commissioner Michael Gaul concurred, but said he would like to see a study of the city’s water supply that he expected would be constrained by the uptick in development throughout Burlingame.



Plans afoot to build on Mercy Center property? Chaos ensues...

Everything's Jake

I'm sure our astute governor has a plan to collect and/or conserve water in our declining state [that was sarcasm]!


Yes, the high speed rail can carry water from Fresno to all new housing built near rail stations. No need to build pipelines. Just clean green buckets from station to home.


On the topic of SoCal desalinization:

Often the value of a plan or project can best be judged by its opposition. In the case of the proposed Poseidon desalination plant in Huntington Beach, the forces lined up against it are clear indicators that it’s a worthwhile enterprise.

The Sierra Club calls the plant “rather pathetic,” “the most expensive and environmentally damaging way to secure Orange County’s future water supply.”

A research paper co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the California Coastkeeper Alliance, the California Coast Protection Network, and several other groups says that “given the significant energy, climate, and financial costs of desalination, California should prioritize water conservation, water use efficiency, stormwater capture, wastewater recycling, and renewably powered groundwater desalination.”

In favor of the $1.4 billion plant, almost but not quite unexpectedly, is Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some argue his support is of no worth because the birthday party he attended at a Napa Valley restaurant last fall at the same time he had told Californians to stay home was for a Poseidon lobbyist. (Ed: Who knew???)

Turning ocean brine into clean drinking water is not science fiction. Roughly 60 miles south of Huntington Beach, the Claude “Bud” Lewis desalination plant in Carlsbad has been producing potable water for five years. At a cost of roughly $1 billion, it churns out about 50 million gallons a day, “providing more than 7% of San Diego County’s water,” California journalist Steven Greenhut wrote last year in “Winning the Water Wars.”

It’s just one of 11 desalination plants in the state. Ten more have been planned.



Too bad the Lawn Be Gone people do not understand it means Trees Be Gone too.


One of my Burlingame Voice friends told me that someone died by a tree failure in Burlingame recently. I hope not.
What happened with the "Settlement" regarding the Tree Failure in Washington Park? Someone died there too. Very Sad.


Three weeks after the original post, the spigot is being tightened by the state. Oroville is at half of "normal" and Shasta is at two-thirds. SFPUC is claiming we have "enough supply to weather a few more dry years". I added the Comicle headline today.


I won't bother to add the Front Page Headline in today's Comicle about the drought. Today is the day they measure the "peak snowpack" in the Sierra and the expectation is 60% of normal--second year in a row well below normal. And there is this:


Do you think anyone "beginning the housing discussion in San Mateo" might ask where the water will come from????



I take the SF Comicle for the comedy of it all. It's a comedy of errors most of the time. Thursday's edition was another piece of work. On page A5 we got a rehash of all the drought news you have already heard here and elsewhere. We're in a Megadrought that started in 1999. The reservoirs are low. Two-thirds of the West is in drought affecting 74 million people. Etc. Etc. Etc. It sounds serious and there is no solution in sight. Got it.

Then you flip to page A14 and the editorial headline reads "The uphill battle to build housing". More of the same crap the Comicle clowns publish regularly. We have "anemic housing production" which is a "continuing indictment of California housing policy". Assemblyman David Chiu--bound and determined to mess up the whole state instead of doing something about his own disastrous SF district, wants to "cajole housing-averse cities into meeting the state's meticulously formulated but broadly ignored housing goals by tying some funding to their progress". What an idiot. I have a thought about where Chiu can put his Blood Money. When the state goes thirsty, I hope his neighborhood is the thirstiest.

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