SEND AN EMAIL TO LAFCO firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTEND THE LAFCO MEETING ON DEC 5 at 9:30am. County Building 5th floor, 901 Ocean St., corner Water St.
Spread the word! Download and post the poster at left.
The roadblock to UCSC expansion into 240 acres of UC Nature Preserve is a little known government agency known as LAFCO: Local Agency Formation Commission. California legislation set up LAFCO’s in each county in the 1960’s as a way to prevent urban sprawl. UCSC’s planned expansion into undeveloped forest is exactly the kind of sprawl LAFCO was set up to regulate.
LAFCO’s policy is that no water service boundaries can be extended without an adequate water supply. The Environmental Impact Report and federal and state fisheries agencies have made it clear that Santa Cruz does not have an adequate water supply. The National Marine Fisheries Service wrote to LAFCO, “It does not appear that current water supplies are sufficient to meet demand and protect listed salmonids, let alone allow for increased demands resulting from expansion of the City’s service area.” [emphasis in original]
Previous votes of LAFCO Commissioners, Don Lane, Mayor of Santa Cruz, and Neal Coonerty, County Supervisor, have indicated a willingness to approve the UCSC application for water service extension despite the inadequate water supply. Lane and Coonerty may have reasoned that a desalination plant will resolve the inadequate water supply. With the 71% voter approval of Measure P (no desal without a vote of the people), the future of the desalination plant is in doubt. These LAFCO Commissioners can no longer look to desal to resolve the water shortage.
We need to let LAFCO Commissioners know that we support their policy of no water service extensions without an adequate water supply. And if any Commissioners are thinking that the greater public good would be served by making an exception to that policy and approving the UCSC application, we need to demonstrate that whatever goals may be achieved by campus expansion into the Nature Reserve, it is not worth the cost to the forest, the salmon and steelhead, nor existing water customers affected by increased demands on an inadequate water supply.
Please write an email to LAFCO, email@example.com expressing your support for protecting the Nature Reserve and native salmon. A sample letter is below. Brief is good—the main goal is to show that we are paying attention to their decision.
Dear LAFCO Commissioners,
I support your policy of no water service extensions without an adequate water supply. Please do not make an exception to this policy in the case of the UCSC application. There are many ways that the UC system can accomplish its educational goals without adding further stress to endangered species or developing a valuable portion of the Nature Reserve.