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recession, which many are climbing is over, but obviously is not. we need to pick people to work, -- put people to work, not do a study when scores of proposed desalinization projects in this country -- only one is going forward. that is because when environmentalists like myself come forward and make the case, we prove the case. this is not an environmental way to solve our water and global warming problems. vice president moran: mr. brooks? >> you would concede there is a need in the central valley for more water, correct? it does not fit the model you were referencing earlier. where is permeable pavement used today? >> it is a fairly new process. if you have been walking down
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the sidewalk, where we have trees in our sidewalk, and see those little square bricks that have replaced the cement, that is an example of permeable pavement. >> my dog loves that. >> right. it is an example of another environmental benefit of permeable pavement. it allows water to soak into the water table instead of running down into the ocean. as to the central valley, if they have issues, especially because agriculture is taking city drinking water in another direction, i think we all know agriculture still is not doing what it needs to do to conserve water. problems like that need to be handled in the regions where the problems are created. in agricultural areas, sometimes there is brackish water, we'll brackish water in a water table -- real brackish water in the
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water table, which could be used for water supply. that is not where san francisco is at. i do not understand why we would spend $200,000 on this one we could install permeable pavement with a handful of workers and give them some payment right now. vice president moran: next speaker. >> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is rick wong. i am from the santa clara valley water district, the project manager, representing the district on this project. i would like to give you a brief explanation why we have tried to pursue this project for ourselves. santa clara valley water district serves 1.8 million people in the county, and it relies on state water projects,
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and also had ceci water from your agency. -- hetch hetchy water from your agency. half of our water supply is coming from groundwater. while we are investing heavily in conservation and recycled water, and still project a water short file in 2013 -- shortfall in 2013. -- 2030. we think the salinization could be part of future water needs. we want to work with the other agencies. as they mentioned, we started since 2003. the district has committed resources along with four other agencies who are presenting
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their views in front of you. we ask you to continue to support this project, and to approve the funding necessary for yourself on this project. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is amara florence -- florez. i am the project manager for the bay area regional desalinization project, one of the partners. we support the regional approach to solving collective water management challenges. desalinization is an alternative worth fall consideration as a means to diversify our supplies
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to our customers in cities like more and dublin -- moore and dublin. we are committed to exploring the use of recycled water in our area. given our role as water research management -- resource management, we must evaluate all feasible possibilities to make well informed decisions for meeting the future needs of our community. we hope you continue to support this project. thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i am with bright line, and i want to join in asking that we do not fund the study. a lot of things have been said. i will add there is a good sense the plant will never get built. there is a reason they are not being built. commissioner torres talked about
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the need to address the underlying reasons why this is being studied. when you look at the studies from other counties like santa cruz, there are recent examples of jurisdictions that have studied these options for addressing the need for water desalinization and ruled it out. there are so many more ways to improve efficiency to accomplish what wants to be accomplished -- permeable sidewalk, as mr. brooks mentioned, and many other ways to improve the water we do have. i just want to say that if we spend this money we are going to end up with something i think we are never going to build. i think we will find the alternatives create more jobs, more careers, rather than a short-term build a plant and walk from it. i would like to say we are not going to build thiso the extente
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resources and put them toward something we are going to do in terms of water efficiency, and realize these additional benefits -- that is what i would be in favor of instead of the study. >> additional public comment? >> good afternoon, commissioners. thanks for the opportunity to address you. i work for s.p.u.r. as sustainable project director. our advisory board had a discussion of desalinization and the bay area. we invited the puc, pacific institute, and others to talk to us and help us think about what we should do, putting it desalinization in proper context. first, i am not here to support desalinization or building any
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specific facility. it would be too preliminary to adjudicate that, and it is not the question at hand. we are talking about a feasibility study that can answer the remaining questions about the impact and opportunities of this water treatment. we think it is a responsible thing to do. not just that. it is good planning. we support the continued study of feasibility for desalinization at the east contra costa site. this seems like it has been a bargain, with the grant funding as well as a great deal of regional cooperation and funding put together for this project, which in and of itself is a worthy pursuit, as other countries have mentioned. with 2 million more people moving to the area by 2040, we are going to need more water supply in the future. where are we going to get them? we need to know the alternatives in order to have that
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discussion. even in the retail area, it is true demand in california is going down, as it is here. we have a significant projected shortfall when we expect more people to be living in the bay area, competing for the same supply. we need to consider the options on the table for how to source of water, especially given the uncertain trajectory of climate change on water supply. this kind of evaluation was recommended in our recent study on planning for climate change adaptation. we actually recommended in the report that bay area water suppliers a value with alternative options and the band management strategies, including conservation, recycled water, and others, in order to prioritize cost, reliability, and environmental for actors. we specifically included desalinization because of its
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invulnerability to drought, but we need to know the potential cost and benefit. there will be trade-offs on environmental benefits and revenues. that is true for desalinization, delta water, or diverting a river. we need to know what we are dealing with to make informed choices. continuing and completing the study is not picking a winner right now. we urge you to look at all possible water supplies as part of good planning. that is what we are here to support. thank you. vice president moran: thank you. is there any additional public comment? >> commissioners, what is your pleasure? commissioner courtney: not only
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did i find it compelling, but i appreciated everybody who showed up. the conversation enlightened me on a few different issues. i am hoping we can send a strong signal. while i take mr. brooks's comments to heart, i want to apply that kind of evaluation a little bit differently. rather than balancing the value of applying to hundreds thousand dollars to a continuation -- $200,000 to a continuation of a study about which our partners are enthusiastic, balancing that with doing other things which would employ workers, which i made no secret that i represent workers -- i hope we would continue in the direction of
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studying the merits of the salinization, creating opportunities for the public, the stakeholders, staff, and everybody else to give us an exhaustive report. frankly, i do not disagree with mr. brooks. once we have that data available to us, that report, those recommendations, and everybody's collaborative efforts, that will give us an opportunity -- certainly me, because i represent workers -- to evaluate whether it is beneficial to us to go ahead and build. we do like to build things, right? to go ahead and build it or find another way to engage in the conservation we know is necessary while we employ workers. it is all about jobs. i definitely wanted to thank you, mr. brooks, for talking
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about workers and jobs. i think we just have a slight disagreement about when we balance those interests. i am prepared, as we sit here now, to move forward with the staff recommendation. vice president moran: is that a motion? commissioner courtney: so moved. commissioner caen: i will second. commissioner torres: i have a suggested wording change, if the commissioner would entertain that. in the fourth whereas, it talks about the puc interest in exporting gallons per day, it's a truck after the word needs, i would recommend putting in the phrase -- of its retail and wholesale customers. this is not just for the city
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itself. to get that on the record i think is a good idea. vice president moran: that is an amendment. do i have a motion for the amendment? and a second? discussion on the amendment? on the amendment, all those in favor? opposed? thank you. on the motion as amended? all those in favor? ok. call the roll. vice president moran: aye. commissioner caen: aye. commissioner torres: no. commissioner courtney: aye. >> the motion passes 3-1. vice president moran: next item, please. >> the next item will be hour closed session.
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i will invite any public comment on closed session items, if there is any. vice president moran: do we have public comment on closed session items? there are none. >> could you entertain a motion to deal with the items listed below? threat to public services or facilities, consultation with agency chief of security, and conference with legal counsel about property settlements in a san francisco superior court case, 436930, filed january 31, 2005. is there such a motion? vice president moran: moved and seconded. the motion carries. >> we will now go into a closed session.
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