East of Eden

February 25, 2013

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Size Matters: The Consequences of Building a Bigger Water Project

February 15, 2013

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The Carmel River

“Proponents of a new dam are fond of saying that we should not use water supply to control growth. Yet any dam proposal implies strong pro-growth policy, in the assumption that there will be new customers to pay for the dam.”  – Water Board Candidate, Dr. John Williams, 1978.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The dam may be dead, but Dr. Williams’ 35-year-old warning, that building a water project larger, and more expensive, than needed by current residents places supervisors and city councils under pressure to approve development, remains as relevant as ever. Not to mention the fact that, even if plenty of new development is actually built – a thing which, following the economic downturn, we should all realize is by no means certain – these plans still seem to always leave current residents picking up more than their share of the cost. Read the rest of this entry »


Heroes & Hypocrisy: The Naming of Tiburcio Vásquez Elementary School

February 3, 2013

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Tiburcio Vásquez 1835 – 1875

It’s been almost two months since the Alisal School Board voted to name a new elementary school after Tiburcio Vásquez and, rather than dying down, outrage over the choice (fanned by headlines like “Officials Defend Decision to Name School After Murderer”) only seems to be growing. Concerned commentators and citizens declare themselves saddened and perplexed that school officials would hold out a gangster and criminal as a role-model for Alisal’s overwhelmingly Latino children. There are even attempts being made to strip the Alisal School Board (democratically elected by the Alisal community) of their power to determine the name. Read the rest of this entry »