More Water Needed in South County Reservoirs

March 15, 2016

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High water doesn’t last long on the volatile Nacimiento River

News of reservoirs reaching capacity has been coming in from around Northern and Central California this week but, for the Salinas Valley, water remains a problem.

As of this morning, the San Antonio Reservoir holds a measly 18,875 acre feet of water. That’s just 6% of capacity and more than 4,000 acre feet less than what’s considered to be its “minimum pool.” Since the lake hit its all-time low of 10,254 acre feet at the beginning of the year, El Niño rains have added less than 9,000 acre feet to storage. And there isn’t a lot of rainy season left. Read the rest of this entry »


Up Against the Wall: Steelhead and the Carmel Lagoon Ecosystem Protective Barrier

February 9, 2015

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The Carmel River Lagoon in 1947 (Laidlaw Williams photo)

There’s been some uproar lately over the plan to build a flood barrier in the Carmel River Lagoon and people have been asking on social media and elsewhere why anyone would propose to place such an assumed-to-be-ugly wall along the northern margin of such a beautiful wetland. A better question may be whether we can find a way to live our lives that doesn’t prevent steelhead from living at all. Either way, it’s a long story… 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 »


Castles in the Sand – Sand City’s Idiotic Drive to Build on a Vanishing Beach

February 6, 2008

While most Monterey County cities are desperately looking for ways to build up their commercial base (the only way to raise the revenue needed to provide vital services to their residents), Sand City, with its acres of parking lots and big box stores and only a handful of actual residents, is more of a commercial base in search of a population to support. Read the rest of this entry »