We had several pieces that helped readers interpret the mess that is Peninsula water politics, and we published numerous contributed commentaries that cleared up misunderstandings about inclusionary housing, land use, transportation issues and other topics.Regular contributors included Bill Hood, Jim Toy, Jane Haines, George Riley, Joe Livernois, Bill Mc Crone, Glenn Robinson and Celeste Akkad, all writing about important topics.To the greatest extent possible, the Voices report will be bilingual.
As you may have heard, I have sort of jumped ship from the Partisan to the new journalistic operation in town, Voices of Monterey Bay. Time truly does condense as we grow into our crotchety years. Either way, the Partisan is nearing its last fight and its last typo.
My first piece for VOMB is in today’s edition, and you can find it right here. But, and it is a big but, there is cause for celebration because the Partisan’s impending fadeout is precipitated by the advent of something bigger and better.
Set in the far south of the Mediterranean, Cyprus has one of the best climates in Europe.
Blue skies come as standard, and the island sees a massive 340 days of sunshine a year.
So, it still floats around in cyberspace in case it needs to be called into action from time to time. 7, a paid commentary by the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses argued for a larger desalination plant and claimed that “most recent local water savings has (sic) come from initiatives undertaken by commercial businesses.” Somehow residential conservation was overlooked, which did not endear the coalition to many local ratepayers. 16, the Mayors’ Water Authority meets with the Peninsula Water Management District at p.m. The mayors voted 4 – 2 to not discuss the community opinion of Cal Am. They need an excuse to explain to the state water board why the cease-and-desist order regarding Carmel River water needs another modification, or why Cal Am cannot get it right, or why “they” cannot get it right. You’ll want to read about the details at the Voices site but here’s the Readers’ Digest version.
But Voices is more like the real deal, involving significantly more attention and effort than one cranky old journalist could ever provide. It, too, is a labor of love, a public service, an earnest effort to fill some of the widening gaps in local journalism. But those who call it anything cannot deny this fact: Cal Am is a monopoly using Peninsula water as a cash cow. It is who is the ostrich refusing to see the obvious. During the Measure O campaign in 2014, Cal Am and the others expressed confidence that a new supply was close at hand. Public Water Now is the largest ratepayer advocate community organization on the Peninsula. The Herald, the business coalition and the mayors’ authority Business Coalition, Mayors Authority, all do not seem distracted. It is the brainchild of former Monterey County Weekly Editor Mary Duan, former Monterey Herald reporter Julie Reynolds Martinez and Joe Livernois, who preceded me as editor of the Herald.
Don’t get me started about what isn’t covered in the Herald anymore.
The Weekly is fast becoming the dominant source of print news locally and, one can hope, it will continue to grow into that role. I’m very proud of the number of community contributions to the report and those many wonderful essays on politics and dachsunds by Larry Parsons.
I also loved all those checks that wound up in my mailbox. I hope we have occasionally enlightened and entertained.