New Watsonville High School
Water Use Balance
Highway 1 Widening
Regional, Proactive Solutions
Local Diverse Economy
Assemblyman Keeley's Park Bond
Unified Mobile Home Rent Control
Important Questions for Candidate Deitch:
Q. Doug, what is the most pressing issue in the county today?
A: Although I would normally and emphatically answer "WATER!" to this question, my
answer must instead be Coastal Commission approval early next year of the new high
school in Watsonville. No other need is more compelling countywide. Already almost ten
years in the planning, the new school cannot be growth inducing as the need is so
overdue that the new high school will be filled the moment it is opened. The concept of
juvenile justice extends beyond juvenile hall and the courts and requires that we, as a
community, provide the very best in educational, cultural, and recreational opportunity
and facilities for youth countywide. If nothing else, it is too expensive in the long run to
do otherwise. As co-chair of a curriculum development committee for the new high
school, I am dedicated to the proposition that the new school approved on this environmentally sensitive site at Lee and Harkins Slough Roads will, through an
integrated, prototypical, and replicable curriculum, in fact provide exemplary stewardship of this wetlands system and sensitive environment on the site. I
solicit any and all support for this project. Please call me in this regard. I consider this a perfect
example of how I will seek to achieve a balance between our valuable environmental
resources and the compelling needs of our community.
Q. OK, Water?
A: Agricultural overuse of our groundwater resource, which accounts for over 80% of
demand, is too costly. On a countywide basis we are using around twice as much water
as is sustainable (almost three times as much in Pajaro, by far the largest user). The
conversion of around 8,000 of the 30,000 ag acres from orchards to water intensive
production uses around four times the water and labor and is essentially the cause of
the problem. In addition to permanent and massive salt water intrusion and nitrate
contamination problems, this overuse has other costs. Additional costs include around
6,000 more migrant laborers here (and their housing, social services, schools for their
children-eg. 6,000 of 20,000 PVUSD children are migrant) to service these ag lands.
The costs are too great. We are exceeding the natural carrying capacity of our groundwaters and lands through this, now, overproduction. We must establish a model
which sustains itself within our ample means, waterwise, and MUST NEVER BE DEPENDENT ON IMPORTED WATER. We don't have to.
Q How about Hiway 1 widening.
A: I believe Hiway 1 must now be widened on at least some limited basis. Although I
would prefer some type of transportation system (and hope to help establish one here
sometime in our future-I've recently seen some very interesting alternatives), the
need, unfortunately, is here now. Additionally, I do not adhere to the argument that
another lane will be "traffic growth inducing". Where will the additionally "growth
induced traffic" be going? Measure J prevents urban sprawl between Aptos and Watsonville, and we are approaching buildout elsewhere. (Check back here soon.
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