Pro-Desal Group Asks Court to Scrap Lawsuit
May 17, 2011
A lawsuit challenging the Regional Desalination Project will unfairly hurt the region's low-income Latino families, according to a May 10 letter from former Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio to the California Supreme Court.
Rubio writes the letter on behalf of the Seaside-based "waterWATCH coalition" [sic], a group of mostly Latino and black community leaders in support of the Regional Project.
He estimates that up to a third of the Peninsula's 44,000 hospitality workers, many of whom are Latino, will lose their jobs if a new water source is not online by 2016, the deadline for California American Water to reduce Carmel River pumping by 70 percent.
"Massive job displacement of the type described here will impact Monterey County's Latino population disproportionately," Rubio writes.
The coalition asks the court to grant Marina Coast Water District's request to transfer the case back to the court of appeals, and allow authorities to proceed with the Regional Desalination Project.