As you may know, Southern California will eventually face a water crisis. Excessive use of water by agriculture, industry, and residential communities deplete our groundwater faster than it can recharge. Furthermore, issues with water imported from the Sacramento delta and the Colorado River combine to exacerbate the situation; and the current dry winters only add to the existing problem.
Is desalination a viable alternative for supplying water for our thirsty economy and lifestyle?
A publicly funded, private desalination plant has been proposed for Huntington Beach by Poseidon Resources. If allowed, this would be the largest facility of its type in North America. Is this plan technologically, fiscally, and environmentally responsible? What are the costs? How will energy be provided to operate the facility? What happens to marine life in the short- and long term?
What are the major issues facing the OC today? Orange County Supervisors Chair Shawn Nelson will answer this and other questions at a free public forum Monday, Nov. 18 presented by Neighbors United for Fullerton (NUFF) in the Osborne Room of the Fullerton Public Library, 353 West Commonwealth, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.
Nelson, elected to the OC Board of Supervisors in 2010, will offer insights on countywide challenges, how the county government is responding, and what lies ahead. Following his presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions related to the topics.
A longtime Fullerton resident, Supervisor Nelson served on the Fullerton City Council from 2002 to 2010, serving twice as Mayor, and has been active in numerous civic and youth athletics organizations. In his capacity as Supervisor, he is also a member of the audit oversight committee (Chair), Orange County Transportation Authority (Vice-Chair), Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), Orange County Council of Governments, Orange County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, Southern California Water Committee and the Transportation Corridor Agency.
Supervisor Nelson has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal restraint and accountability, and he has written about his interest in improving transportation options, notably bikeways in our district. He has expressed concerns about High Speed Rail and has opposed implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Superintendent Robert Pletka of Fullerton School District and Superintendent George Giokaris of Fullerton Joint Union High School District will be presenting on the state of schools in the Fullerton School District and Fullerton Joint Union High School District.
Come learn about the state of Fullerton’s schools and Common Core tests to be introduce in the 2013-2014 school year and other topics regarding Fullerton elementary, junior high schools and high schools.