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Water Weekly 3: Erin Brockovich moving to Michigan?

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Your Wake-Up Call, Ms. Brockovich!

The town of Hinkley, made famous when Julia Roberts played crusading almost-a-lawyer Erin Brockvich, was sadly back in the news this week when the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board reported the notorious PG&E chromium 6 plume was back. It’s bad stuff, for sure, but let’s at least try to report the facts and not get into cancer-causing hysterics.  PG&E responded wisely, offering to purchase homes in affected areas – a pretty cheap solution, given Hinkley home prices.

Read the Regional Board’s “talking point” document

Read a typical “cancer causing” media over-statement

From EPA, the health effects facts – see page 5

Water Torture?

In Mackinac, Michigan – home of this news item – it’s 34 degrees at 1 p.m., with snow in the forecast.  We tell you this because the Mackinac Center for Public Policy said this week that California manufacturers should move to Michigan because of the state’s abundant water.  Not to mention its plentiful snow, sleet, slush and ice.  But they have a point. As long as California ignores its increasingly tenuous water infrastructure, a reliable water supply should be on every business’ wish list.  But we’d pick someplace warmer – Charlotte’s awfully nice.

Read the cold facts from the Mackinac Center

Maybe It’ll Go Away If We Ignore It …

Have you seen any politicians on the soap box for tax, fee or rate increases lately?  We didn’t think so. That’s the case in Oceanside, where the City Council decided to delay a decision on water and sewer rate increases.  Oops!  It turns out the decision, made on Nov. 3, has already cost the city over $500,000.  Things are even worse in the Central Coast town of Oceano (Bad times to have “Ocean” in your city’s name, eh?), where finances are so bad they’re thinking about selling their water – even if it means questionable supply reliability.

Read about Oceanside’s “Oops!” here

Read about Oceano’s “Yikes!” here

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