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Re: [Vision2020MenloPark] The Use of Public Water sources for Private Use

From: domainremoved <Charlie>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:30:28 -0400

Well said, all of you.

Charlie Bourne
1619 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth Houck elhouck_at_(domainremoved)
To: vision2020menlopark <Vision2020MenloPark_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: MenloParkCouncil <city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 3:32 pm
Subject: Re: [Vision2020MenloPark] The Use of Public Water sources for Private Use


Well said Martin, however, Staff is just as culpable as the Country Club - they now want to put it in Lyle Park... not zoned Conservation Open Space.

Staff needs the water the Country Club will give up out of the water district to water all the El Camino Specific Plan development...

Again, well said and thank you.


On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM, Martin Engel martinengel_at_(domainremoved)

If you believe that Climate Change is a real and serious if not crisis issue -- as I do -- and that California is in the grip of a major water shortage for agriculture, industry and residential use, then you have no choice but to reject the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club's request to seek water from the aquifier by drilling in Nealon Park.

Nealon Park is public. That is, it is the property of all of us taxpayers. The Golf Club is a private organization. If we allow drilling for water, shouldn't we also allow drilling for oil, or fracking for natural gas for private consumption in Nealon Park? What's the difference?

Golf courses are many acres of grass, which we all know by now has highly water-intensive demands. At the same time, we all are being asked to reduce our water consumption, including reducing the watering of our individual lawns. Why are private golf courses a higher priority than every person's garden and lawn? Indeed, we are all being urged to remove our lawns and replace them with very low water-use vegetation, or gravel.

Do you not see the irony, the hypocracy and the gross unfairness in the Sharon Heights' Club request?

California's historically worst drought ever highlights the arrogance of the demand upon a severely shrinking state aquifer for purposes of private golf course watering.

Reject this Sharon Heights request and provide a scolding for the golf club's flagrant abuse of critical state water shortages.


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