Some question McCloud’s Squaw Valley Creek study

By Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta Area Newspapers
Posted Nov 02, 2011 @ 10:15 AM
Last update Nov 02, 2011 @ 02:21 PM

McCloud, Calif. — Now that a study on the Squaw Valley Creek watershed is complete, members of the McCloud Community Services District and California Trout hope they can keep some of its sensors up and running.

“If we can continue the study, we’d learn more about stream flow,” said Curtis Knight of Cal Trout. “The more information we have, the better.”

In a press release from Nestle Waters North America, who funded the approximately $1 million study after the company halted plans to build a bottling plant in McCloud, the company could have taken as much as 3.2 cubic feet per second of water from the creek without diminishing water quality or harming the ecosystem.

Some in the community, however, believe the study isn’t entirely conclusive because the water diversion study was only conducted over six weeks. (The entire study took two years to complete.) MCSD board member Diane Lowe still believes such water extraction would have negatively impacted the area.   Continue reading

Crystal Geyser cancels plans for Orland bottling plant

By HEATHER HACKING Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2011 10:49:13 AM PST
ORLAND – Plans for a Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water Company bottling plant in Orland have been withdrawn.
The company had planned to build a facility at the edge of town, but faced opposition from many citizens who said it wasn’t a good fit for a variety of reasons.
The most vocal opposition was from a group named Save Our Water Resources, which cited traffic, noise, groundwater quality, pollution and storm water and sewer impacts.
Two lawsuits were filed, stating proper procedures were not followed by the city under California Environmental Quality Act guidelines. In August a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the water company needed to go back and conduct an initial study, and after that, it would be decided if a full environmental review was needed.
The water company, in a statement on its website today, crystalgeyserorland.com, stated that the company was impressed by the pool of applicants who had inquired about jobs.
But due to the “uncertain timing of completion of a new Orland plan and the open-ended nature of ongoing legal expenses, it would be best for the company to locate our new facilities in another area.”
The plans for the bottling plant had been in the works for more than two years.

Are Greedy Water Bottlers Siphoning Your City’s Drinking Water?

Monday 22 March 2010     Tara Lohan  |  AlterNet

It took six years for residents of tiny McCloud, California, to give Nestle Waters North America its walking papers. The water bottler had hoped to build a 1 million square-foot facility in the town of less than 2,000 and was given a backroom 50-year contract (renewable for an additional 50 years) to annually take 1,250 gallons per minute of delicious spring water from the town, hunkered in the shadow of Mount Shasta, and unlimited groundwater. But after years of opposition from community and environmental groups, Nestle scrapped its plans and left with its tail between its legs. Continue reading

Nestlé Waters appeal filed (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento Press, Nov. 24, 2009

Save Our Water Sacramento filed an administrative appeal involving the Nestlé water-bottling plant on Monday, Nov. 23.

Davis attorney Don Mooney has agreed to take the case if the issue goes to court. Mooney represented McCloud residents in their six-year fight against a Nestlé Waters North America water-bottling plant near Mt. Shasta. The company abandoned plans for the plant in September.
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Nestlé’s Backroom Deal? (Sacramento, CA)

Part II- Nestlé at the City Council: Public Discussion or Backroom Deal?
by Evan Tucker, Sacramento Press, November 18, 2009

Who is to Blame?
Nestlé was recruited by the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization and the Economic Development Department, one of a series of bad projects they have brought here that include the municipal waste burning incinerator and the natural gas storage facility beneath homes in South Sacramento.

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Revolving-door syndrome (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento News & Review Editorial, Nov. 16, 2009

It wasn’t all that surprising when one of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief volunteer advisers, Michelle Smira, announced a few weeks back that she’d be leaving her city post to work on behalf of Johnson’s “strong mayor” campaign.  Smira, who runs a public-relations business called MMS Strategies, sent her resignation to the mayor to formalize her decision, but she also wrote that she looks forward to working for Johnson again “at a later date.”  OK, no big deal. It stands to reason that accomplished staff volunteers might become candidates for job offers from those they served well.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. Heads turned three days later when it was revealed that Smira had also taken a job working as a consultant for Nestlé Waters, the giant water-bottling company now building a bottling plant in south Sacramento.

So, uh … wait a minute.

There’s little doubt that Smira got the Nestlé job at least partially based on her political connections to the mayor. (Interestingly, he’s the one who greenlighted the water plant without a public hearing.) Like lobbyists, public-relations professionals use their connections to help them produce results for whoever they work for. That’s how it works.

But it’s weird to have key staffers (even volunteer ones) consider moving in and out of local public service this way, since a symbiotic relationship can develop between the two roles—and what’s good for the city is often not what’s good for an industry. That’s why there are anti-revolving-doors laws at the state and national level.

As the Smira case illustrates, it’s past time for Sacramento to take the revolving-door syndrome more seriously and strengthen existing laws that keep this tendency in check.

Top (Sacramento) City Advisor Resigns To Work For Nestle

By Larry Meade, Sacramento Press, Nov. 2, 2009

Michelle Smira, a Republican strategist and consultant to mayor Kevin Johnson, resigned from her position on October 22.

In a recent interview to the Sacramento News & Review, Smira said that she was leaving her post as a volunteer advisor to focus her energy and attention to supporting Johnson’s Strong Mayor Initiative. However, Smira’s political affairs firm, MMS Strategies, was hired by Nestle Waters to assist in obtaining city support for it’s planned water bottling plant in Sacramento less than 2 days after submitting her letter of resignation.

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