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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sacramento halts Nestlé work

By Suzanne Hurt, Sacramento Press, October 26, 2009

A $14 million retrofit of a proposed Nestlé water-bottling plant has ground to a halt after the city of Sacramento issued a stop-work order while investigating whether the work began before the company had legal authorization from the city.

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Pressure builds over bottled water

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Christian Science Monitor, October 22, 2009

Towns around the U.S. fight firms that want to soak up a local resource.


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City of LA votes to support Human Right to Water

California bill AB1242 would declare that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to clean, affordable and accessible water for consumption, cooking, and sanitation that is adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family.

Bottled water foes may join forces; AG to consider review

Sacramento Press, Oct. 4, 2009

A group of residents trying to stop Nestlé from opening a water-bottling plant in Sacramento plans to join forces with other Northern Californians fighting the same battle elsewhere.


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The Denominator Problem and misleading water numbers

By Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute.

I’m a believer in the power of facts and numbers to help make public policy. I believe that without good science and without good numbers, it is difficult to make good public policy. And it is impossible to make good public policy with bad numbers.


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Nestlé says it’s reconsidering pursuit of McCloud (CA) facility

By Charlie Unkefer, Mount Shasta Area Newspapers

Nestlé’s decision to move forward with a water bottling plant in Sacramento (pictured below) could have a bearing on its plans for a facility in McCloud. “In four to six weeks, we will let McCloud know if we will continue with our (McCloud) plans,” company representative Dave Palais said Monday night, noting that a recent article incorrectly stated that the company would be dropping its McCloud proposal.


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