From the Email InBox:
Your mention of the local power plant recently got me to reviewing what has gone on during 2007 regarding the progress. Apparently, it is a bit off schedule now, due to some slanted lying.
Remember, Patricia Farley pointed out during an early 2007 meeting that there were errors in the environmental reports prepared by the City of G.T. staff on the Outdoor Activity Center, and with the report made up by Colton Unified School District for the new Taylor street High School. Although this did not raise one eyebrow at the meeting, (via their notes) it did hit home once they got back to Sacramento. They investigated every comment raised, ready for a comeback statement, and then surprisingly found that there were serious flaws in the interpretation to both noted reports, plus a few others recently filed (maybe the one across the street in Riverside County also) and in discovering these blatant errors, a whole new environmental report would need to be prepared. The discovery of such slanted errors was not discovered until a month or two later, well after the team spoke before the G.T. city council.
And thus Yes, the City Council was correct in mentioned their "Concern" over matters contained within that report, but they were also unknowingly criticizing themselves and their handiwork also. For much of the power plant report was based upon findings contained within the City funded report and the School District funded reports.
One significant item was that of groundwater findings. Apparently both reports prepared by city staff and the school district just brushed aside any deep boring and testing of groundwater’s. The Power Plant folks, not wanting to waste dollars, spent a few more dollars and bored further down and then found bad water underneath. Lower than as investigated in both reports.
Then Sacramento confronted the City on the contents to both reports. It was deflected towards those who actually prepared them. Both the Unified school district and the City of G.T. staff have stood by their interpretation of the two funded reports. Good enough for them to issue permits for construction tomorrow. Sorry, if your more detailed (and expensive) report says otherwise. We stand on the cheaper one.
In lieu of the recent lawsuit, it looks as though both agencies are trembling, hoping that those that know, will not find any errors or alternative facts. Kind of like buying an auto based upon the real cool paint job, not the oil and water dripping underneath.
Patricia and others have tried over and over again to point out the flaws in the site selection for HS#3. The City Council has failed to address the added concerns about the AES Power Plant being located adjacent to the proposed site they hand picked, and promoted. So when we hear the news the State Department in charge of evaluating the EIR has found a significant flaw those few citizens who are not in the "Silent Majority", shall I call them the "Informed and Outraged", are not the least bit surprised by the State's Findings. Now it is to be seen if the Science of the Matter can direct the Politics of the situation.