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The following article was posted on February 12th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 29 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 29

Speak up for one person, one vote

Carol Rowland - Creston

The formation of the proposed Paso Robles Basin Water District would be by votes based on acreage. There are 4,906 landowners. It would only take an estimated 30 to 50 large landowners to establish it. The vote should be one person, one vote. Thirty to 50 people should not be able to force this district on the rest of us.

Then there will be an election for a nine-member board of directors for this water district. Three members would be voted on by registered voters. The remaining six members will be voted in by landowners divided into three groups based on acreage. Within each group, the votes will still be based on acreage. Confused?

The election of the board of directors should be based on one person, one vote. Period. Simple. We all need a voice. A water district needs to provide representation for all of us who depend on the Paso Robles Basin, not a water district created and controlled by the very people who have been heedlessly depleting the aquifer. Based on what these people have done so far, I shudder to think what placing this power in their hands would mean.

Write letters to the editor, to the SLO Board of Supervisors, to California Senator Monning, and California Assemblyman Achadjian. Make your voice heard. Before it’s too late, make your voice heard.