Desalinate 7 Billion Brain Simulations

Mike Rodkin, former Mayor of Santa Cruz, will join us for a discussion on Santa Cruz water issues. Is a high-price desalination plant a good solution?

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! Mike Rodkin

Starting in 1979 Mike has serviced six terms as a Santa Cruz City Council member and has been a council Santa Cruz Mayor five times. Mike is also a lecture and Director of Filed Studies in Community Studies at UCSC. Mike was formally against the Santa Cruz Desalination Project and is now in support of desalination.

For more information, go to the [SCWD|]’s web site,

! Other Perspectives

Though I (Lyle) think Mike’s take on Santa Cruz going to desalination makes sense there are others who think there are [Alternatives to Desalination|], take a look for more info.