1. Paso Basin SGMA Water Plan – 13,700 acre ft. per year pumping reduction. (18 % of future estimated pumping). Best Irrigation Practices, Supplemental Water, Local Recharge Water, and Recycled Water are included as the main components which could mitigate some of the reduced pumping.
2. Hemp Cultivation Moratorium – Regulation of a legal agricultural crop.
3. Are there viable alternatives to closing the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, which forestalls nearly 8 million metric tons of CO2 from fossil fuels every year?
a. Do PG&E, any of its possible successors, the CPUC, the incipient State Energy Authority (designed to take over if PG&E collapses), or even the County Planning Department, have any notion of how the 8 million metric tons of CO2, which are now forestalled, will be offset once the plant closes? What are the specific sources and amounts of renewables that will forestall the use of natural gas? What is the cost if PG&E has to buy the CO2 free and renewable energy on the open market in competition with all the community choice aggregators? What happens to our electric rates, which are already two times the national average, in this scenario?
b. So far we have not seen any concrete plans for the replacement of Diablo’s economic impact on the community. While there is some process, where’s the beef?
4. Diablo Power Plant Decommissioning - Restoration to Original Conditions, 12,000 Acres, $1.6 billion rate increase for un-accumulated closure costs, No Economic Development?
5. County defers on Community Choice Aggregation Electric for now. (Monterey Bay Community Power Authority – Soon to be The Central Coast Power Authority). Further feasibility study by County is planned. Current consultant study warned of many risks.
6. Coastal Commission Gives State Parks One “Last Chance” on Oceano Dunes Riding. Commission doing quarterly reviews which culminate next July. Meanwhile, APCD says dust 2 reduction plans inadequate. Will convene its Violation Hearing Board to consider sanctions against State Parks which operates the riding and camping area.
7. The State and County’s overall so-called “smart growth” and CO2 reduction schemes are key legal drivers of their land use and negative economic development policies.
a. Separately from the climate change theory, is this really a good idea, or simply a faddish political choice that is actually destructive of the standard of living, subversive of the economy, and a driver of social inequality?
b. Are there alternative patterns of urban and regional spatial development that should be examined separately from traditional “either/or” choices of sprawl versus smart growth hard urban edges?
8. Where is the strategy to permit and install homeless housing, RV parks, and other physical measures on a scale large enough to impact the problem? Where is the strategy and political courage to set behavioral standards for those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs to the point where they constitute a danger to themselves and civil society? What about care for those mentally ill patients who cannot get better and are not able to manage their medication?
9. SLO City Gas Fired Heating and Appliances “Ban” For New Residential and Commercial Construction.
10. Has the current model of large government organizations utilizing triple protected unionized, civil service, and seniority ranked employees become unsustainable, to use a popular phrase?
11. Both the State and localities (the County in our case) should consider alternatives to the current strategy of water rationing, which will beget agricultural contraction, economic contraction, fewer homes, stunted opportunity, and eventually social unrest ( particularly in the San Joaquin Valley).
12. Pending County cannabis regulation policies especially related to odor and hoop houses.
13. Governor Newsome’s repurposing SB-1 road tax funds for rail, slow streets, and transit.
14. AB-5 attack on Gig Economy requires that independent contract employees be hired as regular employees. The bill will have severe negative impacts on many businesses, services, and jobs.