Posted in City Council, desalination, Environment, Huntington Beach, water, tagged ASCON, bailout, Bush, Coastal Commission, conservation, costs, Dana Point, Delta, desalination, Environment, Huntington Beach, Keith Bohr, Mayor Keith Bohr, Municipal Water District Orange County, MWDOC, once through cooling, Poseidon, Poseidon Resources, southeast Huntington Beach, subsidies, Tampa Bay, toxic waste, water on May 9, 2009|
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This is Part II of a series of excerpts from a lengthy OC Voice interview with Mayor Keith Bohr of Huntington Beach. We spoke to the mayor about the long delayed efforts to clean up the ASCON toxic waste site in southeast Huntington Beach and the nearby desalination plant planned by Poseidon Resources Inc.
Note that the interview was conducted last November, when George W. Bush was still president of the United States and prior to the ASCON study session referred to in the interview.
By John Earl
Q: There hasn’t been any change at ASCON toxic waste dump in southeast Huntington Beach for decades now. In every election every city council candidate has said we want to clean that up. Fundamentally, not a thing has happened.
H.B. Mayor Keith Bohr. PHOTO/OC VOICE
Something has happened. We’ve had the polluters identified. They said ‘Yes we’re responsible.’ And they have five or six alternative plans that are listed by the Department of Toxic Substances. And we’re supposed to have a study session the first quarter of next year that says this is what DTS recommends as the clean up solution. And then we have to have the neighborhood talks. All of the cleanup choices include thousands of truck trips. Do you want it cleaned up to the point that you can put residential on it? I think that’s probably too expensive and the clean up people don’t want to do it and I think the neighborhood would probably say ‘We’d love that but we probably don’t want to do five years or whatever it is of clean up.” So we are moving. (more…)
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Posted in Campaign 08, Huntington Beach, Politics, Uncategorized, tagged 46th District, bailout, congress, debate, Debbie Cook, Ernst Gasteiger, gay marriage, global warming, healthcare, Huntington Beach, Iraq war, proposition 8, Rohrabacher, single-payer, singlepayer, Tom Lash, Wall Street on October 27, 2008|
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Ernst Gastreiger (Libertarian), Dana Rohrabacher (Rep.), Tom Lash (Green) and Debbie Cook (Dem.) debated Oct. 21 at Orange Coast College. Photo by John Earl
The four candidates in the 46th Congressional District race debated each other on Oct. 21 at Orange Coast College to an audience of several hundred people. The candidates are Debbie Cook (Democrat), Ernst Gasteiger (Libertarian), Tom Lash (Green Party) and the incumbent, Dana Rohrabacher (Republican). You can hear the candidates’ opening statements and answers to 7 questions. Answers to part of the 7th question and the entire 8th question as well as closing statements are not included because the recorder ran out of disk space. Audio recordings for each question are listed in order below. (more…)
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