Mayor's Proposal All Wet?

Jim Medina

Mayor Garcia's proposal for development in downtown Long Beach does not address the (wet) elephant in the room: where will the water for any additional residents come from? We have a shortage of water in California. Adding more businesses and residents will not magically create more rain and snow in the Sierras. It will also not decrease our water rates, or eliminate restrictions and penalties for residential users. It will simply tighten already diminishing supplies.

Garcia's forward thinking plans need to look...uh, to the future? By future, I don't mean the next fundraising campaign cycle, or quarterly returns. I mean the future: 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now – when many Long Beach residents will still be in Long Beach.

I'm not opposed to growth, but it has to be done realistically, with an eye toward where all resources will come from. You can't have a successful business community without a successful community.





Haven't you people read the Bible? "If you build it, water will come!" It is right there in Leviticus, in plain English. When Noah made his ark, he knew the rains would come. Now if we build condos and other downtown amenities, do you really think the Lord would deprive us? Doubtful! Long Beach and California will ALWAYS have water, it is the will of Jehovah.

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