In addition to email communications such as this, Restore Hetch Hetchy normally publishes a printed newsletter twice a year. Our Fall 2018 edition should be delivered to mailboxes soon, and is also available online. If you'd like a hard copy and don't receive one soon, let us know.
There is always a bit of a lag between the time we send material to our graphic artist (Ron Rick), who designs the newsletter and, after approval, forwards it to AD-Vantage Marketing for printing and mailing. As a result, some of the news is not as "new" as it might be. This fall interim developments have been more significant than usual, so brief update is provided below.
The Newsletter states that the United States Supreme Court is our only remaining legal option for pursuing the "unreasonable method of diversion" strategy. This is not exactly true. Restore Hetch Hetchy is evaluating several options, most of which are not mutually exclusive.
Prudence suggests it would be premature to say more at this time. Stay tuned.
The Bay-Delta Plan has the potential to affect San Francisco's water system far more than restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Developments have come fast and furious over the last few weeks. A complete rendition would require, like a Russian novel, several pages just to list the characters. In short:
· The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of the plan, after negotiating language with the City's Public Utilities Commission.
· The Public Utilities Commission had second thoughts and asked Mayor London Breed to veto the resolution. She did.
· On the eve of the State Water Board's scheduled vote, Governor Brown and Governor-elect Newsom wrote the Board, asking it to delay a vote so opposing sides would have more time to negotiate. State Officials testified no further delay would be requested.
· The Board voted 3-0, with 2 abstentions, to delay a vote until December 12.