The Court has ruled in our favor - that Tuolumne County indeed is the proper venue for determining whether Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park violates the water diversion mandates of the California Constitution.
Kudos to Michael Lozeau and Meredith Wilensky of Lozeau Drury LLP for their work in refuting San Francisco's arguments that the case be moved to San Francisco.
Lozeau Drury LLP
We now look forward to the "case management" meeting scheduled for November 20 where we will ask the court for timely resolution of any and all other preliminary issues so that we can address the merits of restoration.
We do expect San Francisco to continue to try to avoid discussion of the merits of restoration, as they have consistently done for more than 10 years. Our evidence will show that the value of Hetch Hetchy Valley to Yosemite National Park and the American people far outweighs the cost of the water system improvements necessary to make restoration possible without losing a drop of water supply.
The vision and generosity of our donors have enabled us to mount this legal challenge. We will, however, need additional financial support to see this case to its conclusion. Please contribute what you can.
A century ago, San Francisco made history by becoming the only city ever to destroy a significant portion of one of our national parks. We intend to reverse that unfortunate chapter of American history and return Hetch Hetchy Valley to Yosemite National Park and all people.
P.S. Save the Date - April 9, 2016 - for Restore Hetch Hetchy's Annual Dinner at the Berkeley City Club.