Category Archives: Impacts

Powerful Media Silence on HOPE’s Public-Records Monterey-Downs Water-Promise Lawsuit

HOPE filed a simple but powerful Public Records Act Lawsuit on Monday to expose documents of a secret Water deal between Monterey Downs’ Horse gambling racetrack, the Water company – Cal-Am and Monterey County. Afterwards, we dutifully sent out Press … Continue reading

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Three Attorney Generals Reject “Smart”-meters as Too Expensive after Testing

Three State Attorney Generals have solidly rejected utilities push for “smart”-meters. Michigan, Illinois and Connecticut Attorney Generals cited the exorbitant costs to consumers with no proven benefits after testing a pilot program with 10,000 customers.

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Water Wars: Pacific Grove Council Votes to be a Water Agency

Pacific Grove City Council voted last night (April 18, 2012) to become a water agency for the Monterey Peninsula and set aside its own issues. (Early in the meeting the Council actually continued 3 important items to the next meeting … Continue reading

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Pacific Grove Tree Protection Getting Chainsawed – by Bill Kampe and Ken Cuneo

Once upon a time Pacific Grove had a majestic forest canopy that flowed from Monterey Bay to Shining Sea. Squirrels could jump branch to branch from Lover’s Point to Asilomar – and never touch the ground. The forest almost completely … Continue reading

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Win: Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide – Yanked from US Market by Manufacturer

Tokyo based Pesticide manufacturer Arysta pulled their Methyl-Iodide nerve gas called “Midas” from the US Market. While nerve gas is illegal to use in warfare, the US-EPA and California’s EPA (Department of Pesticide Regulation) both approved it. The fundamental corruption … Continue reading

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Police Force Smartmeters on Private Property

This is a press release Subject: Press Release – Police Escorted Utility (SCE) Forced Smart Meters on Private Residences (Thursday, 15 Dec 2011) Police and Electric Utility Force SmartMeters on Residences in Violation of Federal Law, U.S. and California Constitution … Continue reading

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Water Solution on TV: Right-Sized Desal, HOPE interviews Attorney Alexander Henson – former Water Board Chair

HOPE’s interview about the Right-Sized Water Solution with former Water Board Chair, Attorney Alexander Henson will broadcast on AMP (Channel 24) three times in the next week.

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Trees: Pacific Grove City Forest Management Plan Meeting Schedule

Once upon a time Pacific Grove had a majestic forest canopy that flowed from Monterey Bay to Shining Sea. Squirrels could jump branch to branch from Lover’s Point to Asilomar – and never touch the ground. The forest almost completely … Continue reading

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PG&E Breaks Promise and Installs Smartmeter: Assemblyman Monning Gets it Removed

(c) Copyright 2011 Vince Tuminello Back in April I called PG&E to be put on the “Smart Meter Opt-Out Delay list” pending the PUC decision, due this year. Five weeks later PG&E installed a smart meter on my home anyway. … Continue reading

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HOPE Requests Supervisors Rescind/Void All Regional Desal Contracts and Approvals

HOPE sent this letter to Monterey County Thursday June 30, 2011 — County Counsel Monterey County Supervisors Monterey County Water Resources Agency Please Rescind/Void All Regional Water Project Contracts Hello Supervisors, Water Resources Agency Board and County Counsel, Considering the … Continue reading

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Did Carmel Pine Cone’s Paul Miller have a Stroke?

The Carmel Pine Cone is the last paper I expected to break the media silence and publish information about the “Right-Sized” Desal Solution by our Water Management District.

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Ed Mitchell’s First Class Research

I’m amazed at the thorough research conducted by Ed Mitchell regarding the meetings MCWRA Director Steve Collins participated in while getting paid to do so as a paid employee of a private corporation. Ed’s commentary is at http://1hope.org/hopeblog/commentary-collins-investigation/.

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Commentary: Collins Investigation Should Catch Other Officials

(c) Copyright 2011 Ed Mitchell I believe I was the first to file a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) sworn complaint against Steve Collins with my May 5, 2011 delivery to the FPPC office in Sacramento, 5 weeks before the … Continue reading

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Water Wars (Regional Desal Corruption): Report on Bad Acts by Steve Collins, Jim Heitzman, Curtis Weeks, RMC and Cal-AM

The report to the County Supervisors about Monterey County Water Resources Agency Director Steve Collins’ Conflicts of Financial Interests was released yesterday.It states “. . . the facts we have discovered to date are extremely troubling.” Some of those troubling … Continue reading

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Regional Desal Implode Begins: Yes, We Warned You

In the mad rush to approve the silly and violently expensive “Regional Desalination” plant in Marina – HOPE warned of the Boondoggle in Waiting. We warned the public through articles, public presentations at City Council meetings and even a special … Continue reading

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Finally-The First Official Recognition that Cell-Phones Could Cause Malignant Brain Cancer

Landmark News ! This morning a panel of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), changed their position declaring now that Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (of cell-phones and by association WiFi, cordless phones and Smartmeters) … Continue reading

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New Pebble Beach Project Begins

The new Pebble Beach Company project will be unveiled at a public meeting on April 28, 2011 at the Pebble Beach Community Services District office. (Yes, the gate guards will let you in free to attend the meeting. But if … Continue reading

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How to Stop a Project Made Easy: CEQA for Citizens

Ordinary people (who are not lawyers or planners) are rarely aware of how the law requires them to object to a project. If you fail to do it correctly, you lose your right to sue to stop the project. HOPE … Continue reading

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PG&E Proposes Insanely Greedy and Vindictive Smartmeter Opt-Out Plan

PG&E reaffirmed their reckless “Corporate Greed Monster” reputation(1) with their Plan to financially gouge people who don’t want ‘Smart’meters. They outraged smartmeter opponents Today by proposing to charge those who prefer not to have the controversial meters $135 to refuse … Continue reading

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Should We Revoke PG&E’s California Charter ?

What does “Diablo Canyon’s” Nuclear power plant right near the San Andreas and Hosgri faults — have in common with : The San Bruno Pipeline explosion that killed at least 8 people, “Erin Brockovich” finding deadly Chromium 6 groundwater contamination … Continue reading

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Why Has the Monterey Herald Censored a Major Local Water News Story for 9 Years?

The Herald has a long tradition of censoring important opinion: a long list of letters to the editor, commentaries and Op-Eds. That’s bad enough. But I didn’t think it could get worse. Well, I’ve been reading the Herald for several … Continue reading

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Air Conditioners Cause California’s Electric Supply Emergency

Air Conditioners are Primary Cause of California’s Electrical Supply Emergency. During peak power use air conditioners in Los Angeles and California’s Central Valley use 40 percent of our state’s electricity. In sharp contrast, in California’s coastal communities like our Monterey … Continue reading

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What We Need in a State Smartmeter Law

A Smartmeter law needs at the minimum — 1. Halt to wireless communication (transmission) from home meters. This solves wireless threats to health and interference with medical devices and other wireless devices. Optical cable (vs wireless radio transmission) can solve … Continue reading

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Success: PUC “Orders” PG&E To Prepare Plan to Stop Installing Smartmeters for Californians Who Reject Them

The San Jose Mercury news reports that the California PUC has ordered PG&E to provide a way to “Opt-out” of Smartmeters for those who don’t want them.

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Pacific Grove vs Smartmeters

Last evening the Pacific Grove City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution to send to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting the CPUC allow people who don’t want Smartmeters to refuse them.

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