Poseidon Will Bring Water, Jobs And Tax Revenue To The City Of Huntington Beach.
Bill Borden, Contributing Columnist
Poseidon is Walmart all over again. About 12 years ago Walmart and the City of Huntington Beach came up with a plan that brought the world’s largest retailer to the city, and millions in tax revenue along with it. Walmart worked with the Ocean View School District and finally agreed that the Crestview School site at Warner and Beach would be a prime location for the new enterprise. The site was an unused, overgrown, trash strewn eyesore that was a financial drain on the district and a waste of valuable retail space for the city. There was excitement in the air: Walmart would employ hundreds of residents, make improvements to the surrounding property and be a continuing source of revenue to the district.
Registered Voters In HB Overwhelmingly Support The New, Locally-Controlled, High-Quality Drinking Water Supply That The HB Desalination Project Will Provide.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – The proposed Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility is supported by 71% of registered voters in the City of Huntington Beach according to a scientific survey conducted this summer – a six point jump since the question was last put to voters in 2004. While support is on the rise, opposition to the project continues to drop. In 2004 slightly more than one out of four (27%) Huntington Beach voters opposed the project. Today that opposition has plummeted almost in half with just 14% opposing this proposed new drought-proof water supply.
SANTA ANA, CA – On July 21, 2010, the Orange County League of Cities, which provides education, information and advocacy services for the 32 Orange County cities it represents, voted without dissent to support the Poseidon Resources Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility. The League’s vote came on the heels of 14 Orange County cities that have adopted resolutions of support of the project. Another eight Orange County cities have signed letters of intent to purchase a portion of the desalinated water produced by the project.
“Municipalities throughout Orange County understand the need for a new, locally-controlled, drought-proof water supply,” said Poseidon Resources Vice President Scott Maloni. “To have the support of the Orange County League of Cities, which fights for good public policy on behalf of all Orange County cities, is a significant step toward the inevitable completion of this water purification project.”
The Orange County League of Cities is simply the latest in a growing chorus of support for the project, which includes unanimous bipartisan support from the Orange County state legislative delegation, the Orange County Business Council, the Orange County Taxpayers Association and thousands of residents throughout Orange County.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."