Penninsula article about Prop F -
If RHH had not used clever "doublespeak", this prop would never have made it onto the ballot. SF'ers are fans of "sustainability" and usually have nothing against "restoration" - but no one I've talked with who signed the petition realized it meant the end of the dam at Hetch Hetchy, the end of Camp Mather.
These folks are tricksters - and RHH more truly stands for Ruin Hetch Hetchy than it does for Restore HH.
Who will profit from expensive plans to re-source water, re-source electricity? Didn't we learn our lesson from the privatized electricity schemes that doubled our utility bills in the 1980's? Who wants a second valley full of tourists and car exhaust in Yosemite? Is that what John Muir shed tears for? Because there was not enough asphalt in that valley? In truth, the valley has already been restrored. It was originally a glacier lake, it is a lake once more.
There is no true return to the past - we don't pull down our cities because a historical figure extolled the pre-development views of a century ago - why pull down our source of water, power, life?
NO on F - F for FAIL!!
It gets sticky - Sierra Club goes after Lundgren - who is the only political supporter of knocking down the dam.... and so it goes...
The Sac Bee thinks SF should be big-hearted about Hetch Hetchy, to which I say:
OK - so I misspelled privilege as provilege - a Matherite is bound to lose her spell-ability a little when the camp and our water and power are at stake.
Did I mention...NO on F!!
From USA Today, October 6, 2012 -
"This is such a colossal waste of money," says P.J. Johnston, spokesman for Save Hetch Hetchy, which opposes the initiative. Given that water is a scare resource and major source of conflict in California, "The idea that we could voluntarily eliminate the single largest water resource in the state and spend $10 billion to do it is just irrational." more here...
"That's Chinatown, or, to be more specific, it's water wars. While Jack Nicholson's character in Chinatown is embroiled in the dark intrigues of the water wars in 1937 LA in - the Bay Area is facing its own devious water wars.
A massive water war is heating up over the delta - and then there are those who are trying to shut down SF's water from the Tuolumne River, to tear down the dam and abandon SF's water supply. What will it get the privileged luddites behind this plan, this Prop F? A nice view? A new valley full of tourists? A pretty hike on a warm day? I keep wondering if any or all of the moving forces behind the push for Prop F have an interest in desalinization equipment to sell us, or other schemes to profit from...? They seem to be a pretty connected entrepreneurial bunch.
F for FAIL. Just plain no. No on F.
if it will take a very very long time, per the SJ Mercury, to send the HH's valley back to pre-1920, what's the hurry? Let us, and all the folks who come to visit, continue drinking clean delicious water, let us continue to use clean hydroelectric power.
Let us continue to go to Camp Mather with our neighbors and families. Let's keep it from being turned into a cement processing facility.
Save Camp Mather by saving O'Shaughnessy.