SOB to MROSD...  Withdraw Annexation Application

October 30, 2002

Cathy Woodbury, MROSD Planning Manager
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, California 94022-1404
RE: EnviroBank: Watershed Quality Protection Partnership (MOU)

Dear Cathy
   As promised, enclosed please find the current Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation aka Save Our Bay information packet for the EnviroBank program and the Watershed Quality Protection Partnership (WQPP) MOU.  I have also enclosed a copy of the February 2000 California State Auditor Report for the SFPUC.  The SOB EnviroBank and WQPP are programs that our Foundation believes addresses the State's findings and conclusions head on.  Lastly, we have provided MROSD a partial real estate disclosure regarding my Moon Acres Ranch currently being marketed by Mary Lou Cunha Orange of Coldwell Banker.
The Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation Board of Directors believes, at this time,  it is in MROSD best interest and the best interest of all Peninsula  communities, that the District withdraw their coastal annexation application presently before the San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission.. The greatest challenge before all Bay Area water users  is the protection of our Peninsula watershed  and SFPUC provided water supply in perpetuity.  All Bay Area community elected officials should take immediate steps to reduce the risk of a catastrophic outage for more than 2.5 million regional water system users.  A healthy watershed is one that is in harmony with the needs of the its people, land, and natural resources.  Healthy watersheds are vital for a healthy environment and economy.   They act as natural filtering systems for pollutants, support habitat, migration routes and spawning for steelhead and salmon; and provide drinking and irrigation water for urban and rural residents.  The preservation of open space "viewsheds" is currently a very low Federal and States funding priority.  MROSD would certainly be a welcomed valued member of the Watershed Quality Protection Partnership {MOU).  We hope your Board gives our withdrawal recommendation and WQPP invitation further consideration.

Sincerely,
Oscar Braun
Executive Director WQPP

CC:
Richard Gordon LAFCO,  Mike Nevin SMCBOT, Audrey Rust POST, John Donovan PMAC, Arthur Jensen BAWUA, Steve Wert CDF,  James Asche HMBFPD, Joe Naras SFPUC

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