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  • Oct. 4, 2017

Resolution to Ensure Quick Approval of Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project - Idea from Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction


This email was sent today to the Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Agency, which is very interested in the permitting process for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, a seawater desalination plant proposed by California American Water Company (Cal Am).


Subject: Resolution to Ensure Quick Approval of Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

Dear Agency Board Members and Technical Advisory Committee Members:

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction saw the 88-page letter from California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) containing massive objections to the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/DEIS) for the Cal Am Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

If you haven’t seen this extremely burdensome set of comments yet, go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NOS-2016-0156-0069 or http://phonyuniontreehuggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-03-28-Adams-Broadwell-Joseph-Cardozo-California-Unions-for-Reliable-Energy-CURE-Monterey-Peninsula-Water-Supply-Project-California-Public-Utilities-Commission-Letter.pdf

We understand it will take a long time for the California Public Utilities Commission to respond to all of these comments.

Attached is a resolution for your consideration that will immediately solve many of your problems and speed things up. Based on experience, we know how it works. See http://phonyuniontreehuggers.com for more information about the magic solution to costly, time-consuming comments from unions about environmental impact reports.

Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
(858) 431-6337


RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING THAT CALIFORNIA UNIONS FOR RELIABLE ENERGY (CURE) MUST OBTAIN ASSURANCES OF A PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT AS A CONDITION OF SETTLEMENT CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT

October 12, 2017

WHEREAS, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority supports a portfolio approach to future water supply for the Monterey Peninsula that may include seawater desalination proposals such as the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; and

WHEREAS, an organization describing itself as California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) has submitted an 88-page public comment dated March 28, 2017 concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/DEIS) for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, as prepared jointly by the lead agencies, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and

WHEREAS, California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) has a long and illustrious record of comprehensive objections to environmental reviews required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before approval of proposed energy and utility projects; and

WHEREAS, the objections of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) to environmental reviews and proposed permitting have significant potential to delay approval of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority and raise the costs of the project; and

WHEREAS, typically California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) reaches a reasonable settlement with the lead agency to resolve environmental concerns after there is a commitment to require construction contractors to sign a “Project Labor Agreement” and maintenance contractors to sign a “Maintenance Labor Agreement" with building trades unions; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority:

1. issues a “public surrender” to California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) and recognizes a Project Labor Agreement as an essential labor relations condition to settle environmental concerns with the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project;

2. advises governing boards of relevant public agencies also to issue a “public surrender” to California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) and recognize a Project Labor Agreement as an essential labor relations condition to settle environmental concerns with the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; and

3. acknowledges that direct public agency payments or construction contractor assessments to the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California may be an essential provision of this Project Labor Agreement.

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