In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.
Last week's question:
Antioch officials are exploring the possibility of building a desalination plant to treat Delta water. What do you think of this idea, and are there others that should be pursued to address water shortages stemming from the drought?
DIFFERENT budgeting, outstanding idea. Bring jobs, etc.
ALTHOUGH this would be a good idea, Antioch needs to focus on the crime first!
Mary Beth Appenzeller-Mazorra
I THINK THE city should focus heavily on crime, or there will be nobody left to drink this water!
STOP SENDING THE Delta water south. Let the central valley and Southern California build desalination plants to provide water for agriculture, theme park water rides and desert neighborhoods.
THIS IS JUST an other pipe dream like the ferry, or the barge restaurant. It actually makes me laugh out loud to see how far off our City Council is.
Just look at the city's last "project," the boat launch area, an unfinished project. I wonder sometimes what is going on in their heads. As soon as the tunnels are built, there will be only salt water in the Delta. They need to think and develop a vision for economic growth, jobs and infrastructure for new business and education of our kids.
MAYBE BETTER USE would be to capture the water we have? Colorado captures 80 million acre feet from the Colorado River. The Sacramento River has more volume of water, and California captures 10 million acre feet. More reservoirs is much more cost effective.
I THINK DESALINATION is a good idea for some cities. Antioch pumps fresh water from the river. Sure, in drought years there's going to be more salt in it, but that's not going to come online this summer and fall to help us this year. I think it makes more sense for cities west of Antioch to be spending their money on things like this, and not take fresh water from the Delta and valley with canals and pipelines. Let San Francisco treat Bay and ocean water with desalination, and send Hetch-Hetchy water to the valley. Let Los Angeles treat ocean water with desalination, then they won't need valley and Delta water.
IT'S good. More jobs.
Jerry Hinshaw Jr.
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY of Israel uses desal plants. This is not new technology. But, with a large plant, that could utilize solar power to run the plant. The costs might be reduced. It is a good idea, even if the Delta is saved.
THERE ARE signs posted about not eating the fish in that water, let alone drinking it. Would it clean out all of the mercury?
GREAT IDEA! Money better spent than on that bullet train! Just my opinion.
GOOD IDEA, but how will the city fund the project without another tax on homeowners?
ANTIOCH HAS RIGHTS dating before 1914 to pump water without the need for a state permit, and through an agreement with the state's Department of Water Resources that dates to 1968 it can draw water from the San Joaquin River 208 days a year. With all the fighting over the Delta water, Delta smelt and farmers needing water -- I can see lawyers all over this.
This week's question:
The Oakley and Pittsburg city councils recently voted to include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. Do you think these devices should be included in city ordinances that restrict smoking in public places? Please explain.
Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence.
Not all responses will be published. Please respond before Monday.