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LA Times on San Francisco’s ‘environmental identity crisis’

Thursday, November 1, 2012

An LA Times curtain-raiser on Tuesday’s local ballot measure over whether to study alternatives to taking water from the reservoir that covers Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley portrays San Franciscans as having reached a moment of green truth. The hed: “San Francisco Faces Environmental Identity Crisis.” A couple of excerpts:

Proponents have an uphill battle. Virtually the entire San Francisco political and business establishment is adamantly against the proposal. Former Mayor Dianne Feinstein, California's senior U.S. senator, says tearing down O'Shaughnessy "makes no sense." Mayor Edwin Lee has called the idea "stupid" and "insane." The Board of Supervisors opposes it and the Bay Area Council, the region's leading business group, is heading the campaign to defeat the proposal.

And then there’s this:

"Here is this city by the bay that seems to give thought to every cause imaginable except where their water comes from — much less that it's part of killing a valley in one of the world's great national parks," said David Mihalic, who was Yosemite's superintendent from 1999 to 2003 and is retired from the National Park Service.

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