Archive | April, 2011

A Woman Among Warlords: Malalai Joya brings message of peace to Surf City

A Woman Among Warlords: Malalai Joya brings message of peace to Surf City

By Mary Adams Urashima
Special to the Surf City Voice
 

American author Robert Fulgham said, “Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”   

Over the last two weeks,

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Carlsbad Desal Buyout Likely – Min Taxpayer Cost: $640 Million

Carlsbad Desal Buyout Likely – Min Taxpayer Cost: $640 Million

By David Rosenfeld
DC Bureau
Wednesday, 06 April 2011

When it comes to the future of desalinated water in California, San Diego County is facing a reality check. In agreements signed years ago, nine local water agencies brokered sweetheart deals with Poseidon Resources, an investor-owned Connecticut company that has been planning to build and operate a desalination plant in Carlsbad for the past 12 years.

The agreements guaranteed those nine agencies

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Conservationists Fight Back Against Seawater Desalination

Conservationists Fight Back Against Seawater Desalination

By David Rosenfeld
Courtesy of DC Bureau
Thursday, 03 March 2011

California is in the process of building a series of massive ocean desalination plants on a scale not seen before in the United States. While most are at various stages, slowly slogging through bureaucratic red tape, conservationists are pushing back against powerful interests betting California’s looming water crisis occurs sooner rather than later.

Opponents argue the technology is too expensive and damaging to the environment while the state could do a lot more to conserve

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Less Water Means More Money for Desalination Industry

Less Water Means More Money for Desalination Industry

By David Rosenfeld
DC Bureau
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 

For the scores of businesses in Southern California already supplying desalination equipment around the globe, California’s impending water crisis spells opportunity.

An estimated 3,000 people work for companies in the San Diego area supplying equipment or logistical support for desalination plants, earning the industry upwards of $350 million in annual revenues.

A key element of their business also supplies facilities that re-use and recycle water using similar technology including the membranes that make up the heart of

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Soyfood Industry’s Not-So-Healthy Secret

Soyfood Industry’s Not-So-Healthy Secret

By Sarah (Steve) Mosko
Special to the Surf City Voice

Soy-based foodstuffs like veggie burgers and nutrition bars are a source of protein and generally considered “health foods” often eaten out of a belief they are good for you.

Soyfoods also have a reputation for being produced in a more environmentally friendly or sustainable fashion than animal sources of protein.

However, whether foods containing highly processed forms of soy protein are really good for people or the environment is brought into question by a November 2010 report from the Cornucopia Institute, a

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How Downtown Surf City Evolved from its ‘Beaver Days’ Into a ‘Village’

How Downtown Surf City Evolved from its ‘Beaver Days’ Into a ‘Village’

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Note: This is the first of a series of occasional articles about the history of development and redevelopment in Huntington Beach over the past 30 years. 

During the March 7 HB City Council meeting, member Keith Bohr praised the success of downtown redevelopment.

There are “challenges with alcohol” there, he said, referring to the city’s infamously high

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