It was warm today and Fleck says we’re days away from setting the record for the latest fall freeze. Its nearly Thanksgiving and I still have grasshoppers and roses in bloom.
I just got a robocall from Marty Chavez asking for me to help him with his Senate campaign. He told me he’s looking forward to meeting me personally. Just push 1. I'm reminded of the ads for late night chat lines. He sounds almost sexy. If I was a really lonely old lady blogger I’d do it. I almost push 1. Go ahead. DO it.
Water is topic du jour. The Albuquerque Journal reports that APS must pony up $3 million for a new water reservoir. V.B. Price reminds us agriculture isn’t a waste of water and Martin Heinrich pushes preserving the aquifer and getting $150 with toilet replacement in the Albuquerque Tribune. On the same page Jeffry Gardner writes condescendingly about women being pandered to with all that talk about utopia – like clean air and water.
Gardner kids around and asks if it’s too late to rescind a woman’s right to vote. Apparently his wife tried to electrocute him in a bathtub after he asked her this. And that made me smile.
(...) That is to say, politicians of both genders have figured out they can have their sleazy way with this bloc of voters, if they promise to make safer - check any that apply: our schools, our streets, our air, our water, our toys, our wars, our trees, our detergents, our conversations, our food, our pedicures, our . . . the list is practically endless. Basically, promise Utopia for the sake of our children, and you pick up more than a few votes.Calling the promise of safe water “sleazy” seems sleazy. What are his preferred leaders promising? Endless war? I prefer even a misguided promise of utopia.
The accepted way we do things now – building sprawling suburbs and big box stores connected to distant large scale agriculture by long distance trucking – will change. V.B. Price reminds us that fuel costs, water and food are all connected. Local agriculture will grow. The context and history of the Middle Rio Grande – the qualities of the land and water available for farming and the high desert that surrounds us for hundreds of miles - assures this.
But change is hard. And nuance is a bitch.Lastly in water news, the Albuquerque Journal covers the new $3 million water reservoir that APS must pay for. Building the new high school – and the surrounding development that will follow it – requires more water.
The water authority requires developers to pay for the additional waterlines and reservoirs in new service areas, rather than taxing existing users, said authority executive director Mark Sanchez. The initial developer is then reimbursed by future builders as water meters are added to projects.
Let’s review. The Albuquerque Public School District is the developer. So our property taxes are paying for $3 million in new water infrastructure. And that money will go to pay another taxpayer owned entity – the Water Authority – to provide new water service for sprawl. But that’s all OK because we’ll repay that with more sprawl.
So who is left holding the bag if new housing stalls? Or the housing market is flooded with multiple huge new developments at Mesa del Sol, Suncal and Rio Rancho?
Why does this sound like a pyramid scheme?
"That's just the stupidest thing I've ever heard," said board member Robert Lucero, whose district includes the new schools. "These entities are here to help us with the schools, not to be a hindrance."
Well, he’s almost right. These entities are here to help us with the sprawl, not be a hindrance.