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Coronado City Council Candidate Mary Sikes

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 3:59 pm

Q: Should the City of Coronado take a more active role in the legal challenges and public policy relating to sewage emanating from Mexico, which is impacting beaches in Coronado and the South Bay?

A: Yes, the city can take an ever more active role on public policy and legal challenges to solve sewage contamination plaguing South Bay beaches. Coronado beaches are certainly affected.

Attacking the issue on multiple fronts is the right strategy and the city is currently active on two of these fronts:

• The lawsuit against the IBWC (International Boundary Water Commission) is progressing through the court system. It may take several years and go through appeals. While it sends a strong message and has brought much needed media attention to the issue, the IBWC cannot fund actual solutions to the infrastructure required to stop the sewage flow. Funding must come through a request from the State Department to the US Congress. Congress must then appropriate the spending as part of the US Budget. Coronado has agreed to help fund the lawsuit for up to $50,000.

• Coronado decided to pursue the diplomatic approach as a second prong, targeted at the issues of funding actual solutions. The Mayor and council members have made several trips to Washington to meet with the EPA and other agencies. They have also been meeting with Mexican officials. The lawsuit has provided the entre for our local officials to be in Washington and lobbying for the funding of solutions. The lawsuit gained the national level attention that has been missing for years.

• There is now a third prong which promises more immediate cash infusion from the private sector. A water treatment plant is set to come online in 2019 to treat Tijuana River waste water, including sewage. The plant will transport the treated water to the Guadalupe valley where severe water shortages threaten a billion dollar agriculture economy. The $70 million initial investment by Odis Corporation of Israel and Mexican investors will reclaim and transport 20 million gallons of waste water per day. This on-deck solution will treat 30% of the waste water. I support the city getting more involved with Mexican officials and Odis in collaborating in support of Coronado’s interests and possible next steps in expanding the project beyond 30% reclamation.

It is in our interests that Coronado city officials be actively supporting all three of these initiatives.

With my 30 year career in private/public sector partnerships and having raised $480 million in venture capital for massive projects, my skill set and experience are well suited to be on the Council continuing these strategic efforts on all fronts to solve this issue affecting the health of Coronado citizens. I think strategically and find no conflict between any of these three approaches. Used together they are exactly what is needed. I salute all the people who are working hard on each of these approaches.

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