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Column: This desalination plan stinks all the way from Orange County to Gov. Newsom’s office

Column: This desalination plan stinks all the way from Orange County to Gov. Newsom’s office
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By STEVE LOPEZ

Poseidon Water plans to build a seawater desalination plant next to this Huntington Beach power generation plant. With all that’s been going on in California during the pandemic, it’s been difficult at times to keep track of the latest state-sponsored debacles.

You’d need a scorecard, a good set of reading glasses and a special prosecutor to stay on top of it all. The botched vaccine rollout, mixed messaging and delivery inequities are enough to keep anyone busy. And when the state introduced the My Turn vaccination scheduling system, which was supposed to straighten things out, nobody was surprised to learn that it’s full of bugs, or that people of means managed to get vaccinations intended for low-income communities hardest hit by COVID-19.

On top of that, we’ve had one of the greatest boondoggles in state history, with billions of dollars scammed from the Employment Development Department by prison inmates and others, while needy, out-of-work people were left penniless and waiting for months to get hold of anyone in Sacramento who might help. And so it was easy to miss a development that flew under the radar in recent months, until my colleague Bettina Boxall laid out the details of […]

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