The Coastal Commission will be holding a public hearing on the proposed Cal-Am water project on Thursday, November 14, 2019, but it will not take a final vote to approve or deny the project. Instead, this item will be continued to a later date. The reason for the change is that Coastal Commission staff met with CPUC staff to discuss the posted staff recommendation on the Cal-Am project. The CPUC staff raised a range of new technical questions regarding water supply and demand, potential ground water impacts, and the Pure Water expansion alternative – all of which require further investigation. The Coastal Commission staff believes that it is essential to hear applicant, agency, and public comments in a public hearing and to explore the key remaining technical questions before the Commission considers voting on the project proposal. The Commission will hold the public hearing in Half Moon Bay (Oceano Hotel & Spa, 280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay), as planned and accept testimony at the Marina offsite location (City of Marina Council Chambers, 211 Hillcrest Ave., Marina), as planned, consistent with the posted hearing procedures. A second hearing will be scheduled, possibly in Scotts Valley in March 2020, where the public will again have ample opportunity to give testimony on the project before a final decision.
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John "Jack" Ainsworth, 58, came to the Coastal Commission from the private sector in 1989 as a Coastal Program Analyst. Over the past 27 years, he has shouldered a variety of responsibilities including overseeing the South Central and South Coast (LA County) district offices and as the agency's Senior Deputy Director beginning in May 2015. He was appointed Acting Executive Director in March 2016. Ainsworth has a BA in Environmental Studies & Geography and an MSc in Geography from the University of California, Riverside.