Catch 22

After a decade of drinking unhealthy levels of nitrate-contaminated water, and seven months after having their housing red-tagged by the county, rural farm workers in Pescadero have access to a new well for drinking water. The improvement comes with a downside for residents: Their landlord is no longer required to test the quality of the water. Catch 22.


13 of 21 housing sites that serve as home to farm and nursery workers have never received regular water testing because the sites are not classified as farm worker housing. In many cases, the county can't identify the source of the drinking water or if it's being treated. Catch 22.


Imagine, being caught in an upside down, unjust, situation that makes no sense and seems impossible -- a Catch 22. You can take a stand against the impossible- do it right now... and we can double your gift!  The Sobrato Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar all increased or new gifts to Puente this year.

Don't doubt it for a second -- our plans for 2011 are ambitious. Everything we do relies on cost-effective, long-lasting solutions:  a safe place to live and clean drinking water, accessible healthcare, and support for youth so that they can pursue their dreams for college or a vocational career.

I hope you'll take a minute to think about the impact you want to make in 2011 -- then make a contribution.

Photo by John Green, San Mateo County Times

Thank you for all the many ways you support Puente.

Wishing you my very best for a Happy New Year,


PS. If you're interested in reading more about the water issues faced on the South Coast, read Julia Scott's blog

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Puente de la Costa Sur (PUENTE)
PO Box 554/620 North Street
Pescadero, CA 94060

A Catch-22, coined by Joseph Heller  in his novel Catch 22, is a logical paradox arising from a situation in which an individual needs something that can only be acquired by not being in that very situation; therefore, the acquisition of this thing becomes logically impossible. Catch-22s are often spoken with regard to rules, regulations, procedures, or situations in which one has knowledge of being or becoming a victim but has no control over it occurring.