— Anyone living downriver from the Lake Hodges Dam, just north of Rancho Bernardo, might wish to take note. The City of San Diego is spending "not-to-exceed" $159,026 on a consultant who is supposed to find out whether "the foundation of the dam could potentially erode during a Probable Maximum Flood event and compromise the stability of the dam." The study, to be done by the URS Corporation, was requested by the state's Division of Dam Safety. ... Recent donors to San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders's privatization and city-pension-limit measures, which are opposed by big labor, include Pauline Foster. She's the widow of Stan Foster, the wealthy local developer whose pro-union leanings were such that he was honored -- with the backing of the labor council -- by having Kearny High's construction school named the Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy. She gave $500. The big downtown law firm of Luce, Forward, which in the past has handled such outsourced assignments as the almost decade-long courtroom battle to expand Qualcomm Stadium for the Chargers, came up with $2500, as did American Medical Response, the Colorado-based firm that has the city's ambulance contract. ... Ex-governor Jerry Brown, the termed-out Oakland mayor running for state attorney general, has been picking up campaign cash from a variety of local gambling interests. Oceanside's Ocean's Eleven Casino gave him $5600; Alpine's Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians contributed $2000; and the Pala Band of Mission Indians gave $5000. Not surprisingly, lawyers were also big givers: Bill Lerach and associates gave a total of $35,350, and Luce, Forward and its workers kicked in $6000.

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investor1 Sept. 15, 2009 @ 1:42 a.m.

Sounds like some friend is being employed agian.Why do you need a survey on a dam that every five years overflows the spillway for a whole year ? . If it can handle that pressure its not leaking. It sounds like a excuse to drain the lake down agian and pump the water to oliveinhiems dam. Someones clueless what do you think of the eleven million dollar footbridge built over a soon to be dry lake bed? Since it was only eight feet deep when the dam was full they could of easly put a raised road across it with some drain pipe. Take the enviromentalists lets let the trees grow in a drinking water lake thats was smart. thier already asking for twenty million to clean that up. Really we need a state and City commonsense board to reject all these waste of money ideas . They wouldn't have a budget problem if they ruled on commonsense. To fix the lake just drian it down and bulldoze out the trees no need for a study its a lake for drinking water not trees.

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