Why is the mayor of an almost-bankrupt city telling its utility customers to use less water when the City really needs to sell us more water to raise revenues to pay for water and sewer capital improvement? It’s like a surreal Cal Worthington TV commercial where Cal is standing on his head and barking, “I’ll do anything not to sell you a car!”

San Diego has a new official bird, the crane. Downtown, Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, and La Jolla’s Golden Triangle have a plethora of construction cranes excreting steel and concrete, floor after high-rise floor, building multistory condos, apartments, and office buildings. The mayor’s unrestricted growth agenda keeps adding toilets and washbasins and population times infinity that will consume water we don’t have. What is Jerry Sanders thinking? I have always wondered why creativity and imagination are so lacking in government leaders of today.

Our toilet seats back up to the Pacific Ocean, and yet not a drop of salt water do we flush, nor can we — but we could! Cutting-edge desalination plant technology is providing “cool clear water” to the Persian Gulf countries right now. San Diego needs desalination plants yesterday to insure adequate amounts of drinking water for San Diego’s future. The zoo has these new nonflushing urinals that use little or no water. This innovation saves them hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a year. Are the community concourse, the convention center, and the sports stadiums equipped with these water-saving urinals? San Diego needs “smart” leadership, not “controlled” leadership. We need a leader who can think outside the influences of lobbying special interests and do what is proactively correct to insure adequate future water supplies for San Diego.

My August water and sewer usage statement shows I used 45.2 percent less water and sewer pipe space than this time last year. I challenge Mayor Jerry to demonstrate that his August water bill conserved any amount of water over last year!

William Dean Owen

via email

Cool Dude

I read an article in a paper. It was called “Crasher.” The author goes to parties. He is much more cool than anyone at these parties. His writing sounds like Hemingway, if Hemingway had been smoking weed daily since he was 11 years old. Dude. Cool.

Court Babcock

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