The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which channeled the streambed in late 1960, was pleased that a precious wetland was preserved without jeopardizing the channel’s flood capacity. Volunteer work that initially saved the City of San Diego hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1997 ushered in an era of ecologically friendly flood-channel maintenance, water-quality protection, and community-education programs, saving taxpayers millions.
In its decade-plus odyssey to save Rose Creek and protect Mission Bay from contaminated street runoff, the organization succeeded in rousing public sentiment to the plight of San Diego’s coastal treasures. Print and television news coverage of “get down and dirty” work to protect a number of watersheds across the county prompted community leaders and environmental activists to take greater interest in their waterways.
Ambitious politicians poured money into local urban creeks and sloughs, but with little benefit to nature. Many projects took the path of least risk, focusing on planning — redundant studies and administrative services — rather than improvements for wild things. More recently, with public interest in healthful living and conservation of natural resources, environmental-protection tax dollars have found their way into hike and bike paths and reclamation of fish and wildlife habitat.
With the challenges of prolonged economic meltdown and dwindling water supply, community environmental quality will depend on individual volunteer labor. The time is now for selfless, civic service on behalf of all living things. Personally taking a stand for ecological well-being may be the only way to assure breathable air, drinkable water, and fertile soil for future generations of San Diegans.
Robert LaRosa, Ph.D.
The Doctor Is Real
I was deeply saddened to read the article regarding Dr. Stephen Doyne (“The American Board of Nonexistence,” “City Lights,” July 2). I have often enjoyed your paper and the articles pertaining to relevant San Diego issues. I cannot understand how you could print such an article with so many untruths. It is as if this angry child-custody litigant was able to say whatever he wanted and you simply printed the lies. I am gravely disappointed in your publication for not checking out the facts and hurting such a highly respected member of our community. Dr. Doyne is most likely the most highly qualified and respected 730 evaluator in San Diego County. His diplomas are real. He has helped thousands in our community who have struggled with divorce-related child-custody issues. He is a qualified, kind, and dedicated man who has been rewarded by our community for his many years of service with a slanderous article with no factual basis. Please do your homework and correct this outrageous mistake. Thank you for your prompt attention.
Lori Love, Ph.D.
You’re All Wrong
Regarding “Fallbrook’s Mine — A Hit or the Pits?” (“City Lights,” June 25).
My family and I lived in Rainbow during the years 1979 through 1981 and in Temecula from the end of 1981 through 1995.
Today, Rainbow has changed little from the ’80s period. Although I-15 runs directly through it, Rainbow has a sewer hookup moratorium at a certain elevation, thereby halting new building.
Fallbrook, one of the prettiest communities in San Diego County, has avoided overbuilding due to geographical distance from the freeway and, to a lesser degree, avocado production.
Then there’s Temecula.
By the mid-’80s, developers smelled blood. Cheaper land prices than Orange or San Diego counties, lax building-code enforcement, lower taxes, and a just recently completed I-15 all combined to complete the grand maiming of southwest Riverside County.
So Dr. Daniel Robbins, Temecula pediatrician, your concern regarding your young patients’ lung capacity might elicit more sympathy from me if I knew you were performing the examinations on green grass. How about it, doctor? Is your office situated on concrete…containing aggregate? How about your 93 colleagues who are opposed to the proposed quarry? Are their buildings built on concrete…containing aggregate? And what of the mothers who, in their Volvo station wagons and SUVs, bring their children to your medical facilities. Are they driving on asphalt or concrete…containing aggregate? The schools? Does the asphalt on the playground contain… Well, you get it.
Where were all you doctors 20 years ago when the metastasis known as “development” was going on?
And to you, Mr. Vince Davis, regarding the quarry: “It won’t be a scar” and “The only way you would know there’s a hole in the ground would be to fly over the area” — well, Vince, you’re partially right. If a surgeon makes an incision two inches from my anus, I won’t be able to see it. But I’ll sure as hell know it’s there.