Further, he writes, “We explained how we had taken every reasonable precaution to avoid spills,” which implies there might have been some spills, and it is my understanding that no amount of cement is okay to spill into the street that eventually goes to the storm drain and into our waterways. It is great that he cleaned the tools and equipment into a hole in the yard, thereby avoiding the bigger discharge that would have resulted from cleanup. Perhaps if he did all of the mixing and other work over the yard there would have been no “small amount of cement spilled into the road.” It is my understanding that the City storm water regulations require zero discharge of pollutants, which might not be the case if one only takes what they consider to be “reasonable precautions.”

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Dana Wyant responds: The level of the property made it impossible to transfer the concrete from the mixer to the wheelbarrows any way other than in the street. The concrete that was spilled was cleaned up with a flat shovel and broom immediately, and none of the residue went into the gutter or storm drain. The only thing left was the stain, which we did not wash down with a hose. Even if it had rained afterward, there was nothing that would have gotten into the gutter or storm drain. As we had put sandbags in the gutter before doing the work, even if there had been larger spills, the concrete would not have entered the storm drain.

As far as any concrete left on the street: when the City is repairing broken water mains, the hole created from the work is filled with concrete and then leveled to the street; it’s then allowed to dry and cure with stains around it — no different than any residue that was left by my small spill.

The Storm Water Department, in their determination, stated that they felt there was a significant discharge into the storm water drain system. How was it determined that the residue in the gutter was even concrete? The fact is that the samples Ms. Flores took were never tested. The residue that she found could have been from someone backwashing a pool or any other possible combination of events, but we will never know since the samples taken were lost.

Clown Council

Mr. Kendrick and the rest of the clowns on city council (including the mayor of El Cajon) should be canned (“I Blow Smoke on Your Law,” “City Lights,” August 27). All of this city government in El Cajon (city council and mayor) are either extreme religious fanatics and/or “a follower.” I say this because one of them votes with the majority because of a fear of causing waves, not because she has her own ideas. (There’s only one woman on the city council.) This city government is one step shy of communism with their pushing of laws that reflect their own beliefs, not the majority’s (i.e., nonsmoking law and others). When the hell is it against the law to smoke outside in public? Obviously, in El Cajon (again, a stupid move).

Also the fact that they have screwed El Cajon taxpayers numerous times in the process. A number of years ago these people (city council and mayor) rejected a request/license from a well-known ice cream shop in the area to conduct business in the downtown area because they wanted a “high-scale eating establishment” in downtown but had to settle for Hometown Buffet instead. Then a few years later the city council bought the old Social Security building on Broadway with federal block grant money for a nonprofit, with expectations of being paid money back via rent from tenants of the building, which backfired, and they had to foreclose on it. (Very bad move.)

These people should be canned; instead, they are reelected. I’m starting to believe the old saying about El Cajon being nothing but crackheads and tweeters [sic]; otherwise, who in their right mind would be voting for them?

In 2004 I moved out of the El Cajon city limits but still consider El Cajon my hometown. (I have lived in the area since 1981.) If I were able to run for El Cajon City Council, these jokers would be afraid of me, considering I’d run for open government and make sure the citizens’ voices of this fine city were heard and every item in a closed council meeting was known to every citizen.

Instead we have this: self-serving lamebrains. What is your preference?

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Heads Up, People

My letter here is directed to people who are convinced that they have no skin in the game (“PUC Loves SDG&E,” “City Lights,” September 3). If this is your thinking, you are deluding yourself, and it just might cost you your home, your belongings, and possibly your very life.

Any fire that starts in the outback will threaten the whole of the North County. Look at the L.A. Station Fire, if you need proof! Every area in San Diego County is in jeopardy! This is not a local fight. Fire is no respecter of borders or property lines.

My next point is that someone sent me an article regarding a recent brushfire that started in Hemet and moved towards Idyllwild. Fire investigators found small bits of ceramic power line insulators and bits of metal strewn about.

Did you know that there are explosive charges at the top of power poles? They are designed to save the power line circuits from overloading and destroying the circuit. When the circuit breaker trips, these explosive charges ignite to blow the wires from the circuit to short-circuit the line.

Now, I submit to you a question: is it not possible that one of these explosive charges could have gone off prematurely or malfunctioned in Hemet, starting the fire? What else could have blown those insulators and metal parts to smithereens? Surely, not a drop of 50 feet from the top of a power pole.

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Josh Board Sept. 16, 2009 @ 4:14 p.m.

Regarding Andrew Cranes letter: Bravo!

Although I think Tarantino's film doesn't deserve a black dot (perhaps just one star, though), it did have some interesting moments. It's hardly QTs best. Most would agree Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and even Reservoir Dogs, were better (two of those are brilliant, near flawless films).

My girlfriend leaned in during the movie and asked why the Nazis let the girl escape. That was odd. But they did explain how she came to own that theatre in France (her aunt and uncle owned it previously).

I don't mind buying the premise that they could be dropped in France and catch Nazis, as Tarantino is just having fun with the subject matter...just as you have to go with the flow when Robert Downey Jr. is putting a heart back into his body in Iron Man. With film, sometimes you throw the realistic stuff out the window and just go with the flow.

But that being said, I wonder why QT has to have these pretentious conversations about French and German filmmakers. It's like he has characters in his movie talk about things HE finds interesting, but nobody else would!

And why the close-ups of the desserts being eaten? You have this tense scene where a Nazi that killed the girls family is sitting across a table from her. She's scared, nervous, angry...and there's a close up of the whipped cream, and the fork cutting the pastry. It's like Tarantino loved "Big Night" and Julia/Julie, and other films where close-ups of food were used to great effect, and he wants them in his movie. The problem is...they don't work, or fit, in this vehicle.

By the end of the movie (which was 30 minutes too long) I felt like I was one of those people trapped in the theatre that was burning down!

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