Another point. Early on, most of the news media were under the delusion that this whole protest against SDG&E was about preventing SDG&E from pulling the plug on the folks in the above-mentioned towns. This was incorrect! SDG&E already has the authority to pull the plug. They did so earlier this month up here — three times. SDG&E needs no PUC ruling for this.

However, what they do need is a rule modification that gives them tort immunity from doing so. This means that they can pull the plug and be free from lawsuits!! Great strategy.

So, in a nutshell, SDG&E pulls the plug when certain weather criteria are met. We sit in the dark for 24 hours or longer. A small fire starts and begins to gain momentum. Firefighters arrive only to find that there is no water in the fire hydrants to draw from.

Yes, firefighters have 1000 gallons on board, but how long is that going to last on a quarter-acre fire pushed along in a 50-mile-per-hour windstorm? Small fires don’t stay small in 50-mile-per-hour winds.

The handwriting is on the wall, folks.

In all probability, SDG&E is going to get their tort immunity. Many people in the county are going to pay for this insanity, with more than their checkbook. Little wonder that the PUC is called the largest rubber stamp in California.

No one person, no entity or corporate structure should ever be given full immunity from anything they do. No one, not no way, not nohow.

Not Richard Nixon, not Union Carbide, not Exxon, and not SDG&E. Everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions, no matter how altruistic or well meaning their intentions.

Alain Michel
Valley Center/Pauma Valley

On September 10, the PUC rejected SDG&E’s power shut-off proposal, although giving SDG&E the opportunity to file a new plan. — Editor

Just Another Money Grab

Reference is made to the article entitled “They Have No Concrete Proof,” (“City Lights,” September 3) by Dana Wyant, regarding the couple who did concrete work at their home in Rancho Peñasquitos. Assuming what was related is factual and true, then the action taken by the City of San Diego is outrageous and unfair. It smells of just another creative and shameless way the City digs into its taxpayers’ pockets.

On another parallel, Sunroad Enterprises was found at fault when their Centrum 12 edifice, which was built next to Montgomery Field, exceeded the height restriction. How much was Sunroad required to deposit into the City’s piggy bank in fines?

Name Withheld

September Isn’t Winter

A small but important bit of information (“Best Buys,” August 20). John Hoffman of Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply gave Eve some bum info. Winter squash are not planted in September. They are winter squash because they are hard shell and keep in a cool place for over a year. I have one butternut and one spaghetti squash left from last fall’s harvest, which was about 45 pounds of squash total. Plant them right at the same time as other squash. Gardens are wonderful, particularly for the food and tranquility they offer.

Greg Gieselman
OB/Point Loma

Try Me

Occasionally I find P.S. Mueller’s cartoons in your publication. The last one was truly pathetic!! They are not only poorly drawn but have no humor attached to them. Hopefully you are not paying Mr. Mueller for these pathetic and amateurish cartoons. I am a cartoonist myself and have been drawing for over 40 years. Mine are funny and far better looking than Mr. Mueller’s. I would be more than happy to send some to you for your viewing pleasure. How about it?

Jerry Sackett
via email

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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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