I’ve got one for you? With California in the midst of a major drought, who pays for water loss when construction workers break water mains causing mass flooding and loss of water? I thought about this today while I was watching the evening news. The lead story in most newscasts on TV & Radio was all about a water main break in Downtown San Diego at First Avenue & F Streets. It seems a construction company is responsible for the break, and should shoulder the blame for the water loss. After all, aren’t we threatened with fines if we are caught wasting water? What could be more of a waste than having a water main broken? We know the crew didn’t intentionally break the “main,” but that “goes with the flow,” so to speak. There should be more careful consideration when doing such work, especially during the drought!
Put in a call to your city, county and state legislators. Let them know how you think. PLEASE don’t take that California laid back attitude. We have to look out for each other. Don’t let things like this go away without notice and penalty. Amen!
I grew up a boxing fan. I always wanted to be a boxer. When I was a TV Sportscaster I sparred with some of the sports greatest. I always hated the “dark side” of the sport…the many punks and thugs and crooks and creeps who “walked the halls” of boxing arena’s coast to coast and border to border. When I lived and worked in Philly I got too close to the sport and had legal problems because of people like Don King and his many shyster pals. But, I still loved the “game,” the sport, and most of all the boxers. From Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to Tex Cobb and so many others. Now, after the Pacquiao-Mayweather fiasco on Saturday I am finally “kissing the sport good-bye.” I purposely waited to write this blog so I could let the anger and other negative, hateful feelings subside. I was one of the millions who paid to see the circus. I have never liked the Floyd Mayweathers of the sports world. There are others like him, in other sports, as well. They play and participate ONLY for the money…One-time Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson once told me that when the “mob” ran the fight game ALL was good…but when the promoters and other slime got involved the sport began it’s slow slide into oblivion. There is NO Room anymore for the “clean,” honest promoters like my friend Bobby DePhilippis, here in San Diego. His dad once promoted the Ali-Ken Norton fight. But, those days are gone…I can see why so many have turned to those glove-less gladiators who mix marshall arts with a street fighting aura. Just keep the Don Kings and other slimeballs away from the sport, or better yet–use the boxing promoters as “practice meat” before they climb into the cages around sporting America to beat each other up! Tennis Anyone?
The other day I wrote, on my blog, about the California drought. I suggested we spend our money on desalination plants, instead of a billion dollar football stadium. The ocean is sitting there waiting for us to “tap into it!” The first desalination plant in America will soon be ready in Carlsbad. But that plant, I am told, will only make salt-free water available to less than 10% of our growing San Diego area population. We cam also used reclaimed water. It has been proven that the method used to purify this “brand” of water is “foul proof…” We would just have to get use to it. After all, when you don’t have something, accepting the alternative becomes a necessity. I also said that the wealthy in Rancho Santa Fe, Palm Springs and other affluent areas had to “come on board” and join the rest of us in preserving what we have. To check things out I took a drive today in and around Rancho Santa Fe and THE FARMS and a few other neighborhoods populated by the Wealthy. I was disturbed. I stopped counting at 30 before I quit keeping track. The grass in those communities was greener than Bill Gates bank accounts. I hope the state and county inspectors are writing tickets. Many of those who are ticketed don’t care. Their checks are aplenty! Maybe the inspectors should carry wrenches with them so they can shut down the pipes! You can bet the lawyers will be busy and the water will continue to flow. Hey, PEOPLE, and that means ALL of US—we have to take this drought thing seriously. As I said in my previous blog NASA scientists are predicting that we will be out of “useful” water by sometime next year if this drought continues. IF you see violators violating do something about it. Call me. I will bring my wrenches along and help you out.
I LOVE San Diego!!! It’s just not the weather, but the people and the atmosphere. I lived on the east coast a long time and the fast pace was okay, but I have become accustomed to the slower pace (well, life’s pace, not the I-5). I am, though, bothered by the way our City Council does most of it’s business. I have always been a fan of the Council, since they honored me twice with Rod Luck Day in San Diego when I was working full time at KUSI. I appreciated their recognition, and paid them back by promoting “America’s Finest City.” I am, though, worried about some of the decisions made by THIS Council. The most recent “debacle” was the approval of the “ONE PASEO” mixed-use project in Carmel Valley. The project includes the construction of stores and eateries, theatre, office space, over 600 apartment units, shops and parking, plus much more. The developer, Kilroy Realty, has spent hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of dollars spewing propaganda why this project is good for Carmel Valley and San Diego, in general. The City Council voted 7-2 to approve the deal, which “smells” of some “backroom dealing!” The only two descending votes came from Sherri Lightner and Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald. Both Lightner and Emerald are probably sleeping much better than their 7 cohorts. They voted with their conscience. Anybody in their right, civic mind would have sent this “raw deal” back to the Kilroy people in a shredded pile of “no thank you’s!!!” I’m not saying the other council members, let’s call them the “unleaven seven,” are or were “on the take,” financially, but hoodwinked by some sharp rhetoric and future promises to be delivered “down the road.” It happens all the time. John Moores and his sidekick, Larry Lucchino, used every tactic possible to sell the media, council and eventually the voters, on the Petco deal. Petco Park is a great asset, but the voters will be paying for a long while on that promise. So, where are we on the ONE-PASEO fiasco? The opponents have handed over boxes of signatures that need to be verified in order to override the Council vote and get this project before the voters. In return, the ONE-PASEO posse has done the same with collections of signatures from those who voted and asked to have their signature removed from the recall petitions. We’ll all know the signature verification outcome sometime in April. IF the “good guys” win PLEASE vote against this abomination. IF it passes, and becomes reality, I will promise you your neighborhood’s are next. If you don’t want to become another L.A., then be prepared to keep Kilroy from being San Diego’s Killjoy!