No more water storage for get-rich-quick developer scams in SoCal

3 Apr

I’ll say now, I am really disappointed in Ryan Schohr’s response to my concerns about water rate increases, but let’s face it, nobody’s perfect.

Schohr responded, essentially, that Cal Water is under onerous state regulations that cause the  rate increases – they are forced by us to provide those pensions and benefits free of cost to their employees? He also feels that our population is growing, growing, growing, and we need to provide a safe water supply.

In my opinion, water company employees, along with other public service employees, need to drop their “I deserve a meal ticket!” attitude and pay their own benefits.  As for population growth – let’s face it, too many of these people are being lured here by developers hoping to make a quick buck. Look at this stuff they’re building in San Diego, a city that does not even have it’s own fresh drinking water supply. These developments are intended specifically to BRING PEOPLE HERE, people for whom they expect us to supply water.


With views to Mexico to the south, the local mountains to the east and one of the most stunningnatural harbors in the world, downtown San Diego’s delightful cityscape is a testament to the last decade of redevelopment and urban revitalization.

New condos Downtown San Diego have had a tremendous impact on the redevelopment of theeight distinct downtown neighborhoods. The construction of downtown San Diego new condos have brought residents to the area who have created a new culture of the downtown neighborhoods.

New Condos Downtown San Diego

Many of the new condos downtown San Diego are being purchased by young professionals, empty nesters looking for a vacation getaway, and people looking for an ideal climate to enjoy life. The multitude of residents purchasing these downtown San Diego new condos enjoy being located perfectly between the San Diego bay and San Diego’s Jewel, Balboa Park.

I am very disappointed in Schohr’s response to this problem. He says we need more water storage. I say, restrict waterless development. Schohr had a conversation with Cal Water manager Mike Pembroke, who gave him a big glass of chlorine smelling Kool Aid. He went on to describe the limits on our water table, but says Cal Water is sinking a couple of new wells a year anyway! To keep up with all the poorly-planned, new urban crap that our council is permitting to keep the revenues coming in to float these ridiculous employee contracts they just signed. Same thing is going on all over the state – in Sacramento, it’s on steroids. 

So, we’ll see what Gallagher has to say in May, but I’m guessing, more of the same fruit punch. 

4 Responses to “No more water storage for get-rich-quick developer scams in SoCal”

  1. Jim April 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    These water projects are basically scams. They don’t create any water, they only store it, and right now the reservoirs we have aren’t full. They keep saying that the water that flows to the ocean is ‘wasted’. No it’s not. Right now we have the bare minimum to protect the health of the rivers and the bay. We already have the aquifer, which is being over pumped by some rice farmers, who then sell that water to SoCa. That needs to stop now. I wasn’t really surprised by Ryan’s position on these issues. As a rice farmer he is use to getting a handout from the government in the form of farm subsidies. Southern California needs to find another source of water, and stop taking ours.

    • Juanita Sumner April 4, 2014 at 4:48 am #

      You’re right. We really need to hold the line on this issue, we need to stand up to nice guys like Ryan and say, No, that’s not what we want.

      My grandfather was a rice farmer, so I’m not completely down on rice farmers, but he explained a lot of this stuff to me as simple greed. Subsidies were sold to farmers by the government back in the 50’s, my gramps saw it coming, but hey, waggle a carrot at a hungry overburdened jackass, and see what happens.

      • Jim April 4, 2014 at 6:45 am #

        I’m not down on rice farmers, or any farmers for that matter. I’m down on the government subsidies.

        Farm subsidies are nothing more than welfare for the rich. Like any welfare, it creates dependence on the government handouts.

      • Juanita Sumner April 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

        My husband and I were just talking about this, driving home through rice country. We don’t know if farmers could make it without some assistance, monetary or otherwise, from the government, but the subsidy programs are not working. They don’t keep the price of food down, and farmers are still complaining about pressure to sell to developers.

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