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Illegal Campaign Cash Tied To 4 Prominent San Diego Politicians

I didn't know that foreign nationals are prohibited from giving to IECs. I thought they were only disallowed to donated directly to campaigns. I guess Citizens United is very slightly less of a disaster than I understood it to be.

January 22, 2014 at 2:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, County Politicians Squabbling Over Lake Morena Reservoir

The numbers are striking in this story. Two billion gallons of water will be withdrawn over about five months. The City of San Diego wastewater recycling project, which has been very well proven to be safe and cost effective, would provide anywhere from 15 million to 100 million gallons of drinking water per day, depending on the size of the plant. Taking the lowest possible estimate: two billion divided by 15 million means that, if approval for construction of a full-scale potable water reuse plant at the existing North City reclamation plant, that plant would produce the same amount of water to be drawn down from Lake Morena in... wait for it... just under five months. The potable reuse facility would not be a one-shot deal, either. It would continue operating for many years, producing at the very least two billion gallons of drinking water every five months. So the question becomes: Since millions of dollars have been spent to build a small-scale demonstration plant that has proven the efficacy and safety of potable water reuse, why the heck are we not moving forward with a much larger plant now?

The Poseidon plant under construction right now in Carlsbad will desalinate about 50 million gallons of water per day in North County, so why is San Diego taking short-sighted measures such as draining remote emergency reservoirs while making no equivalent progress on the construction of a water reuse plant that will provide the city with much-needed drinking water, create high-paying construction jobs, help to stabilize the city's future water supply, and reduce the amount of not-fully-processed wastewater that the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant is pumping into the Pacific Ocean?

January 22, 2014 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Day In The Imperial Valley Helping Migrants Unseen

CaliforniaDefender: Your concern is not unreasonable. Many of us at Water Station have thought about that at one time or another. But the fact is that, when John deployed the first stations thirteen years ago, people were dying left and right in the desert of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Today, that number is close to zero. We can't know what role our work has played in that statistical decline, but the numbers show us with a high degree of confidence that our work does not cause an increase in deaths.

I'm not sure what you meant when you said, "more burden and threats to local homeowners and law enforcement" but I can assure you that, in the areas where we operate, there are no homes; simply miles and miles of hot, dry, unnavigable desert.

Thank you to KPBS for broadcasting this story. It's easy for people to get caught up in abstract rhetoric around the immigration debate and forget that human beings are literally dying to get into this country to try and make a better life for them and their families. Hopefully this helped to remind a few people of the human lives that are affected and even lost every day along the nearly 2,000-mile US-Mexico border.

October 10, 2013 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner's Lawyer Asking For City To Pay Lawsuit Fees

If he resigned to spare the city the spectacle of a sitting mayor describing in intimate detail all of the stupid things that he's (allegedly) done, I'd be ok with the city paying his legal defense fees.

July 30, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Marriage License Appointments Start Today For Same-Sex Couples In San Diego

Perhaps Clerk Dronenberg has a non-conventional definition of the word "immediately." I hope that we don't see any more delays like we saw on Friday.

July 1, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

9th Circuit Lifts Stay On Gay Marriages

So, what's the deal with the San Diego County Clerk? Are their fax machines, computers, and phones all broken? Because apparently they didn't get the message. They were refusing to make appointments for gay couples after the stay was lifted and said that they still needed further instruction from the state.

June 28, 2013 at 11:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prop. D Wins Support Of San Diego Chamber

The chamber of commerce pandering to unions?? I know it's still early, but that's the most absurd thing I've heard all day.

October 13, 2010 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )