Letter to the Editor

A serious issue

Paso RoblesJune 20, 2013 

I have lived on the Central Coast on and off since 1971, and I am very concerned about the lack of serious attention to the water problems in all of Central and Southern California.

When I graduated from high school in Anaheim, every other block in town as well as the surrounding countryside was orange groves, strawberry fields, truck farms and small dairies. This was fertile soil with a 365-day growing season and “we” were already importing water from Northern California and the Colorado River.

Have we learned nothing from the development of the megalopolis that now extends well into Ventura County?

I now live in Paso Robles and have a small business here. I have several friends and clients who live east of town. All are distressed about the diminishing water table, and some have dry wells. Elected officials seem “concerned” but paralyzed in the face of the coming crisis. I cannot fathom the priorities of local politicians, and I’m trying very hard not to be cynical here. From the proposed Spanish Springs in Pismo to the mega-vineyards of North County, elected officials are not acting responsibly on basic environmental protections.

They say they are “studying” the issues, but the development continues. Will someone in power please take this seriously? Board of Supervisors? When’s the next election?

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