I was so disappointed to see T. Keith Gurnee’s Viewpoint (“Laetitia project is a good thing",” Aug. 7) in support of the upper Los Berros Creek Housing development, which would be constructed at the sacrifice of water from our beautiful Los Berros valley.
Our lovely creek, which housed steel-head trout, and numerous other wildlife has already gone dry because our hills are now covered with hundreds of acres of grapevines.
But to endanger all of the family homes and small farms in the valley so that Laetitia can build 101 luxury homes is extreme beyond belief. To have the desires of a wealthy developer put ahead of longtime residents and hard working small farmers not only seems unjust, but it should be illegal.
Many homes in the valley receive their water from wells fed by underground streams flowing through shale. Some of these wells have already gone dry.
I cannot believe that 101 high-end homes would not impact neighboring wells. If Laetitia has water conservation programs, shouldn’t they already be implementing them?
The few advantages of building a cluster of high-end homes is far outweighed by the increased use of natural resources. It would also cause heartbreak to many innocent homeowners.