Water swap should have been studied closely 

Leaders at both the Santa Clara Water District and the Alameda County Water District oppose Kern County selling some of its water rights to Cargill/DMB in order to make possible the proposed massive Saltworks development on the Redwood City bayfront.

In March 2010, Cargill/DMB consultants introduced the Kern County water trade to the Redwood City Council in a report analyzing whether the proposed development was preliminarily feasible, or whether there were insurmountable obstacles.

Back then the consultants, Redwood City staff and the council all made clear that it was very important to have a preliminary analysis of feasibility before valuable resources and city staff time was spent on a full environmental impact report.  Now we learn that the proposed Kern County swap likely cannot be implemented.  Cargill/DMB needs to go back and prove its water supply feasibility before proceeding any further.

Kaia Eakin
Redwood City


Jobs is no King Jr.

Star Parker’s Sunday comparison of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and high-tech business innovator Steve Jobs is a stretch — and off-putting at best.

Credit Jobs as an innovator, sure, but King traveled the country risking his life to be a voice for millions of Americans — those with the least privilege and power racially and economically.

King’s dream was one of equality and basic human dignity, and his legacy is one of self-sacrifice and service. Steve Jobs may have had dreams that have impacted millions of Americans — but those millions are primarily the already economically privileged, and Jobs has never risked his life for them.

Yes, both men have been in the news, but any comparisons beyond that are unmerited. It’s almost like comparing Mother Teresa to Cindy Crawford for their contributions to humanity.

Bethany Lockhart
San Francisco

Rethink commission suit

Nobody sued the San Francisco Fire Department for hosing water on houses during the 1906 earthquake because of water damage to belongings in the houses it saved from fire (like my uncle’s home on Turk Street).

Maybe we shouldn’t be too hasty to sue the Public Utilities Commission for dumping rocks and concrete on the beach side of the zoo to save it — and perhaps the houses on 48th Avenue too. We should consider all aspects of the environmental dilemma.

Al Ujcic
San Francisco

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