Feb. 9: Letters to the Editor

Does the deluge mean lower water rates?

It was with great pleasure that we read the recent article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review in which Michael Bardin, general manager of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, pointed out that Lake Hodges possibly could “fill and spill this spring.” Since the district owns a share of the water, local rainfall means a greater supply of cheaper, local water for the district and its customers, according to the article. We also noted Mr. Bardin feels the district “could make money if Hodges spills over.”

Does this mean customers now can look forward to the lowering of the massive rate hikes the district has imposed on us over the past six months, and the elimination of the future one?

Cindy Baker,

Joanne Fishman

Rancho Santa Fe

The loss of trees and vegetation in RSF concerning

I’m concerned – so many people, who are building homes in our rural paradise, are removing trees, underbrush and vegetation from their acreage. Why did they purchase lots in Rancho Santa Fe, if they didn’t want trees and vegetation?

The old art jury was quite extreme and undemocratic but preserved our oasis. Is the current committee over compensating and by allowing clear cutting in the Ranch? Can we expect high-rise condominiums next?

Let’s make Rancho Santa Fe green again!

Art Woodrow

Rancho Santa Fe

Schools should be made safe for all

On Jan. 20, during a Torrey Pines/Canyon Crest Academy basketball game, a group of students began chanting “Build that Wall.” When I heard about this, I contacted the school administrators, who confirmed the incident occurred. As this was the second time a San Dieguito Unified High School District (SDUHSD) athletic event featured a group of students chanting “Build that Wall,” I also asked the administration to send out a public notice indicating they were aware of the incident and reaffirming the district’s commitment to a safe and supportive school environment for all students. Unfortunately, school administrators chose to remain silent. And not only silent, but somewhat disingenuous. When Marsha Sutton wrote her article after the election titled “Stop the Hate,” she indicated she had asked school administrators if there were any issues that had occurred on any of the SDUHSD school campuses involving harassment or hate speech. She was told that there were none. This despite the fact that at the last board meeting it was acknowledged that before the election the administration was aware of an incident at a Torrey Pines football game in which students also chanted “Build that wall.”

Fast forward to Feb. 2 when students at Canyon Crest Academy coordinated an event on campus protesting the President’s travel ban. Parents were aware of the event before it even happened. How and why? Because the principal at CCA sent out an e-mail to the parents notifying them of the “peaceful, silent march” – and those are his words, not mine. Furthermore, in addition to notifying parents, he assured us that he had “met with the students involved and discussed appropriate parameters” for their activity. This doesn’t make sense to me. A peaceful event supporting a safe, supportive, and inclusive school environment regardless of ethnicity mandates an email in advance warning parents? And even offering students who might be offended by the protest an alternate location to eat lunch? But chant “Build that wall” – there is no email, no notification, no affirmation that SDUHSD schools are safe for all, and no public acknowledgement of the event or that administration even met with the students who yelled this form of hateful speech. But, apparently (and for which they want us to be thankful), our administration is concerned enough about our children that when a peaceful event occurs, they make sure to talk to the students involved ahead of time and warn the parents via e-mail. It appears that if they are truly concerned about making schools safe they are doing so only for some -- but not for all.

Rajy Abulhosn

Carmel Valley