Source: Valley Roadrunner

A little understanding and effort can go a long way

by Kim Harris, Staff writer

July 24, 2014

Itís been a while since Iíve written an editorial for the Valley Roadrunner, but being how editor Jessica Self is on vacation this week, I thought I would take an opportunity to air my opinion on a couple of things that have been on my mind lately.

First of all, let me just say that the recent appeals court decision to uphold an earlier decision in the ongoing dispute between the CCC Interest Group and Valley Center Pauma Unified School District, reinforces my belief that this needs to be put behind us. It may not be a popular opinion, but frankly, I believe moving forward with a second appeal to the Supreme Court would be a waste of time, resources and our tax dollars

With that said, I agree, due to the documentation I have reviewed that the school board may have violated the Brown Act, and CEQA by failing to post an EIR before any action was taken. But to continue to force the board to defend themselves in lawsuits is a waste of resources in terms of money that can be better spent on our students, teachers and our schools. Simply put, itís time to let it go and move forward for the betterment of our students and our community.

In this particular editorial, the school board doesnít get off free and clear either. I would ask that the school board set aside a space for a plaque commemorating the historical value of the property, and yes, perhaps even some educational information on how the CCC Camp contributed to the history of the local community. I understand the need for a sports field, but honestly, how much space could a few plaques and signs possibly take up?

Itís time to stop throwing stones at one another and work together to help Valley Center continue to thrive.

On to the drought, this is a serious problem facing all Californians, not just San Diego County or the local community. Numerous reports have stated that wells to the north will dry up within a year if something is not done. Eventually this fact will have a trickledown effect locally so this is the Valley Roadrunnerís call to the community to conserve one of our most precious natural resources.

We are doing our part here in the Harris household by turning off our sprinklers and using graywater captured in our showers and laundry room to water our lawn. Weíve shortened our kidsí shower times by half and are currently working on changing our yard from water-hogging grass to a drought-resistant landscape. We recently completed installation of water conserving faucets throughout our house and have stopped using our dishwasher, opting instead to do our dishes the way we taught our kids while camping, with soapy water, rinse water and a third dishpan of bleach water, and yes, we are recycling that water as well.

Statistics show that 2013 was Californiaís driest year on record. In January, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and asked all Californians to redouble efforts to conserve water. Our farmers are suffering, our food prices are increasing and the fire threat is astronomical. This is a serious problem that wonít go away without rainfall and our assistance.

While we canít control how much precipitation falls from the sky, we certainly can control how much water we consume. So we at the Valley Roadrunner are imploring all of our readers to follow the rules under the water restrictions. If we all work together we can see Valley Center and the great state of California continue to flourish.