In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Some East County residents are concerned about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build a pair of 37-mile-long tunnels that would convey water from the Sacramento River south of Sacramento near Courtland to Clifton Court Forebay near Byron, bypassing the Delta. Tunnel proponents argue that it would provide water to needy residents in Southern California and farmers in the Central Valley, while being located farther upstream than past plans so the conveyance of Delta water wouldn't bring salt water in from the bay and alter the ecosystem. Do you agree with Brown's plan or would you prefer an alternative plan? If so, why?
ARE PEOPLE MORE important than fish? That is the central question. Any water taken from the delicate ecosystem that is the Delta will cause change. We have imperfect understanding of life systems anyhow, so there will be unforeseen consequences. Personally, I would prefer that Southern California look elsewhere for its water needs -- such as ocean desalting plants -- and leave our working system alone.
SOUNDS LIKE IT is going to cost millions of dollars. If they decide to do this, the added cost should be put to the customers whom it is going to benefit. Have you looked at your summer water bill? Outrageous! There is always something that they don't tell you. It's their dirty little secret about how much is it going to cost the citizens.
OH THOSE SOUTHERN Californians cry, and the governor jumps! Just how do you take water out of the river system and not have a back flow from the bay? Solution -- don't allow Southern California to build beyond its ability to provide the utilities.
I AM NO marine biologist, but it appears to me that regardless of where the water is sucked from, it will still allow saltwater to come up river.
If there is less water going down river, the tides will simply pull it the other way. It appears to me that what will really happen is that a better quality of water will go down south and our water here in the Delta will continue to be compromised. That being said, with the Democratic super majority in Sacramento, this is a done deal, unless we all step up to the plate and be heard.
THE GOVERNOR IS at it again -- trying to steal our Delta water. Instead of a building a couple of huge tunnels, he should take the billions he plans to spend and build a couple of desalinization plants in Southern California. Then, he can have all the Pacific Ocean he wants and it won't destroy our natural water system. Then, Los Angeles can water their lawns to their heart's content!
This week's question:
This week Antioch Mayor Wade Harper will lead a community forum to look for solutions to the rising crime problems in Antioch. What areas do you think the police should focus on and what solutions, suggestions do you have to clean up crime in the area?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.