Monday's editorial prompted me to dust off a letter I wrote to the I.V. Press 10 or 12 years ago. Both writings focused on Valley water.
My letter recounted a meeting with a high-level San Diego County planner and long-term friend while we were helping initiate an historic site to the California Landmark Registry. He commented how the county had several community-size developments going through the planning process at that time. Jokingly, I asked since the reservoirs were usually low, how San Diego would supply the expansions with water.
The joke turned on me when he said: "Don't be stupid! We intend to get it from you. We plan on drying up Imperial Valley. We don't need you; we'll get all the food we want elsewhere. All we want is one extra drop of your water. That'll be our precedent, and from then it'll only be a matter of time before we get the rest."