The folks in charge of the San Diego County Water Authority insist they are our friends, that they have no nefarious plans for our water supply.
That may be true, but if that is the message they want to send, they are not necessarily picking the best people to send it.
Rick Strobel was the first person hired by the SDCWA to be a liaison to the local community. While Strobel has lots of local ties and can be a charming fellow, he had long been a loud proponent of a water transfer that many felt would not benefit the community in general. Strobel, to his credit, seems to be keeping his personal opinions to himself and walking the party line when it comes to SDCWA matters.
Recently it was announced that the SDCWA had hired Grace Sesma and Jerry Gauna as its liaisons to the Hispanic community in the Imperial Valley. Both Sesma and Gauna have long histories of community involvement and both are engaging people. Both are eminently likable and have countless connections.