Ramon Arellano's employer is training him to use a computer and he wonders why. A tall and burly man of 36, Arellano bosses lettuce crews in Imperial Valley through winter, Huron into late spring, Salinas during summer and Yuma in November. His wife and their children of 15, 8 and 3 years reside in housing affordable Phoenix, where he visits them when he can, or los Arellanos arrange a rendezvous with extended family in Mexicali.
San Diego County Water board Chairman James Turner, writing in the San Diego Union-Tribune offers that "we are working with farmers, community and business leaders in Imperial Valley," in order that a water transfer agreement will see "truth … that Imperial Valley must be fully compensated for any and all impacts of the water transfer."
Retired from city management and the direction of Oceanside's sewer and water treatment plants, while seated on the SDCWA board since 1986, Chairman Turner spoons a bromide, "efforts to promote water conservation throughout the county," is part of a diversified mix of resource allocation and he attempts to chump the reader with "San Diegans are using the same amount of water as we did 10 years ago."