The Sacramento Bee printed an editorial this weekend that began like this:

If anyone should be concerned about California’s water situation, it’s the leaders of the San Diego County Water Authority.

The Bee pointed to the water authority in its editorial calling for California leaders to take a broader view of the state’s water shortage.

Given their predicament, you’d think San Diego leaders would be heralding one or both proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata to place water bond measures on the February ballot.

They are not. San Diego officials say that neither plan does much for their customers.

“Storage without a way to get the water is useless,” says Jim Bond, the mayor of Encinitas and a member of the San Diego Water Authority.

He’s right. And that’s one reason state leaders need to take a breath, stop the dueling press conferences and drill down on the real challenges California faces in sustaining its water supplies.

ROB DAVIS

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