Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 | As F. Scott Fitzgerald observed: “The rich are different from you and me.” Councilmember Scott Peters continues to demonstrate his aptness with his “noblesse oblige” water use. A majority of people in his district live in condos, apartments and houses on one-tenth the land of his (very wealthy wife Lynn’s) La Jolla estate. Many San Diego homeowners are responding to the water crisis by replacing their water-hungry lawns with native plants or cactus, but the Peters have even upped their water consumption of late. It may be that the water hypocrisy has been laid unfairly on Mr. Peters, that the grounds and tennis court are his wife’s “thing.” But Peters has shown his own “noblesse oblige” as Council President. He has been described as “never seeing a development project he didn’t like.” In University City, Peters unsuccessfully tried to strong arm a hugely expensive and useless bridge through the heart of Rose Canyon and has consistently supported development projects even though infrastructure and green space are lacking. It’s about time to elect a representative who isn’t so different from the rest of us.

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