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Wednesday, May 14, 2008 | I read the Steve Francis campaign mailer on the environment, and sent him the following email. I found it silly at best, and perhaps foolish.

I just read your mailer “Steve Francis: Committed to a Greener San Diego”. I have been hoping you would provide some specific examples in your campaign commercials, but this mailer has some really silly elements.

For a small example, the bullet to restore the urban canopy disregards our current water shortage. I know a eucalyptus tree draws in 40 liters of water a day; where will your public-private partnership get that water?

Public transit is a bigger example. The city does not own the local buses (MTS does), nor the taxis (privately owned). The buses are already converted to alternative energy engines (CNG). The “cutting edge rapid transit network” is already here, it consists of cars and our road system. Nothing else can approach their effectiveness and efficiency.

The biggest bit of foolishness is the bullet to fight global warming. Unless you plan to change the solar output of the sun, you are just fooling yourself.

I was hoping to vote for you, but so far it is not looking good.

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