Here are a few newsy bits from the week:

  • The San Diego County Water Authority agreed yesterday to spend $30,000 on this study of a possible seawater desalination plant in Mexico.
  • Environmental groups released a report card yesterday grading city and county officials on their greenness. County officials fared worse than their counterparts at the city of San Diego. Supervisors Greg Cox and Pam Slater-Price earned B-minuses; Dianne Jacob a C; and Ron Roberts and Bill Horn earned C-minuses.

At the city, current and former council members Ben Hueso, Donna Frye, Scott Peters and Toni Atkins received As. Jim Madaffer scored an A-minus; Kevin Faulconer and Tony Young received Cs. Brian Maienschein got a C-plus. Mayor Jerry Sanders pulled down a B-plus. The folks from the League of Conservation Voters are talking about the scores over in Cafè San Diego. The grades, by the way, are based on how these officials vote on environmental issues, not how green they are in their personal lives.

  • John Willett’s nicknames didn’t make their way into my story today. Most commonly, he’s Dirtman, because everyone sees him out tromping through the dirt in the Otay Valley Regional Park. He’s also been dubbed the Guardian of the Park. Supervisor Greg Cox lauded his father-in-law as the park’s Johnny Appleseed.

If you’re ever driving through Chula Vista, Willett’s the guy in front of you doing the speed limit in the silver Toyota Tacoma with the tags that say “OVRP.”


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