in his Fifth Term, Big Bill as Entrenched as he Ever Was
Speaking in a cavernous jet hangar at busy McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, intermittently interrupted by planes taking off, framed by a U.S. flag so large it could fly over an auto park, General - er, Supervisor - Horn was looming larger than life.
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#1 Mar 17, 2013
This UT "news" article would be better described as an "attack piece" but it may be that Bill Horn has earned the criticism by his failure to bring home the best bacon of all; plentiful cheap clean water for his constituents.
Twenty years of tolerating the absurdly inappropriate planning/design of County flood control managers is proof positive that the Board of Supervisors is collectively deficient in common sense or personal integrity. Piling bond debt upon the public to build stormwater infrastructure for land developers whose windfall profits exceed that bond is obviously a criminal offense. If Bill has not spoken out strongly against County policies that defy State water law then he deserves to be replaced. He should have recognized that the Public Works chiefs were grossly misinforming their bosses.
Competent news reporters not constrained by job security fears would have exposed this game long ago so that voters had a clear view of how well their politicians were managing their land-water-energy. But capable reporters understand that editors also have bosses who will replace them if the cosy relationship between politicians and speculators posing as "land developers" is investigated too closely. And reporters are just as good as politicians at convincing themselves it is best to avoid being fired by not digging too deeply into the can of worms that is County Government.
Why has Bill Horn been singled out for ridicule? Could it be that he does not listen well to land developers? Or does he listen too closely to professional liars serving the 'wrong' land developers, those who focus on North County?
Whichever; His failure to push County Flood Control into doing the job assigned by the 1945 Legislature (the last one to be dominated by capable and honest politicians) has discredited him with constituents who now recognize the game; - Forcing the public to pay extortion prices for land-water-energy by dumping their precious rainwater to the ocean at much greater expense than storing it for their use.
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