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Letter to the Editor: MYTHS IN CITY OF ESCONDIDO’S ONLINE WEBSITE

Editor, Times-Advocate:

Many public stakeholders in Escondido observe a number of “myths” are contained in City of Escondido’s online website.   For example, the “Myth de jour” special for today features a description among City Manager duties: “Ensure City services are performed to highest standard, in accordance with Council goals and policies.”

Despite online assurance contained in the City of Escondido’s website that the City Manager’s duty ensures city services are performed to highest standard, public stakeholders observed Mayor Sam Abed directed city staff to do otherwise, during his tenure as mayor.

During 2014, County of San Diego adopted updated Stormwater Discharge Regulations for San Diego County, Mayor Sam Abed specifically directed Public Works to apply only the bare minimum level of compliance necessary in City of Escondido.  By doing so, Mayor Abed set a lesser standard, which reduces Escondido’s capability to control wastewater discharge, apply best practices to minimize potential adverse wastewater impacts, maximize economic benefits.

PATRICIA BORCHMANN, Escondido

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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