Letters to the Editor

Happy New Year!

As you may have heard, the County of San Diego recently selected our company, American Medical Response, to be the exclusive medical response provider for much of the North County coastal region, including Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, as well as the community of Rancho Santa Fe.

As of Jan. 1, when you call 9-1-1 during a medical emergency, AMR will respond to your needs with our dedicated, highly trained medical personnel and the most state-of-the-art life-saving technology.

While we are new to the coastal area, we’ve been serving the San Diego region for more than 65 years, providing the very best patient-focused care on every call we respond to, in every community we work in, on every day of the year.

With AMR, you will benefit from the resources and expertise of the nation’s leading medical transportation company. AMR currently serves 40 states and employs more than 19,000 paramedics, EMT’s, RN’s, and other professionals who care for and transport more than 3 million patients a year.

We look forward to bringing you and your neighbors the highest level of care in the industry, including a brand new fleet of ambulances equipped with the most modern medical equipment.

In addition to transporting patients in emergency and non-emergency situations, we’ll be working with community and healthcare leaders on disaster planning, as well as programs that will help improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community.

Our roots in San Diego County run deep, and our commitment to the communities we serve is demonstrated by our hard-working employees, many of whom are life-long county residents and have been recognized as the best in our industry.

If you ever have any questions or comments about our service, please don’t hesitate to call me at (858) 492-8111 or email me at michael.murphy@amr.net.

Here’s to a safe, happy and healthy new year!

Michael Murphy,

AMR General Manager

 

Connecting the dots

The paper’s Dec. 27 edition carried the following two stories.

The front page described the lack of water in our Lake Hodges reservoir and page 3 reported the Encinitas City Council’s 5-0 vote to replace the missing electricity generation from San Onofre by renewable and efficiency means.

What the paper did not do is recognize the vital connections between these two events. Our water supply is threatened by lack of seasonal rainfall as well as the thinner snow pack in the sierras. The San Diego Foundation has done an extensive study on local water supply and the impacts of climate change. They concluded (1):

· San Diego County will require 37 percent more water than we currently use.

· Our major sources of water — the Colorado River and the rivers of Northern California — could shrink by 20 percent or more.

· Extended and more frequent droughts will diminish local water supplies.

· We could face an 18 percent water shortage by 2050.

Which brings us to solutions, much needed and long overdue. The Encinitas City Council wisely closed ranks around the only viable course to follow: reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and develop renewable sources of energy coupled with more efficient energy use. As one example, our homes, offices and commercial buildings soak up about half of the total energy generated in the U.S. As one who makes buildings more energy efficient, I can tell you that we have yet to scratch the surface on building energy efficiency. And when we make buildings using less energy, it takes a lot less solar energy to make up the remainder. This is where the CPUC and SDG&E have it wrong: building more fossil fuel plants will only delay the urgent development of alternatives like photovoltaics, wind power and energy efficiency industries.

So thanks for publishing both stories. Hope you consider connecting the dots going forward.

Dadla Ponizil,

Encinitas

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