I strongly disagree with your opinion that raising sewer and water rates make sense (April 23 Editorial: "Proposed water/sewer rate increase makes sense.")
My hometown is Exeter, Calif. It is a small farming community in the Central Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada. Let us compare the utility rates between Exeter and Pleasanton.
* Sewer: Exeter, $18 per month; Pleasanton, $60.61
* Water: Exeter, $20 per month; Pleasanton, $54.45
Pleasanton's rates are about three times higher than Exeter's and you propose that a rate hike makes sense? What makes sense here? Exeter has to pump the water, pump the sewage, treat the sewage and maintain the system just as Pleasanton does.
With a large portion of the population out of work or working for less, the emphasis should be on how to provide more for less, not less for more.
You can confirm what I have stated by going to www.cityofexeter.com. Exeter's population has been growing over the years with people from Los Angeles and the Bay Area fed up with this type of abuse. Exeter is looking more and more attractive to me but with one exception. It still resides in California, a state more concerned about protecting the Delta smelt than providing its citizens with water, and a state not capable of providing a reasonable balanced budget.