SD Mayor Sanders Refuses Fed Request to Test Sewage for Cocaine Use
by Eric Nielsen 11.23.06
Local rag the Reader is reporting that Mayor Sanders has denied a request by the Feds to check wastewater for metabolic traces of cocaine. Apparently 34 other US cities have agreed (David Murray, special assistant to national drug czar John P. Walters, would not tell the the identities of other cities) to this effluent screening which can give the government information on which communities have a problem with the drug. Another failed idea and a waste of cash, this new "War On Drugs" policy is being implemented by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The mayor seems to be trying to downplay the story. His press secretary said that he didn't think that this is the kind of thing the people of San Diego would want to be involved with and we think he's right on. The Reader tried to frame this story within another issue of toilet to tap water. Impying that if there's coke in the water we shouldn't be trying to implement a toilet to tap water program.
Jim Holman, SD Catholic, runs the Reader which is the 3rd largest alternative paper in the US. He was also the principal backer of the recent prop 85 (to the tune of 2.6 million dollars), which failed, to limit abortion rights in California.
original SD Reader piece