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Lake Morena caught in crosshairs of San Diego's water policy
Lake Morena caught in crosshairs of San Diego's water policy

Lars and Katherine Mitchell, and their dogs Ralph and Alice, are out for a morning walk beside this lake in the highlands 45 miles east of downtown San Diego. The lake is not very scenic these days. Lars Mitchell knows the reason. "San Diego took the water," he said. "We're the East County, they don't care about us." Mitchell, 52, a contractor, has succinctly hit upon twin facts that have driven San Diego County water policy for 70 years: the region does not own most of its water supply, and water is often a zero-sum business — for every winner there must be a loser. Those ominous realities loom large as San Diego and the rest of the county...

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