|Are they using proper terminology?|
Of course, there are those skeptics among us who insist that any effort to curb widely used and sometimes colorful language in order to change the public's perception of certain problems is actually an attempt to get people to shut up about it. That adjusting terminology fixes nothing, and rather is little more than an attempt to disguise unpleasant facts. The term "political correctness" is often used by those taking a dim view of practices such as vernacular reinvention and language modification.
Or was used. That term "political correctness" having fallen into disfavor in many circles for some of the very same reasons described above.
In this week's City Manager's Report an attempt is made to grapple with the soon to be incorrect term "leakers." Here is how this is broken down for you:
Use of the term "leaker" has been used for years by Water Department staff to describe water mains or combinations of water mains and house services that require more frequent than usual visits by staff to repair leaks. As we have spoken publically about infrastructure needs, we have used the term publically. This, we realize now, was an error, as it has led some members of the community to believe that we have a network of pipe that leaks constantly. That is not the case; what we have intended to say is that these mains are of such a condition that leaks occur more frequently than in other areas of the system. While we remain unswerving in our statements that parts of the water distribution system need to be replaced, we want to get away from the use of the term "leakers" and utilize something that is perhaps less convenient to say but is more descriptive or accurate. We will begin to utilize terms such as "high maintenance mains" or "priority replacement mains."
So there you go. I guess the only matter needing clearing up now would be if these "high maintenance mains" are called that because they are leakers.
Burkles Bursting In Air
Last Sunday we had a lively discussion about the current ownership situation of the market formerly known as Howie's. The surprising revelation being that the property is apparently now under the partial aegis of the Fresh & Easy supermarket chain, a financially troubled outfit now having its plug pulled by British parent corporation Tesco.
However, there was at least one sunny commenter who believed that these Fresh & Easy markets might actually survive in some form here, mostly due to the intercession of U.S. billionaire Ron Burkle. Here is what was said:
One can google Tesco and as recent as last week Ron Burkle billionaire is in talks with Tesco to buy the failing chain. His motive is to bring back the Wild Oats chain which was bought out by Whole Foods. So it may be possible to see a WO or a WF in the near future. WO is a smaller footprint and specialty niche organic foods provider.
Now I am not sure what the major DIC players have been telling some of the more unhappy investors they recruited into what became known as the Montecito Development LLC, but it doesn't look like Ron Burkle is going to be saving them any time soon. This from The Financial Times earlier this month (link):
Tesco hopes fading for sale of US Fresh & Easy chain - Hopes are fading for a sale of Tesco’s US business Fresh & Easy, even as the retailer closes in on a joint venture agreement in China.
With no deal yet struck in the US, two people familiar with the situation suggested that the most likely outcome would be a closure or break-up of the California-based operation.
Analysts said the prospect of shutting Fresh & Easy, or dismantling it piecemeal, raised the possibility of Tesco incurring more costs than the £1bn write down it announced in April.
Tesco had been thought to be close to a sale of Fresh & Easy to Yucaipa, the investment vehicle of US billionaire Ron Burkle.
However, the talks have stalled, several people familiar with the situation said. The sticking point in conversations with buyers has been Tesco’s desire for a clean break from the US. The company wants to avoid it or its shareholders retaining liabilities for Fresh & Easy after an exit.
There had been some newspaper speculation last June that Burkle would be buying Fresh & Easy, but such a happy outcome appears to no longer be the case.
Which may mean that a large ownership share of the Howie's property could be going back on the market, and soon.