July 25, 1889
The Redlands "Citrigraph," in speaking of the recent editorial convention, says: "We are of the opinion that every editor in the party went home with new ideas about the importance of San Diego. Our own opinion has never changed in the least, as to its future. We do not approve of the policy displayed by many of her citizens in the past, but that policy is now changing, and changing for the better. Had one-fourth the energy and money spent in building up the city, been put upon her magnificent back country, San Diego to day would occupy a far better position that she does. Irrigation and cultivation should be her watchword. With thousands of tons of food products to be exported instead of imported, her bay would be vexed with the keels of ten vessels where she now has one. Let her newspapers pursue the policy of placing every immigrant possible out in the county where they will become producers instead of consumers, and San Diego will have taken a very long step ahead."