Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, wrote in his article ("Valley residents think air is worse than it really is," Aug. 13, Page B-5) that valley air quality ratings are better now than in the 1980s. That might be true, but there is a bigger reduction of pollution using state planning. California needs the foresight to recognize that putting a bedroom community in a bowl-shaped area creates health and land-use problems.
The Bay Area cities didn't create an infrastructure for their communities as they looked at the open land over the Altamont. If the Central Valley was part of the ocean, how many high-rise condos would be part of the Bay cities' landscapes?