Beginning in 1964, I participated in the Sun Village Waterworks District project. In contrast to the prejudice averred in your article, we in the L.A. County engineer's department worked hard to provide the remote desert enclave with municipal water.
I was responsible for engineering Jackie Robinson Park. Ever since junior high, Robinson had been a hero of mine, as when he tore up the gridiron for UCLA. I followed him religiously when he broke Major League Baseball's color line.
Jackie Robinson Park was a labor of love. I really gold-plated the work, drilling a huge well so there'd be an ample water supply and installing beautiful landscaping. When Robinson came for the dedication, he asked who was responsible and was told about the work of various politicians. He said, "No, who did the work?" He came over to thank me and had a picture taken with me.