|Water Wise Owl running ID numbers.|
But if you want to read scintillating news like Sierra Fitness is expanding to bigger quarters, or bears visited Assemblyman Holden's office (I was kind of hoping it was the FBI, but then the MVN would never have printed anything about it), then you know the information source to turn to for that kind of bumpkin bait.
But every once in a while something of relevance does get out. They aren't quite as swift as they claim at the MVN, and actual news can sneak through despite their vigilance against publishing anything but pablum for the toys in the attic set.
|W.W. Owl checks very thoroughly|
However, at the very end of this article, there is some revealing information. Here is what it says:
Please RSVP to Laura Aguilar at City Hall during regular business hours of 11 am to 5:30 pm on Monday to Thursday. If you are able to attend, we've been requested to provide your name as it appears on your driver's license and your driver's license number to DWR for security purposes. This information will not be shared with anyone else.
Oh dear. They won't share your information with anyone else? Then how exactly are they going to check those driver's license numbers? Do they have their own data bank of numbers to check your driver's license #s against? Has H20 Owl been snooping?
C'mon, they're going to check your identity with either Sacramento, Homeland Security or I.C.E. Or who knows, maybe all three. Perhaps even some agencies nobody has heard about yet. Of course they're going to share your numbers. Why else would they be asking for them? The only question being how many people will get to look them over as they are run through various government computer banks.
Really, would you trust a government water district with your personal identity? Especially one that has abused this town as badly as the SGVMWD has? Or how about City Hall for that matter? Personally, I'd much prefer to stay home.
The only other thing I can figure is that the SGVMWD has maintained some sort of black list because they don't want to see any of their more outspoken critics eating a free box lunch on their dime. But who really knows.
Prominent water officials want you to save water. But do they save water? Nah.
link). And investigate they do. Just so you know, Mr. Williams is the guy who originally broke the story about our own H. Susan Henderson getting bounced from her executive position at the California State Democratic Party for certain "ethical shortcomings" (link). He also uncovered the story about the nearly $200,000 in campaign cash Chris Holden "donated" to get a senior position in our State Assembly (link). All good stuff. And now Lance Williams has come up with another great story. Big time water officials who are some of the worst hypocrites that ever lived.)
California water officials aren’t following own call for conservation: Mike Soubirous is a prodigious water user, pumping more than 1 million gallons per year at his lushly landscaped home on a hot, windy Southern California hilltop.
Soubirous also is a member of the Riverside City Council, which in July voted unanimously to impose tough new water conservation rules in this desert city of 317,000.
Last month at Riverside Councilman Mike Soubirous’ home, sprinklers were seen running seven nights in a row.
Yet as California’s drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, he consumed enough water to supply eight California households – more than any other top water official in the state, records show.
Soubirous knows he should cut his water use to set a good example, he told The Center for Investigative Reporting. But he has a 1-acre lot with cascades of flowering shrubs and a weeping willow tree, and summer temperatures hit 100 degrees. Conservation isn’t that simple, he said.
“Do I have to sell my house to set that example, or do I have to just abolish all my shrubs?” Soubirous said. “I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how I can reduce my water rate.”
Like Soubirous, many of the local officials urging the public to save water during California’s crippling drought actually are profligate water users themselves, a CIR investigation has found.
Water bills obtained via the state’s Public Records Act show that in 2013, nearly half of the officials who supervise the state’s biggest water agencies used more water than the typical California household.
(Mod: For the rest of this story, click here.)