Monday, December 17, 2012

Water Is Always Big News In Our Town

They're really big.
Am I the only person in town that did not hear about this rather momentous event? There is nothing about it that I could find on the City's website, though that hardly means there isn't something describing all of this. It is possible that I just could not find it. Nor is there anything I've seen shared with the public on Bill Coburn's Sierra Madre News.net site, or in the storied pages of the Mountain Views News. The usual venues used when the City wants an important press release published with the minimal amount of unwelcome speculation.

But according to a notice recently sent around to the homes of those residents most affected by it, something rather large is now about to go down on the water front. Here's what is revealed in a December 12 notice from The City of Sierra Madre's Public Works Department, signed by Bruce Inman himself.

Dear Resident,

We are writing to advise you of a major construction project that will take place in your neighborhood early in 2013. Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will be constructing a connection between its 9-1/2 foot diameter Upper Feeder Pipeline and Sierra Madre's water system. The project will be located on East Grand View Avenue adjacent to 629-639 East Grand View. The project will be of major benefit to Sierra Madre and its water customers; the system interconnection will provide a source of water to serve Sierra Madre in the event of unforeseen emergencies.

You my recall that not very long ago it was Bruce Inman who, in his role as the Director of Public Works, rather famously declared that we are a year from running out of water. Something that, despite its potential for a signifiant impact upon the lives of the 11,000 or souls living here, elicited almost no comment from either the City Council or the public. With nothing much further being heard about the matter until the arrival of this notice, which was apparently sent to a limited number of directly affected homes.

From the Colorado River to Sierra Madre?
The news that Colorado River water will now be, at least on an emergency basis, available to the homes of Sierra Madre residents is indeed a momentous one. Up until today we have been pretty much left to our own rather decrepit devices in our water needs, with rainwater being the almost sole supplier of our required daily dose. Something that has been the source of some concern here from time to time, and amusement elsewhere. Especially during droughts.

And while it has been known to many that some of the water diverted from the mighty Colorado River for Southeastern California use has been roaring through a very large pipeline located beneath Grand View Avenue, none of it has ever been available to us before. With our needs instead coming from the same water byways used during the Huck Finn Fishing Derby.

The reason for Mr. Inman's notice to these select few directly affected residences seems obvious. This is going to be a  very large undertaking. The earth will shake and the Avenue will close. Here is the description provided in the notice:

MWD personnel will begin project preparations within the spreading basins adjacent to the project February 4. Actual constriction is slated to begin February 14th. During the period of February 21st through February 28th, the MWD pipeline will have to be emptied and water service through the pipeline to areas west of Sierra Madre will be discontinued. In order to minimize the length of the service interruption, MWD will be working 24 hours a day seven days a week during that 2/21 - 2/28 period. MWD staff will do everything they can to minimize the impacts of that continuous work, but some inconvenience will be unavoidable. The MWD work will NOT affect your home's water service. Homes within the work area along Grand View will have access at all times.

The project is expected to continue until April 8. With the exception of the 14/7 period between 2/21 and 2/28, work hours will be 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

And that, my friends and acquaintances, is just about all Bruce wrote. Which is to be expected since that is what his purview really demands he talk about. The rest of the information needs to come from someplace else.

But since there is no other information available, and none of the expected sources are showing signs of sharing anything soon, it falls upon The Tattler to once again improvise from our active imaginations and share some needed speculation. Mostly in the forms of questions.

When exactly was all of this worked out with the Metropolitan Water District? Certainly meetings had to have been held, but what were the results of these meetings? Bruce Inman does note later on in his message that this hook-up is being done at no expense to the people of Sierra Madre. Which in itself is newsworthy since, as we all know, Water Wise Owl has never been much noted for his generosity. Just that he is constructed out of a few cardboard boxes. So why such generosity now? Is it really just pity for our water plight?

Or could it be something else? Donning our well-worn conspiracy cap (which we really do look good in, btw) we ask: did the ALF play a role in our being linked up to the largest water supply system in the Western United States? Is it because our current water supplies are in no way adequate to meet the demands new development might bring? Are we about to drink from the heady springs of an SB 375 mandated water bonanza? All so that Sierra Madre can build the dreaded downtown development that will bring us in line with the Transit Village dystopia called for in both state and now Federally mandated - and funded - development protocols?

And finally, what exactly would constitute an emergency in regards to turning on the MWD's Colorado River spigot? I suspect if you drop in 300 or so new units of tightly packed so-called transit village housing as called for in the Green Committee's Accords, those "unforeseen emergencies" could easily turn into business as usual.

I hope someone in an official capacity will be sharing their information with us soon. There are at least some people here who might be interested. Water is always big news in our town.

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52 comments:

  1. Along with the UUT increase, it is another Christmas surprise.

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    1. The city really knows how to bring happiness for the holidays.

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  2. Mod. Me thinks it would be wise to ask Mrs Macgillary her thoughts on this.She being one wise woman on our water problems.

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  3. Does this mean that the Sierra Madre Water Company will become nothing more than an MWD water stop? Will we still need to spend all of that money on well drilling, pump repairs and God knows what else?

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  4. I believe the Council voted to approve this on Joe Mosca's initial inaugural evening. and it was voted that it be there for emergency purposes only.

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    1. Something that was seen at the time as being reason enough to recall the backstabbing jerk.

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    2. Surely everyone trusts that the city government will never go back on the "for emergency purposes only" agreement, yeah?

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    3. The term "for emergency purposes only" is very subjective wouldn't you agree?

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  5. Don't even bother telling me about it, just do it...thank God, it's about time!

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    1. I'm sure that there are lots of things people don't bother telling you.

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    2. Just think 6:58, your family won't need to buy drugs at the pharmacy anymore, all they will have to do it drink the water.

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  6. Ah, so that is the reason for bruce's dramatic announcement about running out of water within the year. He was getting ready to slip the MWD hook up under the door.

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  7. Where does the pipe start and where does it end? Is it just a big ole pipe with no start or end? Why does the City want to dig a big hole just to bury their pipe? Is the pipe attached to a spring so the pipe only needs a end? What if the residence located by the pipe don't want a pipe buried in front or behind their property? What happened to the public hearing concerning the pipe?
    Sounds fishy. Maybe the pipe is going to the new City fish factory.

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  8. Yet one more indication that the "Green DSP" is on the way. Done in the most sneaky way imaginable, of course. As befitting the style of Mayor Moran and our City Manager.

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  9. My guess is that Bruce's letter is the bare legal requirement. Must have been a Colantuono and Levin call.

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  10. ugh! does this mean our water will taste like Pasadena Water?

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    1. It will fit in nicely with the teensy living quarters they plan on building downtown. I've heard the City is planning to hold a seminar explaining the best way to buy housing in Sierra Madre by the square inch.

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    2. Yes, 8:06 am. With the new powerful water flow they can hook up the fire hose and hose them out at the end of the month when the month to month residents vacate. A whole new way of living for the poorest among us. Go religionists!

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  11. This battle was fought, and at the time,, it was decided it would require an emergency vote by a super majority of the council to turn it on.
    The obvious reason is to have enough water for future development, on an "emergency" basis. the same arguement was used to fund and build the 2 new water holding tanks.
    However, if the city were not to become more densely populated, the town can easily do without this hookup, using the mountain fed water system we have currently.
    This is known as incremental change, and with time, the public's memory will be forgotten, and when the "emergency" shows we need additional supply for some reason, the valve will be opened.
    Historically the towns population has been fairly static, with enough local water to meet demand..
    Our's is the cleanest water available without the river water contaminated with heavy metals, and other contaminents such as dissolved drugs flushed into the river up stream. You cannot filter out dissolved drugs easily.

    This was the key reason we never wanted to hook up to the main on Grandview.

    You will notice the difference, and most people will start to buy bottled water.
    It will be in the hands of our elected officials. If they believe more in development than clean water,you will get what you vote for.

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  12. You will probably notice the biggest decisions effecting our town quietly happen just before the holidays, when few people are paying attention

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    1. This decision is years old. The final vote came the dark night Joe Mosca (both a traitor, and a trader) first took his seat at the council.

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  13. Trader Joe Mosca was for this and in one of his first orders of business voted for this hands down. This action was the start of many people calling for his recall. He moved in on that hook up like it was on his agenda all the time. That 8 ft. pipe line has been running down Grand View for many years and is actually a threat to everyone south of it for many blocks. If it should rupture it will produce a lake around Arcadia Methodist before it can be shut down. Not to mention all the homes and business it will destroy south of the eruption. Joe Mosca "The Trader" knew this but didn't care as long as SM got the hook up. The reason it's not costing the City not much if anything is because we have been paying in on this for many years without any benefits, don't you just love how the tax money flows? This is just the beginning of high density living, stack and pack if you will. Kim must be looking forward to some real cheap housing. There are so many things that have been going on over the years that us Tax payers just don't know about and this is just one of them. Oh that Joe Mosca is such a nice guy, most of us call him Trader Joe Mosca. For the record it looks like he and his significant other are living in London and hobnobbing with the Mayor of London, no surprise here. We are like lambs being led to the slaughter.

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    1. Mosca almost got recalled for this vote. It was the first time it became obvious that his slow growth claims during the 2006 City Council election were all lies.

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  14. This is Bart's pipe. He spoke before the council the night Joe showed his true colors, telling that council that this was beyond necessary. Never mind 75 years of water independence - it ended that night.

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  15. Back in the day, Tattler, the conspiracy theory was more that the MWD pipe was for the hillside developments at Stonehouse and Carter.

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  16. I don't know why we need this alternative source of water, these mountains are static and the water they supply will be supplied to us in perpetuity, what waste of money, seismology shall provide for us.

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    1. The MWD pipeline crosses over the fault line, with the potential of rupture in a major earthquake.
      I wonder if the MWD even cares or thought about it.

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    2. Didn't we tell SCAG that our RHNA numbers are unfair because we don't have the water to accommodate that level of development? And that we are the only city around that is dependent upon the weather for our water supply? I guess that one won't work anymore.

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    3. 10:26 that one didn't work before.

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    4. Yes, but only because we hadn't filled out the proper paperwork declaring us to be a water wasteland. That option is now no longer available.

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    5. In 2006 this was seen as something that needed to be done to help get the DSP up and running. Now that the Feds are so hung ho to finance dog house complexes I am sure it played a role in the decision. The timing works.

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  17. Check out LATIMES .."Glendale considering small lot sub divisions"!Portend of things to come for our small village!It's all very trendy.With a declining birth rate,aging populations and a depressed economic outlook,it would be so cool!Water,no problem!The way to go!!!!!

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  18. The realty/development consortium is a damned parasitic Hydra that will not die.

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  19. This makes me want to SCREAM!!!! ahhhhh! Im losing it!

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    2. Make sure there is someone in front of you when you do.

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  20. This was posted on yesterday's thread.
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    My residence will be affected as it is on Foothill Ave. I have already along with a neighbor sent Mr Inman and CM Agiular an email registering our concerns with the diverted traffic and consequences of a project of this magnitude. Mr Inman has already responded with assurances that the City will be ever vigilant and on the job.

    You did not include the last paragraph of the letter from B Inman dated Dec 12, 2012, and U quote: "During work hours, traffic will be diverted around the work area via Fooothill Avenue. A temporary speed limit of 15 MPH on Fothhill Avenue will be enforced. Automated message boards will be set up at the Santa Anita and Canon approaches to East Grand View Avenue to encourage motorists to take alternate routes and avoid the project altogether."

    In preparation for the MWD project Sierra Madre Public Works staff will be constructing a new driveway entrance to the spreading basin facility off of Grand Voew opposite Acacia Street. This new entry will facilitate MWD kuse of the staging area. It is intended that the new entry will become the permanent northerly entry to the spreading basins, with the abandonment of the existing gate 415 feet to the west at Sycamore Street.

    Following colse on the heels of the MWD project will be the construction of a 12 inch pipeline through the east side of the spreading basins to complete the connection between MWD and the City's water system.

    Plans for both water projects are available for review at Sierra Madre City Hall,232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard. These projects are being funded by the San Gagriel Valley Municipal Water District on behalf of the residents and water customers of Sierra Madre. There is no cost to the City for the MWD construction

    If you have questions about the project and/or would like to review the plans please contact me (626 355 7135 extension 801. The communiity's point of contact with MWD during the project is Mr Salvador Vasquez at (213) 217 -6702. H can be contacted with questions or concernes reguarding the construction activity.
    Best Regiards."
    Bruce Om,am
    Dirctor of Public Works

    Those of us with residences along Foothill Ave have many questions. Among them is how would a project of this magnatude materialize without Publc Hearings and Input from Residents? Grand View traffic being detoured through our relatively short and narrow street (no sidewalks and a blind curve) with assurances that a "15 MPH" will be enfourced is mind boggling. And then there is a question about "staging areas" being set up to handle the apparently anticipated arrival of heavy duty construction equipment. And of course major consideration of "mitigation" usually accompanies any project. And I suppose all day we will have the LOUD beep, beep, beep of all this construction equipment as they back up. This all sounds like a major push to ram rod a project designed to enhance expanded water availability for development requirements not yet sharred with the Residents.

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    1. Add to your list of concerns complete ignoring of "official" hours. Crews will arrive and leave whenever they want - could be 5 a.m. You are in for a hard time - and in the rainy season.

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    2. Great post. Thanks for moving it over here.

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    3. Wait'll they get working on Downtown Tiny Town. It will be like living next to a war zone.

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    4. Right 1:42. I figure SM Blvd between Lima and Hermosa will just be off limits for a year or so.

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  21. For anyone who bought a house around the construction site of the MWD pipe in the last 7 years or so, if your realtor didn't tell you the construction was coming? You can sue.

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    1. What you need to remember is what you are going through is so some out of town corporations can cash in your birthright for a big payday. Everything else is just marketing.

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  22. Could you please cite the law, code, amendment, by-law, paragraph in the California Purchase Agreement that you are referring to, I need to file the proper paper work to sue the @astards.

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    1. I'm no lawyer, but I think it's a 'negligent misrepresentation.'
      On the other hand, it would be surprising if realtors are actually held accountable for anything they say or do.

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  23. 1:31,,, Sierra Madre paid over a million dollars over the years to the San Gagriel Valley Municipal Water District and had received nothing in return. I was told they said that this connection was the least they could do for all our city paid to them. Sounds to me like we paid for a double edged sword, a long one at that. There are a few people who know the facts but how do we get them to come forward?

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    1. Salvatore Tesoro wrote a lot about this in his paper. Anybody got the back copies?

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  24. I'll look, will problably find them in the attic.

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  25. Should there have been an EIR for this project?

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  26. If Bruce lived in town and had to pay for the water would it be any different?

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  27. Water Is Always Big News In Our Town

    Water Was Also the BIG LIE In Our Town

    and we all can remember who was there lying to us and who they support or socialize with today - same business interests - development and doubling our population which directly profits the employers of two of our former Councilmen and we have others that will be able to profit from their decisions at some point or it obviously benefits his or her professional life

    like Josh Moran, last I heard he sold home mortages and he's proven to be biased and align with SCAG goals to double our population which benefit him because he has a larger customer base a few blocks away from his office at Mary's Market

    and that whole group used our water supply as hostage?

    fudge them

    personally, if what was reported is true that Citizen Buchanan is still working and advising our current City Council and he ends up lobbying on behalf of votes that will add more condos or development at some point in SM and he's got to have a new water infrastructure to do that

    if we all want 300 new condos downtown and doubling our population then we get to vote on it - we've already passed Measure V and blew up the UUT so they stooped to lying about rusty pipes and impending exposure of previous water bond shenangiagns of a previous pro-development Council.

    if we want to double our population we get to decide that - not SoCal Edision or the Arcadia Board of Realtors or The Gas Co or lobbyists of similar ilk that happend to live in Sierra Madre, like Mr Doyle



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