Dear City Council Members:
First we want to thank you for serving on the City Council and making the effort to look out for what's best for Sierra Madre. We know its a difficult and sometimes thankless job and we appreciate the time you put into it.
As we all know, there is a water crisis, not just in Sierra Madre, but through-out California. From what I've read, it appears that the water crisis is only going to get worse. Because of that, there is no margin for error when you decide how to vote on the various solutions and protections.
Therefore, we would strongly urge you to freeze everything in place with both a Building and Water Moratorium. In addition, I would implement the Phase 3 but I would reduce the penalties to those commensurate with the Phase 1. I think people will have a difficult time incurring onerous penalties for yellow and unhealthy water.
I don't think you can go wrong by implementing what amounts to a complete freeze on all development activity. You can always release moratoriums at any time should the conditions on the ground change. However, you can go wrong, drastically wrong, if further development is allowed to continue because it only adds more stress to our water emergency which then becomes irreversible. A bad situation that is already difficult to solve only becomes that much worse for this City Council or a future City Council.
Mr. Inman was quite candid about the precariousness of our reliance on water from the MWD. Furthermore, we have no way of controlling whether the MWD customers are going to do a good job of conserving water. If they don't and the drought continues, we may lose the MWD connection entirely since we are not a customer of the MWD. I, for one, don't want to be dependent upon others for such a basic need as water.
We need to put Sierra Madre on a sustainable path so that we don't have to depend upon other entities and other people's usage for our very survival. Let's implement the Building and Water Moratoriums and the Phase 3. Then let's wait till the water consultant completes her findings, let's get the general plan approved, and let's gather up more information about all the further consequences if this drought continues. We can always re-visit the issue at a later time. It seems to me that is the prudent and responsible thing to do.
We need to look out for the best interest of the existing residents of Sierra Madre first and foremost - not the best interest of possible future residents and certainly not the best interest of out-of-town developers.
Please consider your stance on this position very carefully and do what's best for Sierra Madre. That's all we can ask of you.
Matthew and Mahvash Bryant
(Mod: Here is the latest e-mail blast from the Coalition to Preserve Mater Dolorosa and Stop the Housing Project.)
After careful consideration, the Steering Committee for the Coalition to Preserve Mater Dolorosa and Stop the Housing Project is taking the following position on the upcoming issues up for vote at the important City Council Meeting on July 8th:
1. We support implementation of Phase III Conservation with Phase I penalties for over-use.
2. We support an immediate Water Moratorium.
3. We support an immediate Building Moratorium.
Our reasoning is as follows:
The city currently does not have a reliable water source. The MWD has about a 2-year supply and can stop delivery at anytime. Sierra Madre is not a regular MWD customer and will be the first to have its water supply cut off should the MWD run into a problem with supplying its own customers if the drought continues.
It will take a minimum of five years until the East Raymond Basin Aquifer has been recharged with sufficient water to resume pumping.
Phase 3 water restrictions with Phase 1 penalties will stop new water connections as long as Phase 3 is in effect.
A Phase 3 alone will not stop building that already has a water source.
A water moratorium is necessary so that the aquifer can recharge to a level that can justify the additional impact of new construction.
A building moratorium is necessary to complete the General Plan Update and EIR.
A building moratorium will allow the city time to develop a plan that will guide new development based on our resources and infrastructure to insure that Sierra Madre follows a sustainable path.
A building moratorium will ensure that all new construction is in compliance with the General Plan Update. The GPU is the people’s vision for the future of Sierra Madre.
A building moratorium will halt building that has a water source.
All three are needed to insure that Sierra Madre can:
Replenish its own water supply.
Approve the proposed General Plan and EIR.
Place Sierra Madre on a sustainable path
Please email your City Council Members and attend the City Council Meeting on July 8th.
Thank you for your support
Coalition to Preserve Mater Dolorosa and Stop the Housing Project
(Mod: Be certain to attend the City Council meeting on July 8. It stands to be one of the most important held there in years.)