|A link to the video of Tom's talk can be found here.|
Love has come under much criticism here in town because his remarks about this area's at risk water supply, which ran for over 26 minutes, seems entirely too optimistic to many. So much so that he was called out on his inappropriately sunny views by Councilmember Rachelle Arizmendi, who seemed astonished at what she, along with a room filled with her constituents, had just heard.
That moment is also on the Tom Love video. Do not miss it.
As I said, Tom has come under considerable criticism on this blog. Below is a sampling of the remarks that were posted here by readers on July 9, the day after last Tuesday evening's City Council meeting.
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM
Love's "presentation" was indefensible. There is too much riding on this. A whole community needs a reliable water source. He clearly had an agenda. He's alligned with all the pro-development people and he was willing to throw Sierra Madre under the bus to further that agenda. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency over the water crisis. Every city is having problems. The drought is most likely going to get worse. For him to get up there and paint that rosy a picture was disgraceful. Thank goodness the Council called him out on it and he started to backpedal pretty rapidly. He spoke first to try to influence the tone of the meeting. I'm glad no one listened to him. Various water boards have become very corrupt. Without further evidence, I won't tar him with that brush yet but I still think his presentation was a disgrace.
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Tom Love basically said everything is fine and we have plenty of water. He was even worse than that One Carter lawyer who spoke up at the June 24th meeting. I'd like to know who placed the phone call to get him out to that meeting and try to change its direction?
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Love looked like a complete idiot. He came there at someone's request to put the brakes on the building moratorium. Councilwoman Arizmendi expressed what everybody felt. The question is what made him go against all the data of where Sierra Madre and this state are heading. I think we know the answer to that question.
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM
I wonder what Mr. Love has to say about today's announcement: "The State Water Resources Control Board meets next week to consider draft emergency regulations. 'We are in a drought of historic proportions,' Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said in a telephone interview with Associated Press. " The public meeting will be held July 15 in Sacramento. If the board adopts the regulations they would take effect immediately and remain in force for 9 months.
Full story: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/09/california-board-considers-fines-for-wasting-water/
Seems like Mr. Love would have known all this, being on the SGVMWD Board? It's not like it all happened overnight. So it's puzzling, why he would present such a rosy interpretation of these very dire circumstances?
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM
That was Rachelle's finest hour so far. It was the "wait a minute" moment that stopped Love in his tracks. Granted he can rifle off some facts but anyone can skew the data to fit the result they want. Love did that and I too lost all respect for him.
Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I just want to thank Love for speaking up the way he did. If one reader is correct that he spoke up repeatedly in favor of the assisted living facility and after what he did last night, we now know him for what he is. He has an agenda and he is in the pro-development camp. If he speaks at any future meetings, he will have no credibility or influence whatsoever. Thanks again for getting up there and letting us know we have plenty of water.
I have been told by someone whose opinion I value that Mr. Love's efforts to influence last week's City Council confab were worse than what Allen Graves attempted. The reason for this being that Graves was only speaking as a private citizen, whereas Tom strode into the room as a leader of the area's highest water authority. His words were supposed to be a completely accurate depiction of our water situation, and set the tone for what was to follow. Instead we apparently got something else.
So this morning it is a full week later, and people have had an opportunity to reflect a bit upon what they saw and heard at that meeting. You now have a chance to revisit this controversial talk by an influential member from the San Gabriel Valley water management elite, and let the community know your current take on what was said.
As you should be well aware, both the water and development moratoriums are back on the agenda for next week's City Council meeting. There is still a lot that needs to be worked out.
In many ways this is a conversation that has just begun.
ABC News: FEDERAL METEOROLOGIST: CALIFORNIA 2 YEARS AWAY FROM RUNNING OUT OF WATER (link)
A U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist believes California is only two years away from completely running out of water.
In a recent interview with 24/7 Wall St., federal meteorologist Brad Rippey said the drought has dragged on for three-and-a-half years in many parts of the country and is possibly worst in California.
"Reservoirs which are generally fed by the Sierra Nevada's and the southern Cascades [are] where we see the real problems," Rippey told 24/7 Wall St., "At [the current] usage rate, California has less than two years of water remaining."
(Mod: A little something to think about.)
This evening's EENER meeting on water
In a review document prepared by Bruce Inman for tonight's EENER get-together, a "preliminary list of study matters" is discussed (link):
If anyone is going to this EENER get-together and gets some copies of staff's list of City Council study matters, which apparently is being handed out fresh this evening, please send one my way. Thanks!