Saturday, August 9, 2014

Peacock Strut: Arcadia Takes A Shot At Sierra Madre?

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The Los Angeles Examiner has published an article about Arcadia's very minimal Phase 1 water use restrictions. And while the paper makes the same rather erroneous claims about the strictness of our neighboring city's somewhat bird-brained (though nicely feathered) legislated response to the worst California drought ever that NBC did, they do go on to publish Arcadia's excuses for not implementing the same kinds of restrictions as Sierra Madre or Pasadena. Titled "Arcadia City Council implements water restrictions" (link), here is an example of their far milder approach to all of this:

“It’s not our goal or intention to be punitive or water cops,” said Public Works Services Director Tom Tait. “Our goal is to educate our customers about the severity of the drought and provide recommendations on how they can save water.”

The prohibitions, if not renewed by the City Council, automatically expire after 270 days.

Should rainfall be sparse this winter, City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto said the council could move to implement Phase II, which would require a mandatory 10 percent water reduction. The baseline amount would be derived from the past three years of a resident’s water use.

Tait said that although water reserves are low, Phase II restrictions are unnecessary – for now.

As far as meaningless and highly ineffective water use public education campaigns go, perhaps we could lend them some of our Water Wise Owl light post signs. Though apparently they do have their own homegrown "Phase 1 Peacock."

Where things apparently get a little edgy, and perhaps even downright snarky, is in the following passages.


I am not sure how you can draw a connection between the state of a city's water infrastructure and the need to conserve water during a record setting state-wide drought emergency, but then again Arcadia has hardly been a good citizen in any of the commonly recognized water usage categories. As one Tattler reader reminded us this week:

You forgot the part where Arcadia stole close to a million acre feet of water from the East Raymond Basin. They charged it against another basin. 

Mission accomplished? Yes. That rampant over-pumping depleted the only basin Sierra Madre pumps from. And one that arrogant SOB Tait has the nerve to say they planned well. The entire Raymond Basin Board agreed that Arcadia cheated. Check out the public record.

It seems obvious to me that the real problem with Arcadia is that as the foremost regional proponent of the environmentally callous McMansion lifestyle, they just are not predisposed towards making any of the real sacrifices their neighboring cities felt they needed to make.

After all, think of the effect it could have on their lawns.

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35 comments:

  1. What action did the board take against them? Or is the board just another figurehead with no power? If you take too much, don't you have to give it back? We moved from Arcadia because we saw our street become McMansionville. Conspicuous consumption is alive and well in Arcadia.

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  2. Isn't water rustling a hanging offense?

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    1. We need to send a posse down the hill and bring Tom Tait back here for trial.

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  3. COULD IT BE TRUE THAT SIERRA MADRE HAS NO WATER SHORTAGE?
    COULD IT BE TRUE THAT SIERRA MADRE HAS NO WATER SHORTAGE?
    COULD IT BE TRUE THAT SIERRA MADRE HAS NO WATER SHORTAGE?

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    1. Is there an echo in here?

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    2. Kind of a steady drip.

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    3. An unsteady drip. Like a form of water torture.

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    4. Mr Caps has a vendetta against the City of Sierra Madre and specifically the water department. Mr head in the sand is not credible, or is he the attorney for the Carter One project?

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  4. I just struggled through the cities 2010 water report. In there it states that phase 1 water was placed in 2004. According to the report, that means all the things we can't do no: washing pavement, etc. if that's so, why did no one comply. The report also reported a decline in population by 2030, slightly below what it is to day. That's because the report said Sierra Madre is built out. Really? How about the wanna be mc mansions? Or tear downs to condos or mc mansions? Something is rotten in Denmark....

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    1. Lots of us complied to the Phase one mandate, and are complying with the restrictions now in place. What is so rotten about developers trying to make a big buck? That they do, doesn't mean the citizens living here now want put up with water restrictions forever, we need to have water to sustain us, not castles on the hill. Let the developers go to Arcadia where they steal water so they can make a profit on the mc mansions that look like hotels.

      Lets hope the newspapers pick up on the real story of what bad neighbors the City of Arcadia really are.

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  5. Yep, Arcadia is the same outfit that allowed the decimation of the 110 acres below the Santa Anita Catch Basin in cahoots with the like minded LA Councilman Antonivitch. Many oaks and sycamores were buldozed just to make room for the sediment from the catch basin that could have been trucked away, (but that would have been way too disruptive for the fine folks in the upscale Oaks division just below the dam). Better loose the habitat for Bears, Deer, Foxes, Coyotes, Bird Species too numerous to menttion) than to disrupt the the multi milllion dollar homeowners below the basin with trucks. Arcadia's attitude expresses by Councilman Tait shows the arrogance that is pervasive (due to the realestate and developer lobby and the growing McMannsion owners), that dictates the "we don't give a dam" attitude from our fine neighbor to the south. Our City Manager Aguilar didn't even make a "peep" over the destruction of the 110 acres in our neighborhood, or the theft of our water.

    City Manager, fight for our water, flip the bird to the cheaters that took advantage of us Get mad and fight Arcadia for Sierra Madre's water. Dig our wells deeper, fix the Settling Pond System, tap the spring water that runs unimpeded through SM. You could be doing so much more to make the existing Sierra Madre a better place. Forget the developers. Work with what you have. A Great City!

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    1. Question: What happened to all of the water that was going to become available to us after the dredging of that dam? It is true that Buchanan, Mosca, Motor Mouth Moran and Nancy W didn't say a peep. But I think their assumption was the outcome would be good for Sierra Madre's water supply. So what happened?

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    2. 2:05 You are way too trusting. Assumptions will lead to becoming a victim. Right now Arcadiia holds a full hours and is not open to anything unless Sierra Madre draws a royal flush. And our City Manager is not up to thiis game.

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    3. OK. But what happened to the water that the dredging at the Santa Anita Catch Basin was supposed to make available to Sierra Madre?

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    4. The basin was made larger, but it didn't rain and put water into the basin.

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  6. Long ago the rifle and six shooter established "water rights". Then common law established whose cattle could drink where. Enter the lawyer developing water rights and the legal race was on. You never know where the glass of water from which you drink came from or who profits as you drink. Yesterdays poster refered to the "Water Master" as adjudicating Arcadia's well water usage telling them to cease some something or other. "Water Master"? It sounds like early 19th Century, and If this sounds like a Shakespear plot you got it. If ever a system was created to foster corruption and theft, water revels in it. So Sierra Madre City Council, City Manager, and Public Works Manager prepare to fight, hard to protect and manage our water rights and a "push back" from every dictate of those who provide and control our water most likey not in our best interest. This is definately a poker game with high stakes.

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  7. 4:26.....There was no water behind the dam to disperse, it is a check dam.

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    1. When the dredging was being explained, and at the expense of an old growth oak grove, we were told the sacrifice was worth it because it would improve our water supply. Was that a lie?

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    2. It's the truth if it rains. If it doesn't, it will do jack squat.

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  8. No, the dredging will allow a larger volume of water to be captured (if we ever get rain again) to be regenerated into the ground water system, it is a check dam, it's main purpose is to prevent flooding downstream in the event of major rainfall, with the added benefit of a controlled release of the water into settling basins to allow percolating back in to the ground. (It does require rain though)

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    1. According to Wikipedia:
      Creates Santa Anita Reservoir
      Total capacity 1,028 acre·ft (1,268,000 m3)
      Catchment area 10.8 sq mi (28 km2)
      Surface area 17 acres (6.9 ha)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Anita_Dam

      1,028 acre feet. Seems like a lot.

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  9. It is a lot, it all matters.

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    1. Then why aren't we receiving any?

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    2. It must be going to Arcadia.

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    3. Umm, you seem to have forgotten that the dam released all the water so the Corps of Engineers could do the upgrades. We had the extraordinarily bad fortune to have a drought hit after the project was done.

      If it rains, it'll work.

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    4. There has to be water behind the dam and there hasn't been rain to speak of since they razed the area.

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    5. Well, at least now we know it isn't a "check dam."

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    6. The check bounced.

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    7. Check dam. Who makes up this crap?

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  10. I see no public record from the Raymond Water Basin.

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  11. Well, Arcadia is in the house. How about you google up the Star-News coverage then? Dumb*ss.

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    1. I hear it is a really big house.

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    2. Lotta water hog houses there. That is why they have to steal water.

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    3. I'm not sure the peacock will be strutting very long after the City is required to cut down its water consumption by the water master. Even though Arcadia has 14 wells (not all of them pumping from the Raymond Basin) they may have to bite the bullet and conserve like the rest of us. Hope the Star News and some of the other media are on this braggadocio claim of plenty of water.

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    4. If you are replying to me, I can't find the public record for the Raymond Water Basin because they haven't released their minutes since June. And the news hasn't covered what went down. So I'd like to read about it since someone has obviously seen it somewhere.

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