Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tale of Two Cities: Arcadia's Minimal Water Restrictions

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(Mod: I received the following e-mail from Pat Alcorn yesterday. I figured it was important enough to bust in on my vacation and post.)

From: Pat Alcorn … To: jcapoccia ; ddelmar ; jharabedian ; ggoss ; rarizmendi ; eaguilar
Subject: Arcadia Council

A disturbing article in the Star-News today regarding Arcadia is headlined "Modest water conservation plan on tap for council"  The article states that because the city is required to adopt a conservation plan following the State Water Resources Control Board's decision to impose emergency conservation regulations, they are considering a phase one restriction.

Arcadia is to consider only a phase one restriction even though the water usage has gone up during the past year.  Public Works director Tom Tait said "Groundwater wells provide the city with a reliable system. . . which has seen the city through many periods of low water availability."

I find this disturbing because unlike the surrounding cities, Arcadia is continuing to disrespect the other cities by not curtailing the use of the water that we all share.  I hope that at least someone from our City will be able to attend tonight's Arcadia's City Council meeting to express the fact of low regard  that Arcadia has on it's fellow neighbors.  I would attend but I'm obligated to be at the Police Night Out event.

(Mod: Here is a portion of the Pasadena Star News report cited by Pat in her e-mail. The rest can be found here.)

Arcadia City Council to vote on water conservation plan: The Arcadia City Council on Tuesday night will vote on a water conservation plan that would ban water usage in fountains, restrict water service at restaurants and ban outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The city’s plan isn’t as drastic as measures taken by many other California cities amid the state’s severe drought conditions. In many cities, outdoor watering has been restricted to three days per week.

There is no need for alarm over a potential water shortage in Arcadia, Public Works Services Director Tom Tait said. Groundwater wells provide the city with a reliable system, he said, which has seen the city through many periods of low water availability.

The city is required to adopt a conservation plan following the State Water Resources Control Board’s decision to impose emergency conservation regulations. All city governments in California were required to either enact their own restriction plans or adopt the state’s measures. For that reason, Tait recommended that the City Council implement phase one of the city’s Water Conservation Plan.

According to Tait, Arcadia has not enacted phase one mandatory restrictions in at least the past 15 years, although customers were encouraged to take voluntary measures in 2007 and earlier this year.

(Mod: Seems kind of bizarre, doesn't it? Arcadia's City Council can ponder the most minimal of water conservation measures, yet receives its supply from basically the same source as Sierra Madre. Before we ran out, that is. How does that work? Below is a list of the "Phase 1" water use restrictions Arcadia looked at last night, as provided by NBC News Los Angeles - link.)


(Mod: To link to the City of Arcadia site where these less than onerous "Phase 1" restrictions are listed click here. So what is the penalty Arcadia's self-indulgent water hogs will face for their crimes? NBC reveals the following.)

Depending on how the vote goes, residents who get caught breaking the rules three times could see a $100 fine.

(In other words, there really is nothing happening in Arcadia at all. We're assuming that the above nonsense was voted in by Arcadia's City Council last night. They had to enact something due to Sacramento's water use reduction mandates, so likely passed themselves some lip service. If you've heard differently please let me know.)

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44 comments:

  1. Arcadia is too busy building all those McMansions to worry about water.

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    1. alot of Arcadians are from a country where a total disregard for the environment is the norm

      we could have thick dense smog and it'd be normal

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  2. Of course Arcadia has plenty of groundwater; they steal ours.

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  3. Arcadia's selfless sacrifice for the overall water good of the ara is to be commended. It is a great victory for modern family homes.

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  4. They have better schools too. They should have to make them worse to match ours.

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    1. Why should the worst drought in recorded history in any way impair the super flusher lifestyle?

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  5. We need to retaliate. I say we ban Arcadia's Realtors from Sierra Madre.

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    1. then where will our Council candidates get their support?

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    2. I'd say from the people of Sierra Madre, but I know some candidates prefer the easy money.

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  6. The worst offenders, the starter castles with new landscaping, will be the least impacted. A $100 fine is laughable to them.

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    1. And only after two warnings?

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  7. So Arcadia is saying "We got ours. Good luck to the rest of you."

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  8. Arcadia is in a building boom. Even the bubonic plague wouldn't be allowed to get in the way of that. Government agencies make their living off of that.

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  9. The same people who made what Arcadia is today are the same ones who want to change Sierra Madre. Why should they care about water? Any suggestions as to how we can stop them?

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    1. Isn't there some sort of State Regulatory office that the City of Sierra Madre can go to, to assure that Arcadia is conforming to all the rules set forth? That might be the only way to stop them from stealing our water.

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  10. As suspected, the City Council of Arcadia did indeed pass the Phase 1 Mandatory water restrictions last night. So don't go washing down your driveway, street or walkway!

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    1. Two warnings and then a $100 fine? Piffle.

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  12. Interesting that most of the comments triggered by the "stick it in your ear" attitidude of the Arcadia City Council gets thie blame for our problems with water. Why is our City Manager, Public Works Manager ignored for the blame of not doing a simple deepening of our water wells like Arcadia did, enhancing the "settling pond system, and development of the natural spring water that passes right under our noses. That omission pushed by the late "real estate / developer" influenced City Council has landed us right in the middle of a "lake gone dry". I think the old business cunard that if you can't build a better mouse trap then copy who did applies We need look no further than Arcadia for a succes story. Our City Administration again proves to be incompetent. Sierra Madre City Council.....wake up!

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    1. Good points. Why didn't Sierra Madre's water company invest its money in infrastructure? Why don't we have the same kinds of wells as Arcadia? These questions have been asked by many residents, and for years. City Hall never answers.

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    2. I thought I read or heard somewhere that we can't dig our wells any deeper. True or not?

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    3. Add to that 3:45 that the water department was famous as an abundant supply of revenue for the city, and the accounting was non-existent.

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    4. The whole "can't dig the wells deeper" canard is just an excuse. They didn't do the job. Who knows where the money went.

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  13. What I find perplexing about this blog is John Crawford claims to author this himself. How in the hell does one who has a day job find the time to research all of this stuff for article, interview people, edit and publish and then monitor the responses. He has all of its myopic readers believing that he is the Messiah. Now John claims to have gone on vacation but this blog continues. Wow a miracle he works on his vacation too. The reality is this a political blog staffed probably by at least a half dozen paid employees. No one does this much work for free. It would be interesting to know the real truth of the motivation behind this rag.

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    1. Steve is upset. We received his resume' at out downtown Los Angeles offices, and after having given it the time it deserved, decided that he was not suited to join our staff. He has not reacted well to this rejection.

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    2. Hey! As a devoted Tattler reader and member of the research team, I'm so glad to hear we are going to get paid!
      So John, I'll take 10% of your profit.

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    3. Damn. Just what we need here. Labor unrest.

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    4. Steve can't quite get his head around the idea that there are people who actually enjoy work.

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    5. 4:19, or that people care enough about their communities to take time to protect them.

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    6. Yes. And there are some who find government that manipulates and lies to those whose taxes sustain it offensive.

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    7. That's what makes John Crawford great! He has a heart as well as a soul. Sour grapes Steve!

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    8. Dear Steve / Susan / Josh,
      Learn to work harder.

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  14. Half dozen paid employees?
    Crawford must be hiding them in the basement.

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  15. Yes, Steve, it's a marvelous invention called the internet. People can travel here and there and still be online.

    Actually, it would be nice to go someplace where there is no internet. Not sure that exists anymore.

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    1. There is no Internet where you turn off your computer.

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    2. Yeah, but it's lurking everywhere.

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  16. 3:57, as for continuing the blog while the author is away, looks to me like you're the one generating the Tattler's success today.

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    1. Steve's grasp on reality is tenuous.

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  17. The poster at 3:57 is offering high praise for John Crawford. The work Crawford produces is so great that it must come from a professional support staff. The poster may want to rethink his comment.

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    1. He seems highly impressed.

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  18. The state agency responsible for making sure all municipalities are compliant with their conservation requirements is the State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles region. They cannot be contacted by email (I tried). Their main number is 213 576 6600. The office you want is enforcement and compliance. They should be told that Arcadia doesn't seen to be taking the drought as seriously as its' neighboring communities; that their usage has gone UP since last year and that that the Arcadia Public Works Director, Tom Tait, is saying they have plenty of groundwater and that is no need for alarm. . (They were told by the Water master earlier this year that they had to shut down one of their wells because they were stealing our groundwater).

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    1. Thanks 8:31. Good info to act on.

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  19. Greetings from Ljubljana. There is lots of water here. Clearly our local rascals are not involved in the politics here.

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