From: Pat Alcorn … To: jcapoccia
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.)