Saturday, August 16, 2014

Water President Tom Love: $7.54 Billion Dollar Water Bond Will Be On The Ballot This November

Now there isn't enough water?
Mod: In this week's edition of the City Manager's Report there is a missive from the SGVMWD's own Tom Love regarding the need to properly edjamacate Sierra Madre residents about the vibrant importance of making a $7.54 billion dollar water bond issue happen this November. Tom, who somewhat famously appeared to imply that there is plenty enough water around to support McMansion development in Sierra Madre at a recent City Council meeting (link), now cites severe drought related water shortages as reason enough for Sacramento to take on this entirely new thumping wedge of debt. And at the voters' behest, of course. This and more from the CM Report.


I guess the inference here is that should anyone vote against this they would be doing so unintelligently. Have you ever noticed that whenever there is any kind of tax hike or bond issue on the ballot those advocating for it always use the word "intelligent" to describe voting their way? Seems presumptuous to me.

Should you wish to read what the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District has to say about all of this on their rather dry yet informative website, you can do so by linking here. Be sure to say "hey" to Water Wise Owl while you are there. Or "like" him on Facebook. He yearns for that sort of affirmation.

So what's it all about, Alfie? Here is a portion of an article from the Fresno Bee titled "$7.5 billion California water bond headed to voters." You can link to the entire thing, and in its native setting, by clicking here.

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

An extraordinary drought that has strained California’s water supply spurred a concerted push for a new water bond. Lawmakers moved to replace an $11.1 billion previously slated for the ballot, convinced that voters would reject it.

Instead, voters will see a $7.5 billion measure that contains significantly less money for Delta restoration. The final sum represents a compromise both from Republicans, who called for $3 billion for surface storage projects, and from Brown, who sought an overall total closer to $6 billion.

In a pivotal concession, Democrats and the governor agreed to boost the amount of money for surface storage projects to $2.7 billion. Republicans had opposed a pact between Brown and Democrats containing $2.5 billion for new dams and reservoirs.

While money for storage and the Delta occupied a central place in negotiations, the bond would also allocate billions to provide clean drinking water to thirsty communities, guard against floods and treat or reuse water.

In the end, the vote tally masked the twisting and divisive debate that preceded Wednesday’s deal. Assembly members voted 77-1 in favor of the measure and then broke into applause. In the Senate, the margin was 37-0.

So how are the voters viewing all of this? While it is probably way too early to tell, the Sacramento Bee does have one of those highly controversial on-line polls up right now. Here is what the voting trends looked like at around 4:00AM this morning.


Kind of a mixed result. Should you wish to make your on-line voting voice heard on this issue, you may do so by clicking here. Vote and vote often.

Now you might have noticed that out of all the members of the State Senate and Assembly, there was just one solitary vote against putting this $7.54 billion dollar water bond on November's ballot. And in case you are wondering who might have done that, I am pleased to report it was our very own Tim Donnelly. Or he used to be our own, anyway. Before they stuck us with 710 Tunnel Dude. Here is Tim's tweet:


Donnelly's Assembly vote is quite in line with what 48% of those responding to that Sacramento Bee on-line poll are saying. So there are some people who agree with him. They just don't happen to be elected to any state legislative offices right now.

As the solons are saying, this will all come down to a vote of we the people this November. Should be a real corker.

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29 comments:

  1. Gotta love that Tim Donnelly. He's not afraid to stick to his principles. like saving the taxpayer's money.

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  2. I guess in Sacramento this is known as "doing something."

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  3. Tom Love said there was water before he said there wasn't.

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    1. no Tom, I wasn't aware but since you strongly encourage me to vote intellengently, specially after you gone and done said we all gots plenty of wa-wa, that whatever you say has some type of water agency agenda

      I'm taking the automatic vote NO on any and all tax or bond increases and it's gonna be difficult to change my mind with jibberish

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    2. Half of this bond money will be siphoned off into paying the democrat's political constituencies. Mostly in the form of pensions.

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  4. So what's happening with the old Hildreth place? Any recent news or updates?

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    1. Very quiet from that corner. What do you hear?

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    2. Here's why it is quiet:
      http://lawzilla.com/blog/city-of-sierra-madre-vs-jeffrey-m-hildreth/

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    3. More sounds of silence:
      http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/cacdce/2:2012cv10339/549456/89

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    4. Can somebody translate those legal documents into plain speech?

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    5. it's haunted I tell ya

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  5. Absolutely nothing to do with the post today,but does anybody know what that loud bang noise was last night?

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    1. A sudden reversal in the real estate market.

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    2. Some of the heavier realtors make a lot of noise when they jump off the roof of a two storey house.

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  6. Tom Love is illegally using government resources to advocate for a ballot measure. Report him and his agency to the FPPC.

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  7. By the way Tom Love was the only candidate to file papers for the water board. He has no opponent in the November election and will be automatically re-elected. You get the government you deserve.

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    1. Holden has no opponent, either. At least he has term limits to deal with.

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  8. Two in the Assembly voted against the water bond. The other was a Democrat.
    http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20140815/2-lawmakers-vote-no-on-california-water-bond#.U-_gZVawgxc

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  9. I suppose we'll have to pass the water bond to know what is in it. My son lives on the Delta and figures of they pass what has been planned, it will mess up all the farmers in that entire region, especially if they follow through on Brown's Tunnel idea. We all need to read the bill before we even Think about voting for it.

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  10. Supposedly the bond has become neutral on the controversial proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Now that proposal to build two massive tunnels to transport water out of the Delta has been appropriately separated from critically needed investments in California’s water infrastructure and ecosystems. Sierra Club is now in support of it.
    http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kpoole/revised_water_bond_is_the_righ.html

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    1. The Sierra Club also endorsed SB375. They have lost a lot of credibility.

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  11. I have now watched Tom Love's council presentation for the 3rd time. I don't ever see him say there is enough water to build more houses. He recites facts, says we are in a bad drought, and talks about the state of MWD. Why has he now turned into one of the favorite targets of this blog? It just doesn't seem right to me. I guess where would the Tattler be without creating enemies of the people?




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    1. It isn't just enemies of the people that we need. We also need their apologists as well. Thank you for standing up.

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  12. I too have watched Tom Love's comments numerous times. Tom Love appeared at that meeting to deny that Sierra Madre had a water crisis and to oppose the water hook-up moratorium. As planned, the One Carter lawyer immediately seized on Tom Love's comments as evidence that there was no need for a water moratorium. Love appeared for the sole purpose of trying to derail the moratorium. One minute Tom Love is asking for money because we have a drought emergency and the next minute Tom Love is claiming that Sierra Madre doesn't have a water shortage. Tom Love is a liar. This is why Tom Love was basically laughed at by the Council and the citizens of Sierra Madre.

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    1. Tom's endless water chat with the City Council was a reminder of how things have changed in this town. It used to be something like that would actually convince people to vote with the SGV development crowd. Now those who'd attempt such a thing get ridiculed in public.

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  13. and why does Tom Love always get more than 3 minutes to talk? Because Tom Love is a blowhard who loves to hear himself talk.

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  14. Fire Water Wise Owl.

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    1. We need to hire Water Warthog.
      http://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/Images/large-species-photo/large-Warthog-photo.jpg

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