|Bruce and his famous rusty pipe|
Here is how the LAT explained it (link):
Jerry Brown faces fight over mandatory water cuts - Representatives of urban water suppliers and advocacy groups from across the state have criticized a plan from state water regulators that would force some to cut water consumption by as much as 35% over the next year. In more than 200 letters to the State Water Resources Control Board released Wednesday, some agencies urged state officials to reconsider how they would implement the mandatory statewide water-use cut that Gov. Jerry Brown ordered this month.
Many communities called on the board to consider its previous water conservation efforts when setting a reduction target. Other cities said their population data was skewed by an influx of seasonal residents. A few questioned whether their reduction targets were fair, even amid a persistent drought.
The city of Beverly Hills needs to cut water usage by 35% under the state board’s current plan. In his letter to officials, Beverly Hills interim City Manager Mahdi Aluzri said meeting that target would take time, adding that the board “should delay any formal enforcement actions until water suppliers have been given an opportunity to develop and fully implement new conservation measures.”
“The city recognizes that further conservation measures will be required to achieve the Governor’s conservation mandate,” Aluzri wrote. "However, the city is concerned that achieving a 35% conservation standard in such a short time may ultimately be infeasible.”
While it certainly is interesting to find Sierra Madre lumped in with the likes of Beverly Hills in Jerry Brown's 35% Water Use Sinners Club, we need to know more. And what you might not have known, and I certainly did not, is that 200 letters were written to the State Water Resources Control Board by highly aggrieved local government agencies. A tremendous outpouring of creativity it was, too.
And last week the water folks in Sacramento made all these letters public, and then linked them on their website. The LA Times pointed us to that site, and you can view all 200 of these letters by clicking here.
The letter of most interest to folks living in the Foothill Village is the one Bruce Inman wrote in defense of the water use habits of Sierra Madre. Bruce's plea here being that the water use reductions Sierra Madreans have already made should be rolled into that 35% number. His point being that some conservation had already taken place, and to drop an additional 35% on top of that would be terribly unfair.
Which shows that Bruce Inman has been listening to what people in town have been telling him.
Just below is a portion of that letter. It is a lengthy missive, so if you wish to read all of it you can do so by clicking on the link at the end of this article. I found it to be a good look at the strategy City Hall has put together in hopes of escaping Jerry Brown's troubling and arbitrary 35% solution.
A lot of it makes good sense as well. I suspect Teresa Highsmith was also involved in creating this letter, and it certainly does seem like her writing style at times. But that is just a guess.
Hopefully Bruce's missive, plus those other 199 letters, will change things up a little.
To read the rest of Bruce's letter, click here.
Update: According to KPCC this morning (link) Sierra Madre's water use reduction percentage has been lowered from 35% to 32%. Talk about throwing us a small bone. Full article here.