Friday, July 3, 2015

The Sierra Madre Tattler Gets Its Name Back

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One of the annoying things thrown in my general direction a few years back was the misappropriation of the URL for this blog by the irascible B. D. Howes. B. D. (which I assume stands for "Bad Dude"), for some reason registered the web address for sierramadretattler.com under his name and held onto it for years. Much to my chagrin.

Well, I don't know if perhaps we didn't catch ol' B.D. napping because what should have been our web address back when was not re-registered this year, and we have now gotten it back. This remarkable event occurred thanks to the selfless detective work of an attentive reader who had been following this travesty ever since it first occurred.

My friends, justice has now been served. No longer will those typing in sierramadretattler.com (which many have done over the years) be redirected to GoDaddy.com. Which is where Howes had parked our intellectual property.

Now you can locate this blog under two addresses. SierraMadreTattler.blogspot.com (link) and SierraMadreTattler.com (link).

I'm telling you, sometimes all you need to do is wait the little buggers out.

Voluntary Water Use Reductions Worked?

(Mod: I have always been skeptical about the imposition and enforcement of water use cuts. I just didn't think it would happen. Yet according to the following article that CBS Los Angeles has up on their site now - link - water use has been drastically cut in California. And during a time when doing so was voluntary. Here is the big news.)

Record Water Savings Shows Big Cuts To California Supplies Feasible - Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.

The State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday released data showing urban water usage fell 29 percent in May compared to the same month in 2013. The savings were the best showing since the agency started tracking conservation last summer.

Regulators cautioned the savings may have been skewed by unusual May rains that reduced lawn watering. But they also credited heightened awareness about the four-year drought after the governor imposed sweeping mandatory conservation measures following April’s record low snowpack measurement.

Every region of California had stepped up from what had been lackluster cutbacks. The southern coast, where more than half of California lives in cities including Los Angeles and San Diego, cut water use by a quarter after months of tepid savings.

“It’s gratifying that far more communities are stepping up, and we want to see this much more through the summer,” said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board. “It’s just being prudent.”

May also marked the last month of voluntary savings. The water board assigned communities mandatory conservation targets between 4 and 36 percent compared to 2013 that took effect in June. Cities that lag face state-imposed restrictions in water use and fines.

Dozens of water departments had criticized the targets as unfair and unrealistic, saying they didn’t take into account savings before the drought or ample local supplies. The city of Riverside has even filed a lawsuit challenging its 24 percent reduction target.

Marcus says May’s conservation showed steep cuts are possible.

Mod: Nobody was more surprised by this than I. A different perspective is shown by the Sierra Madre Watchman. He has a column over on the Sierra Madre Weekly site (link), and he is quite critical of water reduction enforcement in Sierra Madre. Here is what The Watchmen had to say.

Water Use Regulations Hitting Residents Hard - The Sierra Madre City Government has become a “big bully” of regulation and the charges that they have placed on the people of the city, whom they are supposed to be serving.

On the subject of water use, if it isn’t bad enough doubling the water rates and the contraction of “4” tiers of charges, they also introduced a 30% mandatory reduction in the use of water. They constantly say there is no penalty when they charge $2.66/HCF for the first tier and $4.66/HCF for the 4th tier. What else is it if not a penalty?

Then they set quotas for each household which is theoretically 30% below the use after the 20% voluntary reduction. If a person appeals for an increase based upon the city’s error, then they cannot get the issues settled. Now the city wants the homeowner to submit to an audit by a city-approved water expert. They also are placing limits on how much and what kind of landscaping a homeowner can plant.

Now comes the subject of the 30% reduction, and we shall use the figures supplied by the city. The base figure August 2012 was 316 GPCD (two month billing). 30% reduction would be 221/HCF. The highest use per billing period equaled an overage of 203 (September 2014).

The lowest use was December of 2014 equaling an average of 110 (More than 60%). Now they want to reduce the figure from 110 to 73/HCF per two-month billing period, which equals a 77% reduction from the 316 figure.

You are welcome to check the math! What do they call 30%?

Now the staff is recommending so-called surcharge (penalty) for any excess use over the individual conservation goals per Sierra Madre Municipal Code.

1st violation —2 x tier one rate
2nd and more —3 x tier one rate

The Energy Environment and Natural Resource Commission is recommending:
1st violation – 2 x the tier 4 rate
2nd violation – 5 x the tier 4 rate
3rd violation – 10 x the tier 4 rate

With this kind of thinking, who needs the EENRC after these kinds of recommendations? The only reason that the city did not adopt these recommendations is because the computers could not handle that program. Do we have a city government that is out of control? We welcome your opinion!

Mod: I haven't seen any water use reduction figures from Sierra Madre lately, but if we are in line with the statewide reduction figures than most of what the Sierra Madre Watchman is describing might very well be moot. Which just goes to show, you never can tell about these things.

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27 comments:

  1. Judging from all the brown lawns and dead landscape around town, I'd guess Sierra Madre is doing pretty well. We'll see after this June hot spell how we did.

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  2. Mr. Mod,
    Congratulations! Its Independence Day for www.SierraMadreTattler.com. Independence from Downtown Dirts.

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  3. Glad to hear you got your name back. DB was a member of the Civility Party if I recall.

    Guess the Civility Party of Josh Moran, Joe Mosca & Nancy Walsh et al is dead, dead, dead. Woo hoo!!

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    1. not so quick

      they got Goss and Harabedian elected

      probably bring back Noah Greene for us "townies"

      anybody endorsed by Buchanan, Doyle, Stockley, MtView News and especially Nancy Walsh is bad bad bad bad for us

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    2. The Dirts are not gone. They are working behind the scenes. Who do you think is promoting the misinformation about the need for more taxes?

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    3. You should have seen Goss and Buchanan charing it up at the Firestation outreach deal a couple of weeks ago. You'd have thought they were the happiest couple in town.

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    4. John "The Wolf" Cappico is best friends with John Buchanan
      The Wolf is the financial conservative turncoat. The Wolf would have been recalled if his true political motives were known.
      The Wolf is bad news for the City of Sierra Madre!
      We are going to have to work extremely hard to make sure that the Wolf is Not reelected.
      We can only hope that he walks away, and does not run for office again.

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    5. No friend of Buchanan, and a very good friend of the Tattler, I will do my best to get Capoccia reelected. Do you know how many times he has voted with Denise and Rachelle? No one agrees with a council member 100% of the time but he has done as well as I could expect from any council member.

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  4. I think Howes is buddies with John Buchanan, too. Figures.

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    1. Dirts of a feather flock together.

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  5. Great news about the domain. The Tattler still thrived without it but its nice to have it back and easier for people to find. On another note, people can save water by doing the right thing and not just under threat of fines. I just hope that we aren't saving water so that more developers can come in like the Monastery folks who keep trying to get the largest housing project Sierra Madre has seen in decades built over on that sacred land. I didn't tighten my belt for them that's for sure.

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  6. Beady also glommed up the web addresses for the Cumquat and Downtown Dirt. I can't imagine why.

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    1. That was a standard Dirt tactic.
      During Measure V, someone took the pro measure v address of SMRRD.org, and made SMRRD.com for anti-measure v screeds. Remarkably similar screeds about no library, no police, economic death....

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  7. When is city Council going to take control of this city? We need a city staff that is educated and dedicated to running our city as efficient and cost effectually as possible. When we meet city staff I would like to thank them for a job well done, not be thinking in my mind that I look like a $ sign to them and conversations are strained because we can't lay all the cards on the table. Staying within the budget is a good start.

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    1. Fire the City Manager is the first step to financial solvency!
      Sierra Madre has to elect a City Council that is not afraid to do what they were elected to do, not what Elaine tells them to do.
      Corruption is very powerful in Sierra Madre politics!

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  8. That now means that the value of the Tattler is now worth at least 5 million plus dollars. Even more in Gemcoins!

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    1. Gemcoins are backed by an amber mine. They are a fine investment.

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    2. Very excellent and for those who know.

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  9. Off topic, but a slight segue from gemcons, why is Wuo or anyone else from Arcadia in the parade? Who oversees who is allowed to join the parade? Just doesn't make sense.

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    1. It is a mystery. Arcadia must know they have PR problems in Sierra Madre. Water theft and mcmansions being two big reasons. So I guess they think the sight of a smiling and waving Mayor Gemcoins will somehow make everything better. Nobody ever said they are smart.

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    2. It's been going on for many years. Someone from their city council is alwways in our parade.

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    3. Do our guys march in their parade?

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    4. What kind of reception do they get?

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    5. An entirely civil one, except for maybe 2 or 3 sections where there's a sign about an issue, or a jeer or two.
      There is most definitely not enough resident input.

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    6. In the eyes of many politicians civility means submissiveness.

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  10. Turns out it is no Woo but the current mayor who in fact voted with one other Arcadia CC to support the Highland Oaks folk against over development.

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