Wednesday, August 5, 2015

According to the Los Angeles Times Sierra Madre Actually Did Hit Its Water Use Numbers

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During some of the recent City Council deliberations on the matter of rehiring the water rate rascals at Raftelis Financial Consultants, much was made by staff about the supposed inability of Sierra Madre residents to collectively hit their mandated water use numbers as dictated by Sacramento. Thus justifying the spending of $30,000 or so bucks on a consultant to establish citywide so-called "water budgets."

A water budget being a kind of inventory of the actual human beings living in Sierra Madre, including how many of them live per house, what they possess that might require water, and the nature of things such as the plants on their property. Nosy stuff like that. All so that those persons can be financially dunned more efficiently should these water budgets determine that they've used more agua than deemed appropriate.

Fortunately, the City Council blew all of that off. Hiring highly costly consultants at a time when City Hall is crying poverty, done in order to justify the doubling of utility taxes, is not only bad politics, but also in considerable poor taste. I believe that was taken into account.

Besides, it now appears that the Water Department Director, a Mr. Chicken Little, was wrong and Sierra Madre actually is hitting its state mandated water use goals. And all of his costly consultant stuff really wouldn't be that necessary after all. Here is the rather sunny assessment from the Los Angeles Times (link).

Sierra Madre

I find that to be pretty impressive, actually. At 32% Sierra Madre has one of the more rigorous water use reduction numbers in the state, and beating that number by a full percentage point is nothing anyone should sneeze at. Especially when you consider what happened in Pasadena, which has a goal that is considerably more lenient.

Pasadena

Sierra Madre's erstwhile water rival to the east, the City of Arcadia, apparently failed miserably. Even after having been busted in Superior Court for the wholesale theft of precious water reserves from the Foothill Village, they still went into overuse drive.

Arcadia

Not a very good performance for the Peacock Peoples Republic.

So what is the upshot of all this? What will the consequences of such failure be for Pasadena, Arcadia and other local water agencies that failed to hit their state mandated numbers? Apparently some very stiff fines (link) are possible. After all, Sacramento loves its money just as much as any other government in this state.


I guess we'll have to wait and see if Jerry Brown actually goes and does the deed.

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33 comments:

  1. So why would Bruce Inman say we weren't getting it done when we were?

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    1. Money. Of course. City Hall wants to fine the crap out of residents.

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    2. With Inman it could have just as easily been incompetence as corruption. In fact, it's more likely that it is incompetence.

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    3. Doesn't he have to clear his city council meeting talking points with the city manager first?

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    4. If the city keeps up the lie, they can go to the Big Brother allocation system. They get to know who's living in your house and add 1-2 more CalPERS employees.

      Win/Win for the bureaucrats. More money for Platinum Pensions!

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    5. This is getting pretty close to a scandal. Staff has been lying.

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    6. Bonds, benefits and pensions.

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    7. Inman is an idiot, and should be fired. Period!

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    8. Not such an idiot, 1:38. He's managed to hold onto a job he's not qualified for, for many years.

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    9. That is much more of a reflection on us.

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  2. We are moving into the summer allotment figures and will use more water due to the heat.We will not meet our reduction goals this month and throughout the rest of the summer.

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    1. You have been set up to fail.

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    2. "We" as in Arcadia residents?
      My house and the people I know in town are working hard on water conservation.

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    3. We as in Sierra Madre residents. I have a home with 3-4 people on a 75X150 lot and used 9 units this billing period.All my watering of the outside of my home was done with sink water,we only flush when absolutely necessary. I must use more water this month to keep anything alive,I think many people are in this situation.

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    4. Let the water penalties start to sink in. Trust me, everyone but the GotBucks crowd will use less water.

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    5. Now that Sierra Madre has successfully reduced its water use by a third, can we stop beating up the residents?

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    6. 8:13 That's just it my winter conservation target was 13,starting this month my summer target is 21 so I can use 30% more water without a penalty. The only thing slowing down my use now is the ridiculously high price we are charged for water,and a conviction that I need to restrain myself. No penalty

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    7. 8:14, based on past City Hall and City Councils, the answer is:
      No.

      Get out your wallet.

      Remember Rule #1:
      This is about the money

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    8. Rule # 2:
      If you don't think its about the money, read Rule # 1.

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  3. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! City hall will try to SCREW YOU ANY WAY THEY CAN... THIS IS NOT A SERVICE COMMUNITY. THEY ALL NEED TO GO!!!!!

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    1. This is a service community?

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    2. Nervous in the service community.

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    3. Well, it's not a manufacturing community.

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    1. why you so obsessed with the caps?

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  5. I understand that the city is using a different way of calculating than the state and that is the disparity rather than a lie. Look, the city doesn't make any more or less money by making the reduction goal with the state. Why not a pat on the back for all of us who have let our yards go to ruin instead of negative caps remarks.

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    1. You're right. Will you hold hands with the rest of us, 10:16, and we can sing Kumbaya?

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    2. The city uses a different way of calculating than the state? Can you share some insight on that?

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    3. 10:16 is referring to the city's use of dowsers.

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    4. Sarcasm will get you nowhere.

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    5. But a dowser can find water. They're a kind of consultant.

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  6. YO...YO CAPS!

    ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!

    Screw the taxpayer!

    CITY HALL HAS AGAIN SPOKEN!!!

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