We had a pretty lively conversation about this here yesterday. I personally think it is the biggest issue that Sierra Madre faces these days, and will remain so for quite some time. A city that allowed its water infrastructure to decay to such a sorry state, so much so that it runs the risk of incurring huge fines from Sacramento because it is structurally incapable of both enforcing and complying with state water conservation mandates, has to be a matter for serious concern.
Can a city incapable of telling just how much of its water is lost to infrastructure issues really claim the authority to fine residents over water misuse? How exactly would they ever be able to tell? These are some of the questions that need to be asked. Fortunately we were able to obtain the following e-mail from Barry Gold. It went out to the City Council yesterday and pretty much nails it.
Hopefully tonight's meeting will not see City Hall slide into its usual "blame the residents" comfort zone and ignore what are some of the real issues involved in this community's failure to reach its state mandated water conservation goals.
Police Department Law Suits
The issue of Sierra Madre PD lawsuits came up recently as part of the discussion on the proposed double digit utility tax ballot initiative being considered by the City Council. As you know, it would be the third such initiative in as many elections, with much of the money raised going to the Police Department. The question being why would the community want to make this kind of financial sacrifice for so legally abusive a department.
The following Pasadena Star News article was filed in August of 2009. A few of the Marilyn Diaz related lawsuits are still working their way through the courts today.
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