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"It's Either Do It, Or You Die" California Regulators Clamp Down On Water Waste

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While Las Vegas faces an existential crisis (and appears to be ignoring it), California regulators are starting to clamp down on water waste. As WSJ reports, about 60 California cities and agencies have imposed mandatory water-use cutbacks, some as high as 50%. In many cases, the rules are enforced by charging higher fees for excess usage. In others, inspectors are deployed to crack down on scofflaws. Sacramento - the state's capital - is among the worst offenders and most heavily 'policed' as a team of 40 inspectors have handed out2,444 notices year-to-date, with fines of up to $1,000 for repeat offenders. Neighbors are encouraged to whistleblow - there has been 7,604 water-use complaints; but not everyone is embracing the change as lawn repair is down 40% - "The propaganda dictates we haven't much choice... It's either do it or you die."



As WSJ reports, the drought is starting to hit real people's lives...

The pain of California's three-year drought is spreading from its agricultural belt to urban lawns and backyards, where residents are being hit with fines for excess water use, and businesses such as golf courses and lawn care are seeing revenue dry up due to water restrictions.


About 60 California cities and agencies have imposed mandatory water-use cutbacks, some as high as 50%. In many cases, the rules are enforced by charging higher fees for excess usage. In others, inspectors are deployed to crack down on scofflaws.


Among the most aggressively monitored locales is the state capital, Sacramento, which issued 2,444 notices of violation in the first 5½ months of the year, with fines of up to $1,000 for repeat offenders.


This year, the city cut outdoor watering to two days a week from three. Because only about half its homes have water meters to measure use, Sacramento must rely on inspectors to help enforce the rules.


A team of 40 inspectors working for the city's Department of Utilities investigate complaints. Sacramento, a city of 475,000, had received 7,604 water-use complaints as of June 18, said city spokeswoman Jessica Hess.

Sacramento said the goal is to change behavior, not raise revenue, but it's not just California...

Residential water restrictions have been instituted in other drought-ravaged parts of the country, including Texas, Kansas and North Carolina. Irrigation-dependent industries there and in California have been hurt.

The people are not happy...

In Sacramento, Bob Odom said his family's lawn-equipment repair business has dropped 40% this year from last year because of watering restrictions. "The propaganda dictates we haven't much choice," said Mr. Odom, 80. "It's either do it or you die."




Some residents are angry about the crackdown. "We spend hundreds of thousands for our homes and can't even water the grass," said Richard Massey, a 46-year-old disabled forklift operator, as he watched Mr. Geach cite a neighbor.

Finally, Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 20% cut in overall water use since he declared a drought emergency in January. The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider in July restrictions on such uses as operating outdoor fountains.

"Everyone is at risk over time from this drought," said board chairwoman Felicia Marcus. "It really is all for one and one for all."

And yet we go on as normal ignoring this ugly reality...


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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:31 | 4923223 LetThemEatRand
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"California Regulators Clamp Down On Water Waste."

It's about time someone told Pelosi to stop hydrating.  It's not doing any good, Nancy.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:51 | 4923269 1stepcloser
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Nancy needs to set an example of pissing into her lifestraw..

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:56 | 4923284 max2205
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Grapes of house for you!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:02 | 4923508 NoDecaf
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Next stop - militarized water meter readers. That is, if they aren't already wearing cammies and tactical gear,hiding in the bushes and taking photos of the Jones family watering their lawn. Better yet, they may need to go straight to SWAT-like tactics and use dynamic entries to search for illegal waterbeds and fish tanks.

US-fucking A man....enjoy your hot dogs tomorrow

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:22 | 4923560 americanspirit
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Call out the drones to spot the water terrorists. You got a green lawn? Enough said. Cue the RoundUp chopper - we have a target for you.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:28 | 4923792 sylviasays
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"Sacramento - the state's capital - is among the worst offenders and most heavily 'policed' as a team of 40 inspectors have handed out 2,444 notices year-to-date, with fines of up to $1,000 for repeat offenders. Neighbors are encouraged to whistleblow."

Sacramento has two large rivers that flows through it year round yet has the most draconian water restrictions.

Despite widespread news coverage of the drought, the state's major population centers have largely escaped severe mandatory rationing. Cities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas that have water shipped in from hundreds of miles away, have no water restrictions.  Meanwhile the Delta Smelt fish in the state's rivers get all the water they need and more.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:40 | 4923858 0b1knob
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California water use:

Agricultural / industrial use is more than 5 times domestic residential usage.   Any limits on residential use are just for propaganda purposes. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:50 | 4923877 sylviasays
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"Agricultural / industrial use is more than 5 times domestic residential usage."

Not this year. 

Farmers expect to get only a fraction — if any — of the water they need from vast government-controlled systems of canals and reservoirs interlacing the state. Obama said earlier this year that he would veto any bill passed by Congress that would provide water to farmers in the once fertile Central Valley.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:52 | 4924656 ninja247
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OK so it's 4 times the domestic residential usage.

Still propaganda 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:50 | 4923765 Freddie
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Regulators "Either we do it or we die."   I think American voters in Calif with a few brain cells (not that many anymore) would wish that the regulators would just die.

Cloward Piven (liberalism) destroyed that beautiful state.  The scum there did not make it beautiful - God, Gaia, the creator, big bang or whatever you believe made it beautiful.  The liberal scum from the East Coast who came out and destroyed CA are an invasive species.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:02 | 4924300 redd_green
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Heh, yeah, right.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:03 | 4923793 A Dollar Short
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She stopped long ago, have you seen her face lately?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:58 | 4924089 OldPhart
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I live in the middle of the mojave desert, the high desert...

the only things that grow in my lot are tumbleweeds and local flora.  I root out the tumbleweeds but leave the rest.  Neighbors have grass and it's coming into my AO...and I'm getting tired of digging it up.  I think I'll let it grow this time but I've never watered anything in my patch of dirt.  And I am NOT mowing a fucking patch of grass. (I don't even Have a mower!)

What we usually get are California Poppies (no, I don't think they can make heroin), Desert Marigolds, mustard, joshua sprouts, sage, mormon tea, and cholla cactus.  These are all native plants and most of these don't make it past August. I can usually clear the land in September just by using a light broom.

My Town, Apple Valley, spent millions renovating half of a main road by putting a central median down it.  As they built it, thousands of us saw the extensive water pipes put in and started questioning the coming waste of water.  The Town apologized but said the funds were already committed (part of that Obama Shovel Ready Bullshit Program).  So we now have half of a main road that boasts very green, inedible plants and trees that are weeded weekly by five old white guys in coolie hats.  Government at it's finest.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:35 | 4923229 plane jain
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Turf grass need an inch to an inch and a half of water a week.  Want a lawn?  Move some place where it rains.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:40 | 4923245 LetThemEatRand
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"'We spend hundreds of thousands for our homes and can't even water the grass,' said Richard Massey, a 46-year-old disabled forklift operator, as he watched Mr. Geach cite a neighbor."

So many things wrong with this statement.  First, he's a disabled forklift operator spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home.  Second, he thinks the price of his home has something to do with the availability of water.  Third, he lives in California.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:42 | 4923252 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  First, he's a disabled forklift operator

On disability,  so he's really two forklift operators.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:58 | 4923281 SemperFudge
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Can confirm. I'm an attorney in my late 20s, and the affordability of a home in the hundreds of thousands of dollars is a dubious proposition at best. And fuck this guy's lawn.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:42 | 4924084 OldPhart
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"I'm an attorney in my late 20s"

Die you fucking bastard, DIE!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:07 | 4924092 OldPhart
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Nothing personal to you or anything...just a gut reaction to a self admitted attorney.

I really hate those bastards.  Clyde Melvin had it nailed.


Clyde Melvin is why we suddenly had metal detectors in Court Houses.  He shot a judge and an attorney in Port St. Joe Florida.  I knew everyone of those people, including the sheriff that shot Clyde

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:22 | 4923827 Salsipuedes
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Isn't reading for comprehension against an Executive Order or something?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:22 | 4924016 Ms. Erable
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And yet, in community after community in the IE, I see nothing but green grass on city/county properties and buildings, street medians, and the local Gestapo and Fire houses - not to mention squeaky-clean, dirt-free city/county/state vehicles. Guess they missed the memo that they're IN THE FUCKING DESERT; no matter how much tar and concrete you slap over it, that ain't gonna change.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:38 | 4924033 sylviasays
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"And yet, in community after community in the IE, I see nothing but green grass on city/county properties and buildings, street medians, and the local Gestapo and Fire houses - not to mention squeaky-clean, dirt-free city/county/state vehicles."

Go figure. The IE has no water restrictions yet it is in the desert but Sacramento has severe water restrictions despite having two large rivers that flow through the city.

SoCal has the majority of the state's voters and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has a lot of clout. 



Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:27 | 4924103 Isotope
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"Forget it Jake; it's Chinatown."

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:18 | 4924578 Brutlstrudl
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"Water, Mr. Gittes".

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:40 | 4923246 Bangin7GramRocks
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Repeat after me Californians, "If its yellow, let it mellow. If its brown, flush it down."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:43 | 4923255 NOTaREALmerican
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Brown will be easily reelected.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:22 | 4923366 Jumbotron
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Brown keeps going down the pipe.....then...ploop.....keeps resurfacing in the bowl.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:38 | 4923422 robertocarlos
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He's a floater.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:23 | 4923564 americanspirit
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The more gas in a turd the higher it floats.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:36 | 4923851 NoDebt
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Some shit won't go down no matter how many times you flush.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:33 | 4924881 SF beatnik
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In China, yellow and brown both go into the fields. Fertilizer.


There are books at Amazon that tell how to do this safely.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:30 | 4923585 Libertarian777
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yep, notwithstanding he'll rather spend $100 BILLION on a fucking train to nowhere, while we can't build water and road infrastructure.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:36 | 4923230 Max Cynical
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If this is such a problem, why isn't there a moratorium on new housing?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:39 | 4923242 NOTaREALmerican
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Or growing rice.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:48 | 4923265 LetThemEatRand
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I had to look it up.  Turns out rice is the San Francisco treat.  I thought it was something else.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:17 | 4923349 knukles
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Not in the Castro ....

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:23 | 4923367 Jumbotron
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You mean anal beads are not a specie of rice ?    And all this time.......

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:36 | 4923416 knukles
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This rice tastes like shit!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:48 | 4923764 Milestones
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Funny!!!           Milestrones

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:33 | 4923404 Bangin7GramRocks
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4923344 Gold N Glocks
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or deportations of all wetbacks?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:35 | 4923232 GrinandBearit
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Had a job offer in Fresno recently.  This is one of the main reasons I did not take it.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:20 | 4923355 augustusgloop
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If you had a job offer roughly anywhere south 40 degrees latitude and west of 110 longitude you would be dependent on a vast government water project either federal or state. no need to pick on fresno.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:13 | 4924063 LosOsos
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Sorry to be picky about the details but this isn't wholey true. I live in a town called San Luis Obispo in the southern part of the worst drought area and our potable water isn't supplied by the feds or the state. We have multiple man made reseviours that supply our water. While some of these are getting critically low (Lake Nacimiento is at 20% and the ground water isn't doing well) our other reseviours are OK and we haven't had any water restrictions put in place.


The Central Valley used to be a wetland when the Spanish arrived. Unfortunately we fucked up the natural flow of water and exceeded the carrying capacity in too many places in the South West. Reap what you sow.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:11 | 4924560 soccersimulation
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We almost moved to Los Osos a couple years back. Nice area. I hadn't realized that Nacimiento was a county level project. Very nice! Have you ever read Cadillac Desert? There are a coupel of excellent chapters on the former Tulare Lake wetlands.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:37 | 4923237 NoWayJose
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SacTown didn't even have water meters 20 years ago - so use all you want! Not sure if they ever got them installed. Doesn't sound like it if the need inspectors.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:13 | 4923807 sylviasays
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"SacTown didn't even have water meters 20 years ago - so use all you want!"

Sacramento is one of the few places in California that has two large rivers flowing through it all year round. Jealous state legislators from parched Southern California and from the parched San Francisco Bay Area demanded that Sacramento’s residents be put on water meters about five years ago so that more water could flow south to Southern California and West to the San Francisco Bay Area. Water meters have been installed in about half of the city so far.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:39 | 4923244 Vint Slugs
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"Neighbors are encouraged to whistleblow...."


Hey, Tylers, words have specific meanings:   this is a case of "informing on" not whistleblowing.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:53 | 4923272 LetThemEatRand
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Who would down you for that?  See something, say something.  Can't even watch a fucking Blu-ray anymore without being reminded at the beginning that I'll be spending life in the ass slammer if I even think about trying to copy it.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:43 | 4923251 tmosley
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"the rules are enforced by charging higher fees for excess usage"

The correct way.

"inspectors are deployed to crack down on scofflaws"

The incorrect way.

Let a market price develop for water.  If they want green lawns so bad, they can pay for them through higher fees on their overusages.  If enough people do it, they can bring in water from anywhere.  Once upon a time there were proposals on the table for aqueducts to reach from Alaska and Canada to the southwest.  They've got all the water the lower 48 could ever need up there.  

A more likely solution would probably be desalianization, though.  That is also possible if enough people were willing to pay for green lawns.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:47 | 4923261 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  Let a market price develop for water

Yeah, in (libertarian) theory.    But, the smart-n-savvy people know that it's better to have a highly complex and regulated water supply system.   Otherwise, how would the smart-n-savvy people have prospered so much from it?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:54 | 4923276 El Vaquero
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It's nice having the water table at about 6'.  I can drive my own well.  I could even dig one of those old fashioned wells that is lined with stone, has a little cover and a bucket with a spool to drop down.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:41 | 4923439 COSMOS
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That could be dangerous, dead bodies have for thousands of years seemed to take a preference to wells.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:25 | 4923570 El Vaquero
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Why do you think I've been tempted to dig one here lately?


Seriously though, I will be putting a pitcher pump in sometime soon.  I was going to do that this spring, but it never materialized.  I think I'll wait until it cools off a bit though.  Even at 1 1/4" driving a well 32' by hand is a motherfucker.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:09 | 4924152 COSMOS
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I know you live in a particular southern state Vaq but I cant believe the water table is that high up over there.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:06 | 4924382 Stuck on Zero
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He lives in an area where the water table fluctuates.  Sometimes it's -6 feet and sometimes it's +6 feet.


Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:01 | 4924540 El Vaquero
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No, I live in a desert.  Near a constant source of water, even during drought.  Fluctuation is between 4' and 6'.  We've been in a drought for a decade, give or take, and it's still 6'.  It gets replenished with or without rain.  I get first dibs on the water here.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:59 | 4923290 LetThemEatRand
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I agree with you, tmosley, on charging real market price for watering lawns.  Where I would disagree with you is if all water (including the drinking and flushing variety) were priced based on the usage of wealthy people who want green lawns.   This is where libertarianism runs into a snag.  Let the rich pay to water their lawns and let the poor have dirt.  I'm fine with that.  No one needs a lawn.  But don't let the rich set the price of all water including drinking water, too, so they can water their fucking lawns.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:07 | 4923317 plane jain
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Absolutely.  Graduated scale FTW.

First X gallons = $X per gallon

Second X gallons =1.5 * $X per gallon

Third X gallons = 2 * $X per gallon

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:18 | 4923333 LetThemEatRand
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There you go.  Simple solution.  It would require limited government involvement for stuff people really need and prevent a few from depriving everyone else of that need, and still let the few have endless fountains of waste if that floats their boat (no pun intended).

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:52 | 4923478 robertocarlos
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How about water credits. Everybody gets X amount of water each and they can decide what to do with it. Sell some of your credits to rich people and they can use it to water the lawn. God help you if your house starts on fire though.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:17 | 4923528 LetThemEatRand
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Ouch.  Good point.  There is the firefighting need for water.  But it is very important that the wealthy be allowed to pay top price and use all available water to water their lawns and not have government interference.  So many tough choices..

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:02 | 4924138 malek
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Sorry to rain on your (and LTER's) parade, but the result as usual becomes gov't meddling without sense or reason.

Look at the central California PG&E electricity rates
Note that CARE is the program for "income-qualified customers", i.e. low earners.

Tiers are:
Tier 1 = up to 100% baseline usage (set at 11.0 kWh per day in the Bay Area)
Tier 2 = 100-130%
Tier 3 = 130-200%
Tier 4 = the usage above 200%

So if you look at the table in the link, above 130% baseline costs more than double. (And before 2012 Tier 4 effectively was triple cost of baseline.)
Okay, that is a graduated scale, no basic complaints here.

But then look at the same numbers for low income folks on the CARE program:
No matter how much they use, they will never pay more than Tier 1 for regular folks.
Or in other words they have no serious incentive to limit use.
And lookup the special low EV charging rates.

So in summary this can only be explained as:
Commiefornia believes that only the rich (residential) users consume excess electricity and therefore must be fleeced. (And lower income usage is so negligible that is needn't be looked at. /sarc)
As EV drivers however the same rich folks -who are the only ones who can afford buying an EV as a second car- can feast on low cost electricity, because driving an EV with electricity generated by natural gas is overall so much better for the environment /SARC (They recently built a new natural gas-fired 429 MW power station in Hayward.)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:24 | 4923377 jim249
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 "If enough people do it, they can bring in water from anywhere.  Once upon a time there were proposals on the table for aqueducts to reach from Alaska and Canada to the southwest.  They've got all the water the lower 48 could ever need up there."


This is the same thinking that LA had when they tapped into the Owens Valley. That valley is now a dead zone. There was talk a few years ago about tapping into the Snake River and sending that water south. Screw that. Those people in Cali live in a desert. Let them get their water from the ocean.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:32 | 4923944 Anusocracy
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Got water?

Great Lakes

6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water; one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water (only the polar ice caps and Lake Baikal in Siberia contain more); 95 percent of the U.S. supply; 84 percent of the surface water supply in North America. Spread evenly across the continental U.S., the Great Lakes would submerge the country under about 9.5 feet of water.

More than 94,000 square miles/244,000 square kilometres of water (larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire combined, or about 23 percent of the province of Ontario). About 295,000 square miles/767,000 square kilometres in the watershed (the area where all the rivers and streams drain into the lakes).

United States and Canada -- 10,900 mi/17,549 km (including connecting channels, mainland and islands). The Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44 percent of the circumference of the earth, and Michigan's Great Lakes coast totals 3,288 mi/5,294 km, more coastline than any state but Alaska.

References: Great Lakes Basin brochure, 1990, Michigan Sea Grant

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:14 | 4924099 OldPhart
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Thing is, once that resource is tapped, farming and cities would reduce each of them to mere puddles within a decade...and those with the Great Lakes are very well aware of that.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:55 | 4924782 Anusocracy
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They do work to increase the outflow from the upper Great Lakes occasionally. I assume they could reduce the outflow also.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:28 | 4927086 hidingfromhelis
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Even if there was a cross-country pipeline for water, it isn't going to siphon itself over that distance.  Add the cost of the pipeline and the cost to pump, and it gets prohibitively ugly really quickly.  The "plenty of water over there" arguments seem to be brought to us by the same folks that claim there's plenty of oil...if you count oil with a negative EROEI in production and distribution.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:24 | 4923568 kchrisc
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""the rules are enforced by charging higher fees for excess usage" The correct way. "inspectors are deployed to crack down on scofflaws" The incorrect way."

Yes, it is interesting that, when given two choices, one common sense and one of violence, the pols and crats will always choose violence.


"Unfortunately for the pols and crats, my guillotine is similarly inclined."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:11 | 4923670 samsara
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That might be the market way. But if someone rich enough to pay the fine and not give a shit, they might get some push back from a few ten thousand who's kids are thirsty

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:45 | 4923257 Saucy-Jack
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Urine therapy FTW!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:52 | 4923271 QQQBall
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was in palm springs last weekend. Still have fountains and water was misted above the sidewalk in front of a alocal eatery. Conservation has a long way to go.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:54 | 4923277 kowalli
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Conservation was made for poor people,so rich can use all they want=)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:30 | 4923392 Flakmeister
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The rich use whatever the fuck they want...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:15 | 4923544 nmewn
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...and the poor don't pay for whatever they want.

This is gonna work out swell for the middle class, don't you think?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:27 | 4923712 Flakmeister
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What middle class?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:07 | 4924201 nmewn
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True enough.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:20 | 4924102 OldPhart
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Palm Springs is very unique in a water sense.  That area gets water from the snow melt in the San Jacinto mountains to the point that it literally springs out of the ground.  Hence the name, Palm Springs.

The place is hotter than hell in the summer, but it does have it's own source of replenshable water, and can use it for as local needs's their own fuckin' water!

And the misting from the eatery was being paid for by that just enjoyed the benefit, like any other social parasite.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:53 | 4923274 john316jr
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Livin' in the new Humboldt County weather is great!!! This keeps all the locals quiet on those< "Man what I wouldn't do for a Socal summer" comments.  72 degrees breezy sea air.  If this keeps up then the home values will start to head towards the gross values of the Bay Area and I can feel good about the budget town of Eureka!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:07 | 4923316 homiegot
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Butthead: "They're drinking their own pee. Huh huh huh huh."
Beavis: "Yeah! Pee! Heh heh heh!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:27 | 4923577 americanspirit
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In a New York City resaturant the glass of water they put in front of you has already passed through approximately 400 other people. Salut!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:35 | 4923950 Real Estate Geek
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Phoenix or Vegas, sure.  But NYC has great water.  (But I didn't DV you.)

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:36 | 4925180 FrankDrakman
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What kind of nonsense is this? Each water molecule has passed through thousands, if not millions, of people/animals. The cycle is evaporation, then precipitation, with some small fraction iused by plants/humans, then returned in a dirty state to the oceans, where the cycle repeats.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:09 | 4923321 Tulpa
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IMHO this isn't restrictive enough, there should be an outright ban on watering lawns in drought areas.  People who live in a goddam desert (e.g. Nevada and most of California) should not be using scarce water to keep grass alive.  If you want a nice green lawn, move to Kentucky.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:57 | 4923493 Moe Hamhead
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But...  I thought Kentucky had blue grass!!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:54 | 4924655 rwe2late
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 Restrictions (mandated xeriscaping) needs to apply to businesses as well as private homes.

There is a problem with compliance, as many doubtless do not want to conserve water use only to see Walmart parking lots, banks, and gas stations with watered lawns.

There has been no reduction in the pace of new homebuilding in most areas.

Sadly, the politically-connected real estate development racket is only concerned with today's profits,

not the long-term problem of settling an unsustainable population in desert (cheap land) regions.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:09 | 4923324 WMM II
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"the drought is starting to hit real people's lives"


thank god the unreal people are doing ok.




Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4923342 theliberalliberal
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They impose water restriction in Perth, WA.

but "you are allowed to handwater"

5:30pm in summer -->> Every bloke has garden hose in one hand and beer in the other.

which is rediculous because you are now wasting quality drinking ..err.. i mean... tap water instead of superficial groundwater that a bore pump uses.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:21 | 4924015 UselessEater
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After living in WA I moved to QLD the wet tropics and discovered I regularly had water restrictions imposed on me in Cairns, QLD....WTF??? We get flooded almost every single wet season its spectacular I can watch fish from my back deck each summer and feed kangaroos each winter when it dry ....down the road, Tully has about the highest rainfall in Australia (I white water raft until its too dangerous).

Then again Cairns Council is a paid member of ICLEI which is UN Agenda 21's local implementer (aka local council infiltrating profit vacuum center) so we can't extend nor build new dams on the premise it hurts the environment, but we can dredge and expand coal ports nearby which really harms the Great Barrier Reef and as an avid scuba diver who surveys reefs the damage is so obvious. In Cairns we can also spend millions of dollars on "bicycle pathways" for 2-3% of the population - that fits the "investment" strategy of ICLEI, Clinton Foundation etc, but water for human beings... nah.

Be alert folks there is a bigger picture being played by a global club over water, its a big club and we are not in it. Expect more of these water "dilemmas" they have been a long time in the making.

E.g. Tim Flannery, former Climate Change Paid Guru predicting droughts distorting water management then we had floods (resulting in human deaths), but on his advice twits went into de-salination and councils like Toowoomba pushed recycling water for drinking??? How many of TPTB kids will drink and bathe in recycled water? ZERO.

The worst part is that we are not investing our rates/taxes/fees/surcharges/fines in addressing the unnecessary problem instead we are ensuring that areas which were once locally owned food bowls are starved and sold out to mega-corporations (watching it before my eyes, there are suicides and divorces -its horrid).

A couple of years ago my Aunt had to take her own water with her to hospital in Zimbabwe (she's not rich but white so what's it like for the rest? It wasn't always like that for anyone there.).

Can you not see the writing on the wall??? Nestle etc can hence they're buying up water rights for pennies, Bush gets land over a major aquifer in Paraguay...

Control fiat money, food, water, etc slowly over time in incremental steps (so they cannot connect the dots)....then you have humanity on its knees begging for relief.

Hollywood paints a picture of a Mad Max Apocalypse so we do not see it happening around us on a daily basis. Everyone sits and waits for the world to look like Mad Max to tell them its turned to shit. They can't believe that TPTB would keep their narcotic shopping malls and movie houses operating in pleasant-ville planned-opolis.

Who's your Daddy? Orwell or Huxley?

(Hint - both with a nice 21st century twist to fit today's conditioning and technology).







Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:19 | 4924156 COSMOS
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Very Interesting stuff UE,  you are right there are some major moves afoot, here in Texas lots of the uberich have been buying water rights left and right, ie like T Boone Pickens etc. and of course large corporations.  People may not realize it but eventually even those with wells on their properties will end up having their water rights legislated aways and end up with a water meter on their own wells having to pay the municipalities and corporations which are looking to make every dollar they possibly can.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:33 | 4925173 FrankDrakman
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Saw a cartoon the other day, which I'll try to reproduce in words:

Orwell feared that the government would control all the information through censorship/memory hole/etc. Huxley feared we'd be swamped with so much information (Honey Boo-boo, the interwebs) we would choose trivia over substance.

Orwell feared that gov't would control us via guns, jackboots, and jails. Huxley feared that gov't would control us via conditioning and drugs.

Orwell feared that what we hate and fear would rule us. Huxley feared that what we love and want (TV, intertubes, drugs, sex, not relationships, learning, morality) would rule us.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 06:34 | 4926196 kareninca
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So they were both right.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:24 | 4923374 Rootin' for Putin
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And yet the Midwest and prairies are abnormally wet.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:30 | 4923396 hairball48
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Why do only  1/2 the homes have water meters? How arrogant is that?

Fucking "moral hazard" is what no meters is. I hope the fuckers go thirsty.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:14 | 4923824 sylviasays
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"Why do only  1/2 the homes have water meters? How arrogant is that?"


Unlike San Diego, LA or the SF Bay Area, Sacramento has draconian water restrictions yet it is one of the few places in California that has two large rivers flowing through it all year round.  Jealous state legislators from parched Southern California and from the parched San Francisco Bay Area demanded 5 years ago that Sacramento’s residents be put on water meters so that more water could flow south to Southern California and West to the San Francisco Bay Area. Water meters have been installed in about half the city so far.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:31 | 4923400 Flakmeister
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The fun is only starting....

They better hope an El Nino dumps 20 ft of snow in the Sierra Nevada next winter...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:46 | 4923456 FeralSerf
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It's all about priorities and money. Big money. Some farmers will lose everything. Others, banks included, will win big. The taxpayers and food buyers will lose.

The Corps. of Engineers discharged huge amounts of water this year and last year (3 or 4 times normal river flows) out of the reservoirs down the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers to keep salt water out of the Delta, or to save the Delta smelt, or to cool down the rivers a few degrees for the steelhead migration, or some other politically charged excuse, all depending on who one listens to and their constituencies.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:34 | 4923406 Caveman93
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I say...die..please.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:41 | 4923409 grunk
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My God! How will Barky play golf when fundraising in SoCal?


Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:16 | 4923830 sylviasays
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"My God! How will Barky play golf when fundraising in SoCal?"

Barky will always be able to play golf when fundraising in SoCal because SoCal is not on water restrictions and they will always be able to obtain (or steal) all the water they need from hundreds of miles away. Most of the population lives in Southern California and that's where all the votes are. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:49 | 4923465 alexcojones
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Back in the Hippie era, we had a saying.

Conserve water; shower together.

Sadly never had that opportunity.

Now I'm just a dirty old hippie.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:01 | 4923506 Flakmeister
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The "dirty fuckin' hippies" were right about a lot of stuff....

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:08 | 4923527 nmewn
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Yeah but now they're all grown up and insist on not only telling everyone how to live but enforcing it by "the man".

Totally uncool, really harshes the vibe ;-)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:52 | 4923611 samsara
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No, only the 'Greg Marmalard' types. (See Animal House).

Many Many of us Never trusted the police, or government.

You might have heard 'Do your own thing, I'll do mine."

THAT was the intent of Republic vs Democracy.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:37 | 4923743 nmewn
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"Many Many of us Never trusted the police, or government."

Well, we shouldn't. Ever.

"You might have heard 'Do your own thing, I'll do mine."

I did, mine was always question & resist authority, as a dope smoking long hair, the mindset is still there, just with short hair & no ganja for now but there's always

I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed in how many sold out (which was another one of my Rules for Radicals) to authority. They may have thought (giving them the benefit of the doubt, which is generous to what I really think they are) they were doing the best for all in their heart when they started out but they never considered the intoxication of power.

Many of them have become absolutely tyrannical now, the same thing WE ALL opposed. Many to this day can't see it in themselves, from PC speech to salt, fat & sugar (now there's something, people who did mescaline & heroin watching their friends OD or jump off balconies, think salt to advocating for state control of self defense to advocating for windmill/solar farms which destroys nature and are heavilly subsidized by "the man" to benefit corporate board members, who aren't people...or sumpin.

Its some of the stupidest, twisted shit I've had to deal with and separate myself from.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:48 | 4923761 samsara
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Watch the movie Zapata with Marlon Brando. It shows the whole cycle. ( or life and times of Judge Roy Bean")

In movie Woodststock Joni Mitchell said. "We found we couldn't change the world, we couldn't even change ourselves. But we found we could make money."

Some are still true to the original vibe.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:39 | 4924117 OldPhart
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Weird how those of us from that era twisted around, isn't it. 

Back then I was this straightlaced military-brat that was disgusted and disheartened on how the Viet Nam vets were being treated, tried pot but didn't like the taste and rejected it, didn't do any drugs, was catholic lecturn/cantor/alter boy, wore moms extra deputy sheriff jacket to high school because it was the warmest thing that fit, and volunteered for the USMC in that period where there was no draft and no requirement to register for the draft so I never did.

Now, I want our government dismantled, it's participants executed, it's owner's skinned alive and left staked on antbeds and I really don't give a shit if you smoke weed or dried cow turds (didn't then, either though).  I no longer think that prohibition will result in anything other than the solution to the booze prohibition of the 30's.  Most of our prisons should be emptied for 'drug offenses' other than murder, and that our private prison industry needs to be killed. 

There is too much control over our daily lives and I'm fucking done taking it, or allowing it.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:38 | 4924216 nmewn
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“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” - HL Mencken

Therein lies the rub. How can we fight alongside or for complete idiots, those we call sheeple? These are the ones who will be cowering in corners and as soon as the fight is over will pop their heads up and demand something (through .gov) from the survivors.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:46 | 4924276 BeansMcGreens
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Don't worry about the idiots. How can one be exspected to change the mind sets of millions (and that is in this country) of people? Slowly have turned my business into one that serves like-minded individuals.  Contact with the "sheeple" has been reduced to about when I drive by a McDonalds. Try this nmewn, and enjoy life.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:34 | 4924338 nmewn
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I'd enjoy it a lot more if there weren't so many idiots ;-)

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:03 | 4924673 rwe2late
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 Bush, Obama, Cheney, McCain, Hillary, Kerry, et al may have smoked some weed, but they were never hippies.

The defining characteristics of "hippies" were rejection of materialism/consumerism/violence.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:07 | 4923522 Duc888
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If Cacti and Succulents grow naturally in your geographic area....why plant friggin grass.  Have a lovely "garden" with the indigenous species and some creativity.  I've seen some totally smokin' "rock gardens" with Cacti.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:12 | 4923536 Duc888
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Cynical: If this is such a problem, why isn't there a moratorium on new housing?


'cause Oblabla just hasn't pulled an EO out his ass for this yet.

Give him a month or two.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:15 | 4923545 kchrisc
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Water Stasi.

Practise for the real Stasi.

"See watering, say something."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:17 | 4923553 nmewn
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Sooo, ummm, what central planning authority is responsible for allowing millions of people to migrate to what was essentially, an arid wasteland?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:31 | 4923573 teslaberry
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every body is yelling about how evil restrictions are. 


just because government may be corrupt doesn't mean that you can dismiss the notion of public law. 


fine, sure, live in your libertarian fantasy where everyone should just have a 'free market' for water. see what happens when the very richest water their lawns with unaffordeable water and avocado growers suck down all the water, while the poor wind up bathing in urine and starving because there's no money for staple crops that are less affordeable. 


this is how the soviet union wound up having no wheat and collapsing in part to food shortages. POOR PUBLIC PLANNING. 

not that i'm saying the california govenrment is --in practice -----going to do anything other than fuck things up. but in theory-----the idea of everyone just caving into price gauging by whoever may happen to control the water---well. whoever that may be, you can best bet they're not interesting in being held accountable to any public debate let alone voting with regard to control over the water. if you disagree with their policies, no water for you. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:42 | 4923604 samsara
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I think water would be a trip wire if it got that bad. Let's say the rich would get some push back. A little bit of the new new neighborhood watch coming with pitchforks and more modern up to date things.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:04 | 4923650 nmewn
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1) The Soviet Union died because it was communist.

2) The Soviet Union had all kinds of centralized "public plans" but none of them worked for the whole.

3) And the most relevant, the Soviet Union had water coming out of its ass and still couldn't survive.

4) Central planning is the problem in California but water has always been a problem for southern California.

5) So clearly, more central planning will cure southern California's water problems by unleashing the power of the state (plus overtime and bonuses for true zealots) to extract money from California's citizens who use more water than the state deems necessary.

Or they could desal, cuz they, ya know, live in a fucking desert.

I'm thinkin make all the Hollywood & SillyCone Valley-types pay for it...Beyonce's got game ;-)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:38 | 4923583 grunk
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I volunteer to piss on Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, or Diane Feinstein when they are in California.

Drink global, piss local.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:46 | 4923610 alexcojones
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Thanks Flak-

I luv ya man-

But I've had some wine & bud so I'm not in my "right" mind

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:48 | 4923615 flyonmywall
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You know it's a housing bubble when 46-year old disabled forklift operators complain about not being able to water the grass on his home worth "hundreds of thousands of dollars...."

Is it time to get serious about shorting NQETRE ?



Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:24 | 4923704 Jerk_Store
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You know it's a housing bubble when 46-year old disabled forklift operators complain about not being able to water the grass on his home worth "hundreds of thousands of dollars...."


hey, he hurt his back...he deserves a $300,000 house at the very least..this is america damnit

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:03 | 4923645 yochananmichael
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the assholes should all be arrested for the rape of Owens Valley and Hetch-Hetchy

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:21 | 4923700 Jerk_Store
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Some residents are angry about the crackdown. "We spend hundreds of thousands for our homes and can't even water the grass," said Richard Massey, a 46-year-old disabled forklift operator, as he watched Mr. Geach cite a neighbor.



At least someone is focusing on the really important issues


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:49 | 4923768 alexcojones
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And Phoenix is getting its first Monsoon activity...

Major duststorm...

Made a rain gage just for this occasion

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:15 | 4923813 Joe A
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Let the thirst games begin.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:34 | 4923820 A Dollar Short
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Cloverdale, up near the redwoods in Sonoma county, was one of the first in the state to impliment strict water conversation (conservation).  The population is a little over 9000.  It only received 22 inches.  


Southern California with populations in the millions, scoffed.  Obama needed the golf courses green.  Palm Springs is a joke as is the rest of the area.  Cities water the parks and medians with overhead sprinklers and there are millions of pools in backyards - 4 fucking inches of rain.  Go fucking figure...  Palm Springs alone has over 300 golf courses, and it hardly rained at all.  They are still building subdivisions in nearly all the counties.  Obama is bussing his minions of underage brown shirts (people) into their communities to draw welfare and be babysit until they are of age and can (never will) support theirselves and their young babies because most got impregnated on their trip through Mexico.  Can you imagine bussing these children into a desert to survive?


I say, water all you want Cloverdale, why save it for those assholes down there.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:37 | 4923855 Salsipuedes
Salsipuedes's picture Sinners in the Garden of Eden - a paradise to live in or see, but believe it or not, it was all for naught and nuthin' but the dough rey me boy.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:57 | 4923893 theyjustcantstop
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where is the fine money going, to build desalination plants, or their train to nowhere, dnc, union wage increases, making sure a few 100,000, illegals get into your state, and your tax-dollars pay for their water.

save all ca. homeowners millions, don't let people build houses worth millions a stones throw from the ocean, or build on the side of a mountian that either burns in brush, or forrest fires, or slide down the mountian in a heavy rain, yearly.

keep californians house insurance rates from go up, as your water rates.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:50 | 4924087 StychoKiller
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There are/were innovative answers to traditional stick-frame housing:

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:59 | 4923898 starman
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so how much is your real estate worth without water? Just wondering.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:45 | 4924039 sylviasays
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"so how much is your real estate worth without water? Just wondering."

In some cases millions. For example, the rich Hollywood elite have estates in areas like Brentwood that are worth millions of dollars despite living in a place where water must be shipped in from hundreds of miles of away.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:19 | 4924011 trader1
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blame michael burry.

he's using all the water for his almond farms:

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:40 | 4924024 A Dollar Short
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No, don't take away my almonds!




No Almond control!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:29 | 4924022 PennilessPauper
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"Everyone is at risk over time from this drought," said board chairwoman Felicia Marcus. "It really is all for one and one for all."

No I'm not!  I don't live in a state of sheep who think the government is the solution to the problems the government created.

Why can't the people have an Olympic sized fountain spraying water everywhere with water they bought on the open market?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:38 | 4924032 A Dollar Short
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Absolutely, lets get that pipe from the nucleated Columbia River to go riight through Oregon and meet up with the California Aqueduct to irridate the southern sheep.


Hail to the open Market!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:47 | 4924038 mrmister
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Think of all the military bases in Western USA. One of them has already told the town they will be moving equipment to other places. This Drought is the real deal. People I know are letting sewage build up in toilets before they flush. California is asking them to do this. Under normal rain conditions it takes years for new lakes to fill.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:58 | 4924055 A Dollar Short
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Kinda pooey, if you ask me..


MOAR Golf courses is the answer!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:26 | 4924072 hibou-Owl
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Melbourne Oz, targeted 150 litres per person per day and we went well below that in actual meter readings.
No watering gardens
No topping up swimming pools
No washing cars, driveways etc
We put bucket in the shower and that went on the vege patch
All grey water went on the garden

The US is in La La land, and in consumption locked thinking,

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:47 | 4924641 Jorgen
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This drought in the western U.S. may be a future boom for Israeli companies:

Instead of going to the ocean, California's big cities waste water should be going to the fields. Of course, this will require the whole cleaners and detergents chemical industry to make their products eco-friendly which is not the case at present.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:34 | 4924114 Kirk2NCC1701
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Total scam. You should research who uses how much water, as should Tyler, and you'd sing a different tune.

It turns out that Residential usage is way lower than industrial usage. Which is way exceeded by... [drumroll] Agricultural usage.

Now think about that for a minute: How much water evaporates, when sprayed into the dry California air.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:32 | 4924416 Catullus
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Every time you flush your toilet, you're killing people!!! Pay no attention to the ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO THE CALIFORNIA ECONOMY wine industry. It's your fault.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:49 | 4924127 Gringo Viejo
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"Disabled" Forklift Operator in a $500,000 home pissed because he can't water his lawn.

I live in the Bay Area. You kind of have to live here to appreciate the full insanity of my first sentence.

The guy across the street from me.....disabled ironworker.

The guy to the left of me....disabled sheriff.

The woman to the right of me......disabled cashier.

But they all wave when I drag my 63 year old ass off to work.

Friendly folks. Disabled......but damn friendly.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00 | 4924221 RichardParker
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Do it or you die? I call bullshit. Lol How the hell did these guys manage to pull off the prvitazion of water resercoirs?




Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:50 | 4924414 Dingleberry
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Maybe they never noticed how NEALRY THE ENTIRE FUCKING STATE IS BROWN!!!!!


Man was never meant to live in Socal. The only way he can is by defying nature and stealing water from someplace else, all the while importing millions of new taxpayers of democrat-dole-dependents.

Typical liberals. They think they can violate the laws of reality and nature with their dreams.  All the sunshine and water you want!!

Well, in my experience, reality generally wins out.  Looks like it did here too.  Couldn't happen to a greater bunch of fools.

Now get back to your rock garden. And get marshmellows ready for the next wildfire.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:20 | 4924490 globalvagabond
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I'm about to drill a well into the aquifer on my property at the headwaters of the Colorado River.  I drink your milkshake, Pelosi supporter communists. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:20 | 4924584 soccersimulation
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Wait until this project gets going in the next twenty years. Sorry Canada!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:59 | 4924792 dirtbagger
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It doesn't matter what the water user does they will always get screwed.   If everyone cuts water use,  the local water district will complain there is not enough revenue to pay debt and run operations.   Next thing you see on your bill is a surcharge for conserving water.  

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:35 | 4924875 Jorgen
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And this exactly may be the reason why, in th U.S., they don't sell fuel efficient 55+ mpg turbo-diesel cars like in Europe. Tax revenue concerns...

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:03 | 4924943 mastersnark
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If my state bordered the world's largest ocean, at somepoint it might have crossed my mind to invent a way to remove salt from the water.

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