Liberal Government overlords who tell you what you can and can’t do VS “the entitled” – Rich Californians (many Liberals)! Let’s not discuss the poor… 🙂
“California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom,” Barbre said. “It’s slowly becoming the land of one group telling everybody else how they think everybody should live their lives.” -Brett Barbre, Barbre sits on the 37-member board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
That’s what Liberals do!!!! 🙂 That’s their SOP!
Jurgen Gramckow, a sod farmer north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, agrees. He likens the freedom to buy water to the freedom to buy gasoline.
“Some people have a Prius; others have a Suburban,” Gramckow said. “Once the water goes through the meter, it’s yours.”
Not according to Liberals and “helpful” Government Overseers!
Yuhas, who hosts a conservative talk-radio show, abhors the culture of “drought-shaming” that has developed here since the drought began four years ago, especially the aerial shots of lavish lawns targeted for derision on the local TV news.
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.
People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.
But a moment of truth is at hand for Yuhas and his neighbors, and all of California will be watching: On July 1, for the first time in its 92-year history, Rancho Santa Fe will be subject to water rationing.
“It’s no longer a ‘You can only water on these days’ ” situation, said Jessica Parks, spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which provides water service to Rancho Santa Fe and other parts of San Diego County. “It’s now more of a ‘This is the amount of water you get within this billing period. And if you go over that, there will be high penalties.’ ”
So far, the community’s 3,100 residents have not felt the wrath of the water police. Authorities have issued only three citations for violations of a first round of rather mild water restrictions announced last fall. In a place where the median income is $189,000, where PGA legend Phil Mickelson once requested a separate water meter for his chipping greens, where financier Ralph Whitworth last month paid the Rolling Stones $2 million to play at a local bar, the fine, at $100, was less than intimidating.
All that is about to change, however. Under the new rules, each household will be assigned an essential allotment for basic indoor needs. Any additional usage — sprinklers, fountains, swimming pools — must be slashed by nearly half for the district to meet state-mandated targets.
Residents who exceed their allotment could see their already sky-high water bills triple. And for ultra-wealthy customers undeterred by financial penalties, the district reserves the right to install flow restrictors — quarter-size disks that make it difficult to, say, shower and do a load of laundry at the same time.
When I read this it reminded me of a story I saw on British Television when I was on vacation in May about British Gas installing a debit meter on a house by force that effectively meant that if you want gas (a primary heating source in the UK) you had to pay off the meter before it’s removed. And they did while the homeowners weren’t even home!
UK Guardian: Suppliers can also force existing customers on to prepayment meters if they have a significant debt on their account and have not attempted to pay it off or agree a repayment plan. Not letting them in your home won’t stop this happening – they can get a warrant to force entry, and charge you for it too.
Prepayment meters, also known as pay as you go meters, enable you to pay for your gas and electricity before you use it. British Gas considers a good “budgeting” tool. 🙂
More than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been forcibly installed in people’s homes over the last six years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.
97,000 pre-pay gas and electricity meters were installed in England, Wales and Scotland last year alone.
“Pre-payment meter customers can’t take advantage of the competitive energy market,” she added. “Many people become trapped on them and can’t get a better deal.”
See the story at (2012- but it has been increasing of late – the story I saw was recent): http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2124092/British-Gas-breaks-couples-home-installs-pre-pay-meter–changes-locks.html
Energy bills: prepay meters can cost poorer households hundreds. Customers who have to use prepayment meters are often offered only the most expensive tariffs.
Energy UK, the umbrella body for energy suppliers, said suppliers only installed pre-payment meters with a court warrant “as a last resort to help customers manage their debt“.
Gas, Water…as Hillary said, “What Difference does it make?”
Coming to an American Liberal Government near you?? 🙂
And back to California, which mismanaged their resources to begin with (see Delta Smelt for just 1):
In extreme cases, the district could shut off the tap altogether.
This is not Detroit!
Oh, the high-priced Lawyer lawsuit heaven!
“I think we’re being overly penalized, and we’re certainly being overly scrutinized by the world,” said Gay Butler, an interior designer out for a trail ride on her show horse, Bear. She said her water bill averages about $800 a month.
“It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture,” Butler said. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?”
YES!, Gee, I’m guessing “Global Warming” isn’t going to cow him. 🙂
The Liberal, I want to do what I want to do because I want to do it attitude meets the reality of Liberal government mismanagement.
Welcome to Reality.
On Friday, the state said it would impose sharp cutbacks on senior water rights dating back to the Gold Rush for the first time in four decades, a move that primarily hits farmers. And starting this month, all of California’s 400-plus water districts are under orders to reduce flow by at least 8 percent from 2013 levels.
Top water users such as Rancho Santa Fe are required to cut consumption by 36 percent. Other areas in the 36-percent crosshairs include much of the Central Valley, a farming region that runs up the middle of the state, and Orange County, a ritzy Republican stronghold between San Diego and Los Angeles.
The Central Valley has been suffering from a drought largely cause by environmentalists! (see Delta Smelt).
But don’t worry, we’re from The Government (or British Gas) and we’re here to run your life for you! 🙂
Be happy. It’s for your own good. 🙂