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What’s the Big Deal this Memorial Day

whats-the-big-deal-2What’s the big deal this Memorial Day?  A former city council member may be suffering from convenient amnesia.  A utility provider may decrease incentives to remove your lawn and a Los Angeles Times reporter is in dire need of attending a Water 101 class.

Water 101

Los Angeles Times reporter Monte Morin needs to sign up for West Basin’s Water 101 class expeditiously.  His latest article titled Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers is misleading.  Why?  It is ALREADY being done.  The process of water begins with City of Los Angeles collecting sewer water, from up north, at one of their many water reclamation plants.  It is then run through a secondary process at Hyperion Treatment Plant, which collects the wastewater then removes the poop, and turns the water potable.  As our wastewater moves further down the pipeline, to our friends south of the border, they don’t have a full secondary process that cleans the water.  Thus the reminders to “not drink their water”.  What’s the big deal?  LA Times is too influential to have staff writing things out the sides of their neck.  Ron Wildermuth is always available and more than happy to answer your water questions.

On a side note, Metropolitan Water District is looking to decrease the incentive amount offered to businesses to remove their lawn, fearing they would use up all of the subsidies and leaving residential homeowners out.

Pennysaver

In a surprising and perhaps not a coincidence move, the widely circulated advertising circular had their credit line snatched from the bank.  Employees were not given final paychecks nor where they given COBRA benefit options.  Of course someone wants to buy the circular and the current chief executive is looking to get a new lender.  What’s the big deal?  What have they done with all of the advertising money they received from all the ads in there?

Read more on LATimes.com

Sacramento County

In a bizarre chain of events, Sacramento code enforcement department employees have resigned over the manner in which some businesses are given preferential treatment to avoid payment of code violation related fines.  In emails obtained by the Sacramento Bee, county managers directed code officers to stop citing new-car dealers and only cite used-car dealers.  What’s the big deal?  Be careful what you put in your work email for they are subjected to Public Records Requests.

Read more on sacbee.com

LADWP

After being ambushed at lunch by CBS2 reporter David Goldstein, former Los Angeles city council member, Dennis Zine, has written a long-winded diatribe blasting current City Controller Ron Galperin and his audit of the two DWP training trusts.  The trusts became a contentious issue during the previous election, with Galperin promptly stopping the annual $4 million dollar payment, as his first action after winning the seat vacated by Wendy Greuel.  The trust has received a total of $44 million of ratepayers money going back to the days of James Hahn’s mayorship.  What’s the big deal?  Denny conveniently neglected to include in his article that he was on council when the vote was approved to pay the trusts.  He was elected in 2001 while one of the trusts was created a year later.

Read the comments of his article on CityWatchLA.com

To make matters worse, Los Angeles Daily News reported DWP safety is twice as bad as the national average, despite millions spent on trusts.  Ay dios mio!

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