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Jan 06, 2016 10:55 |  #9466

jwcdds wrote in post #17846431 (external link)
Works well in theory. But sadly, too much corruption in government. Whatever "funds" that are raised though taxes on guise of improving/building "infrastructure" somehow gets embezzled, mismanaged, and or sidetracked into the employee pension/slush funds. And when we actually need the money to fix/build infrastructure, suddenly the money's "all gone" and no one has a clue where it went. Every politician/bureaucrat playing dumb because they all have a hand in the cookie jar.


It's actually not quite so dark. I work for a company that does quite a bit of engineering work for water and wastewater projects, so I can tell you that these projects do get built. More water is being detained for groundwater recharge, and desal projects are under construction and being completed (Carlsbad just went online, and Huntington Beach is underway). According to KPCC, in LA alone approx. 400 million gallons was detained in the last 24 hours alone. Which is not that much in the big picture, but it's a decent start.


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Jan 06, 2016 11:45 as a reply to  @ TustinMike's post |  #9467

Well, just recently, Yorba Linda Water District has proposed a substantial rate hike due to lost revenues. A reservoir was proposed YEARS ago and funds were allocated for it (and now disappeared) but no reservoir was ever built. 30 years!

related story:
http://articles.latime​s.com …n/12/local/me-reservoir12 (external link)

While recently, Yorba Linda spends $7million to build a fancy new administrative building, and they even hired a Public Relations guy who received 2 raises in under 2 years (has 6-figure salary).

I don't have the specific article to link to at this time but it is my understanding that the $9million that is supposedly in the account for the reservoir back in 2009 is... not really there anymore.

I mean... why does a water district even need a public relations position in the first place? :lol:

But that's enough of my soapbox for now.


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Jan 06, 2016 11:58 as a reply to  @ jwcdds's post |  #9468

I vote for more soapbox via julian  :p

I know reservoir issues have been problematic for a long time already, and my taxes arent getting any lower....


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Jan 06, 2016 18:27 |  #9469

The his is true about Yorba linda. My water bill has jumped almost 50 bucks and we used less water this month than the last 2 months. Go figure. The rich get richer and well you know the story.




  
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Jan 06, 2016 18:38 |  #9470

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Jan 06, 2016 19:38 |  #9471

djr01974 wrote in post #17847536 (external link)
The his is true about Yorba linda. My water bill has jumped almost 50 bucks and we used less water this month than the last 2 months. Go figure. The rich get richer and well you know the story.

What's worse... when the drought does end... you KNOW that water bill aint coming back down. They'll come up with other "explanations" as to why the rate should be increased further. :lol:


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Jan 06, 2016 23:01 |  #9472

jwcdds wrote in post #17846843 (external link)
Well, just recently, Yorba Linda Water District has proposed a substantial rate hike due to lost revenues. A reservoir was proposed YEARS ago and funds were allocated for it (and now disappeared) but no reservoir was ever built. 30 years!

related story:
http://articles.latime​s.com …n/12/local/me-reservoir12 (external link)

While recently, Yorba Linda spends $7million to build a fancy new administrative building, and they even hired a Public Relations guy who received 2 raises in under 2 years (has 6-figure salary).

I don't have the specific article to link to at this time but it is my understanding that the $9million that is supposedly in the account for the reservoir back in 2009 is... not really there anymore.

I mean... why does a water district even need a public relations position in the first place? :lol:

But that's enough of my soapbox for now.


djr01974 wrote in post #17847536 (external link)
The his is true about Yorba linda. My water bill has jumped almost 50 bucks and we used less water this month than the last 2 months. Go figure. The rich get richer and well you know the story.

As a Yorba Linda resident, I can attest to this. Rate hike is outrageous. And the way they implemented their idea of rationing was pretty dumb too. You get a standard rate for using up to X gallons a month (or whatever their metric is), and anything above that, you get charged a much higher rate.
And it doesn't matter if you're a household of two, on a 5,000 sq. ft. suburban lot, or a household of 6, on a ranch with horses and a few acres.
And while X gallons/ month may work well for the 2-person household, chances are the acreage horse ranch needs a lot more than X gallons, even if they're not watering lawns or taking daily showers...

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Jan 06, 2016 23:09 |  #9473

More Sedona hiking.

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Jan 06, 2016 23:19 as a reply to  @ Puckman's post |  #9474

I'll be in Sedona in a ~month. Really looking forward to it. Until then, I'll live vicariously through your photos! :-P




  
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Jan 07, 2016 02:31 |  #9475

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Jan 08, 2016 11:04 as a reply to  @ TustinMike's post |  #9477

I think the model got in the way of the car. :lol:


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Jan 08, 2016 11:11 |  #9478

koala yummies wrote in post #17846018 (external link)
Weeeee. Bridge-braced gif so a little wobble.


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you mean you are just demonstrating how powerful the waters could be :P

cool captures. those birds are probably like 'well... the water wasn't here yesterday...'




  
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Jan 08, 2016 11:12 |  #9479

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I think the model got in the way of the car. :lol:

which model? The guy in the back reflection? :P




  
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Jan 08, 2016 19:54 |  #9480

I just want to know what knucklehead felt that those yellow calipers belonged there. Big calipers sure, but the yellow doesnt fit the car at all. Red maybe, charcoal absolutely, but yellow, save that for the civics.


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