Wednesday, April 22nd …: Here in the lush ‘Burbs of Los Angeles this morning is bright and beautiful… Mockingbirds fill the air with a chorus of bird song and hummingbirds flit around the blossoms on the trees…another day in paradise marred only by the sound of traffic and leaf blowers.
I hate waking up to the noxious noise of leaf blowers. After my first smoke and cup of coffee, the Tylenol is starting to kick in to take the edge off my arthritic hangover and I’m beginning to feel half human.
…NPR…: The local news is all about the drought and the implementation of tiered charges to encourage conservation. Some years ago we passed Prop 218 and when pinheads in San Juan Capistrano recently took their water agency to court the judge ruled against the agency because generic arbitrary tiers are “unfair to households with large families” which makes sense. A house with six people and four kids is going to consume much more water than the home with a retired couple next door. Here in LA it’s back to the drawing board and the mayor is holding hearings. Now the owners of apartment buildings are throwing another wrench into the works by threatening to sue if they can’t pass on the additional expense of tiered charges to their tenants. The mayor says that’s a “no go” unless the owners install individual meters for every unit… and so it goes.
I have to wonder why no one is asking the obvious question, “Why are we watering lawns and golf courses in a desert?”
BTW: While water bills are public records for Joe Citizen, in cities like Beverly Hills and Palm Springs, the rich and famous can have their records of water consumption “concealed” from the public through a “security exemption”... can’t have drug gangs, ISIS kidnapers or irate customers knocking on your door because they can access your water bill.
…Another Day in Paradise – Which happens to be the 45th celebration of Earth Day. While listening to the news on NPR for an hour and a half, I’ve heard about politics, the arrest of a stock market manipulator, Turkish/Armenian holocaust tourism, gentrification in Boyle Heights, California city codes that require grass lawns in the Central Valley, the machinations in the Senate over the Attorney General nomination, the salvage of the South Korean Ferry, a new $1.7 billion NFL Chargers/Raiders Stadium approval in Carson, the vaccine bill in the State Legislature, Ben Affleck’s ancestral slave owner omission from Henry Lewis Gates PBS show, etc. etc. and for the first time KPCC has a mention of Earth Day in connection to a fund raising promo. Contribute “x” dollars and we’ll plant tree “y”… sigh.
I’m shaking my head as I remember what I always said at the end of every meeting of the Santa Clara Greens, “We can’t save the planet. Life survived just fine long before we set foot on the Savannah and it will keep on going long after we’re gone. All we can save is our hairless monkey butts!”
Happy Earth Day from the Big Blue Marble!
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