Bureaucrat Beat: Obscene pool, truth to power, and kissing babies

“From city halls to county courthouses, from the State house to the White House – bureaucrats control our lives.  Public servants who often try to become our masters.  People whose salaries we pay, but what goods and services do we get?  On Sierra Wave’s Bureaucrat Beat, we’ll report what they’re up to.”  That’s the Bureaucrat Beat declaration of dissatisfaction, but as you may know, Bureaucrat Beat talks about so much more.

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66 million gallons of water in this pool.

For heaven’s sake, don’t show anybody in Los Angeles a picture of the Crystal Lagoon.  It’s the worlds largest outdoor swimming pool. Located in San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, the pool holds 66 million gallons of water.  Probably have to dry up Klondike and Diaz Lakes and who knows what else to keep the pool filled.

Speaking of pools, one of the Bureaucrat Beat Newsroom wags flew over Los Angeles the other day and gasped at the site of all those little aqua blue rectangles down there – LADWP’s job to keep all those pools filled!! Speaking of Klondike Lake, LADWP has conceded to keep it open 7 days a week into September.  See, it does pay to speak angry truth to power.

Question: Why would any good parents allow a politician to kiss their baby??? Considering what the politician might have been previously kissing!!!

Hear about the new social media, RedFacebook???  Mark Zuckerberg might feel slightly embarrassed ( or horribly mortified) by the fact that his company has been sued after going public.  Outraged shareholders claim insider trading.

This is no inside info if you saw NCIS and Jamie Lee Curtis playing, I don’t know – some tough broad in clandestine service.  She can sort of get away with hawking Activia, but this role does not flow well!!!

Had to take a momentary break when the newsroom phone rang.  It was a (wretch, scream, gag) robocall!!  I don’t care how noble the cause, these computer calls are rude.  This time it was the No on Prop. 28 committee.  They say the measure is a scam to actually increase the terms of state legislators, although the proposition claims to decrease terms.  Is there anyone in politics who doesn’t lie and not even feel a bit of shame?

According to internet sources, Prop. 28 would indeed increase the term limits for California State Assembly from 6 to 12 years and increase terms for State Senate from 8 to 12 years.  However, the ballot language says the proposition would allow service of up to only 12 years in one house and a total of 12 years as a state representative.  The way it is now, the darlings can serve up to 14 years on a combination of both houses.  Why not get the job done and create a part-time legislature with very severe term limits and put an end to the power and money chain and failed budgets.

Kind of scary when the generally compromised legislators make decisions like they did recently.  They passed a bill in the State Senate that sets up guidelines for self-driving cars.  Sounds reckless. But,  Senator Alex Padilla who sponsored the bill said human error is the cause of almost every accident.  Yes, we are talking about vehicles in control, not people.  Might be all right.  Maybe. Kind of.

Hey, we’re not alone in our profound skepticism about state legislators.  A new poll conducted by USC Dornsife/ Los Angeles Times found that California voters continue to back Governor Jerry Brown’s higher taxes but do not trust the legislature and state government, in general, in how they might handle the new money.

Lots of yada-yada over the teenager in Mammoth Lakes who allegedly hacked the school computer and changed kids’ grades for money.  Our website comments raked the issue over the coals with every angle of crime and punishment.  Mammoth does not stand alone in such sins.  News reports say federal prosecutors claim a New Jersey mayor and his adult son hacked into websites of political foes who worked on his recall. The mayor and son face more than 10 years in prison.

Here’s a one-liner we thought we would throw in just to get your blood back up near the boiling point.  The LA Times reported that profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year as did CEO pay.  The top person in a typical public company made $9.6 million last year.  Guess who’s money is paying them.  Yep, ours.

With that, this is Benett Kessler signing off for Bureaucrat Beat where we await your word on our lives in the Eastern Sierra and beyond.

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NewEra
NewEra
10 years ago

For all of you that make the arguement that if LADWP didnt buy up most of the land here then it would be more urban then rural. Here is what I have to say to those people. 1. If DWP didnt have the need for a lot of the land… Read more »

Just the facts
Just the facts
10 years ago

Having tasted the desalinized water in many areas by the ocean gives me a deep appreciation for the water of Mammoth Lakes.

John Barton
John Barton
10 years ago

Benett- I can understand the concern over freshwater pools in LA but Crystal Lagoon in Chile uses water from the ocean! Some filtration is all that is required so as far as “Obscene Pools” this one should be described as an “envrionmentally friendly obscene pool”.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  John Barton

Bureaucrat Beat is a column in which certain realities are used to reveal a truth. The huge pool is a metaphor for LA’s ongoing, nearly unbridled use of water, including the streams and underground of the Eastern Sierra. Just having some fun, John, and pointing to a practical problem. Benett

John Barton
John Barton
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I fully understand and aplaud that. I’m wondering how LA could better encourage people to not fill pools without affecting people who already use water responsibly!?

Bob Loblaw
Bob Loblaw
10 years ago
Reply to  John Barton

Sadly, the ones who can afford pools, can likely afford to fill them.

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Bob Loblaw

pool=$ Pit

IT’s not just the water
it is the chemicals , electric for pumps/filters, and the maintenance .
One big Money pit

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  John Barton

Ya’ll keep talking about pools when the same area covered in grass uses more water.

“Lawn irrigation use equals 49 inches a year. Pool use is 20 inches a year…so that a swimming pool uses substantially less than the same area developed in lawn and/or landscape.”
http://www.homeownernet.com/pools/swpools.html

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Good point. My view is that a pool makes more sense in the desert — like SoCal — than a lawn does. But an un-used pool makes no sense whatsoever. If you had a pool, how often would you be swimming in it? A couple of hours a week? I’m… Read more »

Dave
Dave
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob- True. Check out Buffalo grass. It is taking the landscape industry by storm because of its low water consumption and less need for regular mowing. I’ve planted some at my home in Bishop and it is good stuff– takes the heat, foot traffic and I only mow it once… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Good point Rob.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

In Southern California School districts and Cities are the biggest water users due to the lawns at schools and city owned parks. Some cities have tried to use gray water but local water agencies fight them all the way. Water agencies aren’t interested in school districts and cities conserving water,… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Yep … it’s all about the money Rob, show me de Money!

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  John Barton

That is soo much easier said than done eh John? Not an easy can of worm .. given today’s lack of responsibility for one’s actions, and the ability to make one responsible for their actions . in a politically correct way.

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Ahh I get it now thanks for clarifying that Benett.
But I kinda thought, that is where it was coming from. hehe

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

Salblaster- I’m not sure I have ever received a better response than ours. I’m so blown away by your response, it almost leaves me speechless. I will say your response gives me hope for the future of the Owens Valley , which I love and for L.A.’s water problems. As… Read more »

salblaster
salblaster
10 years ago

trouble. san diego is getting a water desalination plant it will turn 300 million gallons of sea water into 50 million gallons of fresh water a day. it’s cost give or take a few dozen million is 320 million for plant and pipeline to transport water to resevoir with a… Read more »

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

cheapest water is always used first, and it doesn’t get any cheaper then flowing down hill.

Dave
Dave
10 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Salblaster- Good points. For LA, instead of one or two huge desalination plants I would forsee small ones popping up closer to the ocean in the beach communities due to the transport logistics you point out. The cost of operating the desal plants is high due to the energy costs… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

True Salblaster

Just the facts
Just the facts
10 years ago

Control the language – and you control the argument. As everything today is politics (and I mean EVERYTHING) one can’t help notice how certain words have been drastically changed and morphed into something entirely different from the original meaning. One of the most frequently used words in today’s political arena… Read more »

NewEra
NewEra
10 years ago
Reply to  Just the facts

Good point!!
Those that believe fools like limbaugh arnt receptive to anything else anyway.

Jenny B
Jenny B
10 years ago
Reply to  Just the facts

The two major parties are controlled by the same corrupt special interests!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Kw7j4lbDB4

Reality Check
Reality Check
10 years ago
Reply to  Jenny B

Jenny B: You totally get it. Until we get over the Left vs Right, Democract vs Republican padadigm and realize our two party system has become a two headed snake, we are doomed. They just want you to think you have a choice.

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago

Umm .. where did the obsenity part come into play with that pool? hehe

Andrew Kirk
Andrew Kirk
10 years ago

BK, good to hear from you. You make us think. Go, girl!

Roy
Roy
10 years ago

Notice the blue body of water adjacent to the pool in the photo – it’s the Pacific Ocean and it’s the source for the water in the pool. The same ocean of water is adjacent to Los Angeles – perhaps Los Angeles should get it’s water from the same source!!!

esfotoguy
esfotoguy
10 years ago
Reply to  Roy

that beach has very rough surf/rip currents and the ocean water is very cold

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Can you say … desalinization?

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Santa Barbara has a Desal plant and they don’t even use it.

Why?

Cheaper water can be purchased elsewhere even in sever drought years.

L.A. will always use all the Owen’s Valley water they can, and they’ll still want more.

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Good point Roy, I was told some Arab countries get most of their water from the ocean. Anybody know why we don’t use the same systems?

JeanGenie
JeanGenie
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Expensive!

JeanGenie
JeanGenie
10 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Look it up, the water in that pool is not desalted, just filtered. It is saltwater. Maybe you seawater fans can genetically engineer humans to drink saltwater.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
10 years ago

“Why not get the job done and create a part-time legislature with very severe term limits and put an end to the power and money chain and failed budgets.” Gee, isn’t that the point of theoretically informed voters electing worthy people to public office? Hate to break the news but… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Agreed! The electorate is fundamentally ignorant of the fundamental issues and the range of decisions that need to be made to address those issues. I know I’m ignorant because there are so few sources of unbiased information. And I don’t think “news” is useful information. All the media outlets have… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

You’re so right Ken.

reality
reality
10 years ago

Government, public servants and town councils do not seem to work for the public anymore…. only the people/corporations that are funding them to support their agendas.

reality
reality
10 years ago
Reply to  reality

Great idea ken.

You covered the:Bureaucrats, how about the technocrates?

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  reality

GGW all the way to the Bank.

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

Benett- I like your report, but don’t think the kid hacking grades should be compared to a mayor and adult son hacking for political gain. Kids are brought up now days to treat their laptops as their favorite toy. Also, that pool looks really tempting right now.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I probably didn’t explain well enough. Point being – juvenile misdeeds, if continued, can get one into big trouble.
Benett Kessler

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett..And with far fetching consequences that can effect the lives of OTHER young adults trying to do the right thing,and getting an education the correct way.One of the things wrong with this World now….IMO….is young adults get away with far too much…with no consequences for their actions.Either got a parent… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago

“The LA Times reported that profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year as did CEO pay. The top person in a typical public company made $9.6 million last year. Guess who’s money is paying them. Yep, ours.” Small homage to pay our Job Creating Overlords. Bow down in… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

LOL Ken