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Water Conservation: The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to Institute Water Conservation Measures

May 19th Ballot Measures

Chino Hills District Office

Community Clean Up

11th Annual Chino-Valley Senior BBQ

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Main Office:
385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Chino District Office:
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710

Staff Members:
Mark Kirk,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
District Director

Grace Hagman,
Field Representative/
Community Outreach

Roman Nava,
Small Business Liaison

Anthony Riley,
Special Projects Director

Naseem Farooqi,
Constituent Service

Burt Southard,
Special Projects Analyst

Michael Delgado,

Jeanna Pomierski,
Executive Secretary
(District Office)

Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary
(Government Center)

Christy Ray,
Office Assistant
May 2009

Water Conservation: The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to Institute Water Conservation Measures

Click the following link to view Supervisor Ovitt's Video:

The Metropolitan Water District's Board of Directors (MWD) voted recently to implement a Water Supply Allocation Plan that will reduce water supplies to its member agencies by 10 percent.

The MWD of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water agencies serving 19 million people in six counties. Locally, MWD provides water to Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), which serves Fontana and the Cucamonga Valley Water District.

California is in a third consecutive year of drought. Rainfall levels statewide for the 2008-2009 water year are 24 percent below average. Statewide snow pack water content is at 19 percent below normal. In addition, the water stored in the state's reservoir system is extremely low, which prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a water supply emergency last February.

Over the past two years, MWD has depleted half of its water reserves to deal with the drought. Not implementing the Water Supply Allocation Plan at the recommended level would result in an over-withdrawal from MWD's storage resources and increase the risk of even lower supply allocations and more severe shortage impacts in the future.

Water levels in ground basins in the San Bernardino area are as low as they have been since the 1960s. One good thing about the current recession, it is working in favor of preserving the water supplies. Water demands are not increasing as they ordinarily would.

In response to the governor's emergency declaration, the IEUA called for all households and businesses to step up their water conservation efforts. Residents and business owners need to recognize the severity of the drought that is affecting us. Now is the time to take shorter showers, fix leaky faucets, and turn off sprinklers when it is raining outside.

IEUA imports 25 percent of its total supply from MWD. Groundwater represents 60 percent of its supply, recycled water is contributes 10 percent, while mountain runoff adds another 5 percent. Currently, local rainfall is about 80 percent of average. The groundwater supplies are fine but IEUA is forced to use its storage reserves.

If MWD curtails their imported supplies by 10 percent it will reduce supplies within IEUA service by about 3 percent. All customers are being asked to conserve 10 percent to keep our local water supplies in storage in case the drought continues next year.

There is no simple solution to California's water problems. Everyone is going to have to give because of the decreased water supplies. To meet this challenge, we all need to take proactive steps to increase local supplies and lessen our dependence on imported water through conservation and water recycling.

May 19th Ballot Measures

The State Legislature called for a special election for May 19 to address state budget issues. There will be five measures placed on the ballot in addition to the measure to upgrade the lottery that was approved as part of the 2008-09 Budget.

ACA 1 Spending Cap Proposition 1a: Increases the size of the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund from 5% to 12.5% of the General Fund, with half of the annual transfer into that fund dedicated to savings for future economic downturns and half to funding education, infrastructure, and debt repayment. It limits spending by restricting the use of Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund revenues to periods of economic downturns to support current spending. It limits unsustainable spending of one-time spikes in revenue. (Note: this measure will replace SCA 30 placed on the ballot in 2008)

ACA 2 Proposition 1b-Supplemental Education Payment: Requires supplemental payments to local school districts and community colleges to restore recent budget cuts ($7.8 billion) plus an additional payment of $1.4 billion owed in 2010 under proposition 98. Annual payments begin in 2011-12. Payments are funded from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund until the total amount has been paid. Payments to local school districts will be allocated in proportion to average daily attendance and may be used for classroom instruction, textbooks and other local educational programs.

SCA 8 Proposition 1f-Legislative Pay: Prohibits state legislators and all statewide officers from salary increases when the state budget falls into the red.

SB 9 Proposition 1d-Proposition 10: Provides more than $600 million to protect children’s programs in difficult economic times. Redirects existing tobacco tax money to protect health and human services for children, including services for at-risk families and early education services for children with disabilities.

SB 10 Proposition 1e-Proposition 63: Guarantees funding intended for mental health programs goes toward mental health services for children. Provides a temporary, two-year flexibility in the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63 of 2004) to allow the state to fund the Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis, and Treatment Program for children and young adults under age 21.

Measure previously placed on the ballot:
SB 12 Proposition 1c-Lottery Securitization: Allows the state to securitize the existing revenue stream from the State Lottery, including the revenues for education, for budgetary purposes starting in 2009-10. It is estimated that that it would generate at least $5 billion for payment of budget debts in 2009-2010. Education is fully protected. The proceeds from the securitization would be placed in a new Debt Retirement Fund, and could be used for repaying budgetary borrowing, bonded indebtedness, and payments to the Rainy Day Fund.

Chino Hills District Office

My district office has moved to the Chino Hills Government Center, located near the newly opened Shoppe’s Mall. Our office hours continue to be Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. If you have any questions, please contact my district office at (909) 465-1895. The new address is:
Office of County Supervisor Gary Ovitt
14010 City Center Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Community Clean Up

On April 25, my staff and County Code Enforcement staff, conducted a highly successful community cleanup in Chino. Over 179 vehicles participated and 50.50 tons of material was collected. That is approximately ten trash trucks full. Included in the trash received was 2.5 tons of tires recycled, 2.75 tons of metal recycled, 2.5 tons of e-waste recycled and 4 tons of green waste. 23.25% of the collected material was diverted from the landfill.

Thanks to my staff and County staff along with additional help provided by Burrtec Industries and Global Surplus Solutions for making the day a success.

The next community clean up will be October 3, 2009 at Lyle S. Briggs Fundamental School in Chino, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For further information, contact my District Office at
(909) 465-1895.

11th Annual Chino-Valley Senior BBQ

We are continuing our tradition of holding Senior Barbeques on Saturday, May 25, 2009. Attendees will be able to play bingo, enjoy lunch and have a chance to walk away with either door or bingo prizes. The barbeque will be held at the Chino Senior Center.

My staff and I, along with the Mayors and City Council Members from Chino and Chino Hills, will be serving attendees. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will have their Mobile Medical Center outside the center to assist attendees with various medically related needs.

If you would like to attend the Annual Chino-Valley Senior BBQ, please RSVP at
(909) 465-1895. I look forward to seeing you there!