EDITOR: On June 1, The Press Democrat published a difficult-to-find article (bottom of page A5) informing us that Gov. Jerry Brown signed two laws limiting Californian’s personal water use (“Brown OKs permanent restrictions on water use”).
These one-size-fits-all laws limit personal indoor water use to 55 gallons per-person per day by 2022, dropping to 50 gallons per-day by 2030. In typical legislative oversimplification, the bills fail to recognize California’s highly variable geography, which ranges from rainforest to desert.
So how will these draconian laws play out in our house? Despite our frequent use of public pool showers, once-a-week laundry, hand-washing dishes and low-flush toilets, we exceed the 55 gallons per-person per day limit. To comply with these new laws, will we be reduced to hand-to-hand combat at the shower door? We probably can’t shower and do laundry on the same day. Are holiday visits from extended family a thing of the past?
This most recent example of nanny-state intrusion stinks. Is this the governor’s way of thanking Californian’s for conserving water during the drought? What happened to the proceeds of the $7.5 billion water bond Californians generously gifted to the state in 2014? The dirt and stench of Sacramento politics just blew in through our front doors, literally.
EDITOR: Last year, the son of a nearby renter (he isn’t a resident) grew four marijuana plants outdoors. In addition to neighbors fearing violence, I was restricted in movement because I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and the odor and particulate matter negatively impact my breathing. I couldn’t go on my patio or open doors and windows to catch evening breezes. This is in the Grace Tract in Santa Rosa, and in driving the area, I can smell at least two indoor grows in residential areas.
So, call me a NIMBY, but breathing is important, and I believe I have a right to live as normally as possible in my home.
A neighborhood retreat
EDITOR: Once again we see the power of money. Thirteen years ago, Carmen Campos opened a restaurant in the small Town and Country shopping center at a location where upscale restaurants had previously failed.
Over the years, the restaurant, Carmen’s Burger Bar, became a popular meeting place, drawing from the neighborhood and beyond. It is always busy with families, seniors and couples enjoying good food at reasonable prices, with an ambiance not found elsewhere. I have eaten there about once a month for more than 10 years, often eating alone. The friendly staff soon knew my usual order, and they treat me with the same respect as much larger tables. I will sorely miss it, and so will my friends.
Recently, the restaurant was given no opportunity to renew its lease, but was told another restaurateur was taking over the location. Will the neighborhood benefit? The current clientele will not. And this wonderful woman who built this business will have to look elsewhere. I hope customers will keep this in mind.
Property tax bills
EDITOR: Regarding Emerson Burkett’s letter (“Bonds and taxes,” May 31), I’d like to go one step further. All of the voter-approved taxes and bonds are itemized on our property tax bills, along with phone numbers to call if we have questions.