Archive for December, 2013

Good news, friends. As of Thursday, Dec. 26, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. The water level has remained unchanged for three weeks straight.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the water level was also 399 acre feet.

As of Thursday, Dec. 12, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. Stage 2 (gallon by gallon) water rationing becomes mandatory for individuals and businesses when the water level drops to 300 acre feet. Unless the Avalon area of Santa Catalina Island gets a lot of rain within a short period of time, the water level is likely to drop down to 300 acre feet early next year.

One thing I’ve noticed from watching Avalon City Council meetings is that public attendance and participation are sparse.

Avalon residents face serious challenges: a city deficit, a crumbling sewer infrastructure, increasing taxes, a dwindling water supply and an extremely seasonal economy that is vulnerable to the mainland’s economic ups and downs—just off the top of my head,

The problems won’t solve themselves.

City officials are doing what they believe is best. However, they are not supernatural beings. They are people. They can’t know everything–least of all what you think. You have to tell them what you think. If you can’t attend council meetings in person, watch them online and email your representatives.

I’ve been covering city governments for a long time. Yes, it is sometimes dull. Yes, you sometimes have to sit through a tedious report or two before something interesting comes up. But if you make a habit of watching or attending City Council meetings, you may just find yourself watching and participating in the best drama/comedy around. And it will be real. And it may just make a big difference in your life.

Or you can stamp your feet and whine when city officials make decisions you don’t like. Your choice.

As of Thursday, Dec. 5, the water level at the Thompson Reservoir was 402 acre feet.