The posh area of Beverly Hills, located in southern California, is full of one-percenters who apparently believe they are above the conservation efforts of the California State Water Resources Board.
Governor Jerry Brown, partnered with the board, has given orders to restrict water usage by 25 percent, and three California cities have failed to do so.
Those three cities — Indio, Redlands, and Beverly Hills — did not properly restrict water usage in their cities, and were therefore fined $61,000.
The Los Angeles area city of Beverly Hills is well known for housing some of the country’s elite super-rich, which makes this act of greed that much more disgusting.
Cris Carrigan is the director of the water board’s Office of Enforcement. He had this to say about that greed:
“Some urban water suppliers simply have not met the requirements laid before them. For these four suppliers, it’s been too little too late.”
“For those who aren’t (conserving) and who are wasting water, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Carrigan said during a conference call that the upscale city of Beverly Hills has wasted 175 million gallons of water since June of this year.
Anywhere you go in southern California, you will see desert landscape. Front lawns are now dirt patches, and people will soon resort to lava rock yards like those in Arizona and New Mexico.
However, if you drive through Beverly Hills, you will still see lush green yards and foliage everywhere.
California has been suffering through a relentless drought for the past four years, and these rich assholes couldn’t really care less.
Richard Greene is a former resident of the wealthy city who believes the fine amount was far too low in what is quite possibly the richest city in the country world:
“Wow, ouch … It actually seems to minimize the importance of water conservation when you’re fining the wealthiest municipality $61,000, which is pocket change for most of the people you see walking up and down this street.”
The spokesperson for the City of Beverly Hills, Cheryl Friedling, released a bullshit statement about the city’s alleged concern over meeting regulations. She said that a program is being imposed this month that would hold residents financially accountable for their water usage.
Four years later and you’re a day late and a dollar short, lady.
Source: Raw Story