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on Aug 4, 2014
I was also disappointed in the "Drought keeping the pressure on water cutbacks" editorial, especially if there was any backlash that resulted from it.
I hope that people take the time to gather facts before casting aspersions.
It is very possible to have a green lawn and be far below the 219 gallon per capita usage average for Pleasanton listed by Tim Hunt in his column. Hunt also pointed out that the average per person usage for Livermore is 161 gallons and Dublin is 120 gallon per person average. This is a much better way to look at the problem. .75% of the per person average for Pleasanton is just over 164 gallons a day per person. We have been able to maintain an almost green lawn at a per person average below 150 gallons per day, 32% below the average per person usage in Pleasanton. Should we really expect more from the Pleasanton Weekly other than making assumptions based on one factor - in this case, the color of the lawn.
I couldn't believe that anyone who calls him or herself a journalist would exercise such poor judgement as to print actual addresses with photos of brown and green lawns while implying that the homeowner with the green lawn was not doing his or her part in complying with drought restrictions. So when I read some of the posts on this subject I was in disbelief. I thought that the posts must be wrong. Nobody at the Pleasanton Weekly could be idiotic enough to print actual addresses with the pictures and the editorial, could they? No one could actually be that STUPID, right? Well, I looked up the print edition in question and discovered that, to my amazement, yes, somebody at the Pleasanton Weekly IS that stupid! Actually, make that two people: The person who wrote the editorial and the editor of the newspaper who gave the OK on the pictures and the editorial. Dunce caps to them both. Make that a double cone-head dunce cap if the writer and the editor are one and the same.
The owner/editor of the newspaper doesn't know the difference between objectivity and playing to demand. The owner/editor censors peoples' posts not based upon any well-defined set of working principles, but rather only based upon one sick poster's repeated "flagging" efforts to get certain messages censored, while owner/editor is so stupid as to think the one complainer represents more than one sick individual.
Why should it surprise anyone when the newspaper commits the obvious moral transgression of revealing home owners' homes and addresses?
The only thing missing at this point is that we haven't yet heard from the owner/editor's loyal attack dogs -- aka bloggers -- who are duty-bound to spring to owner/editor's defense. Yokel rag. Nothing more. At times amusing, but a rag nevertheless.
According to my brother, Dublin allows 19,200 gallons per month for a single family residence (about 4800 gallons per week). He and his wife have averaged 6500 gallons per month. He said the person he talked with said they have nothing to worry about based on their usage, although common sense requirements apply. That means only watering lawns twice per week and only using a hose with a nozzle that shuts off when released if watering plants, etc... But, interestingly enough, while you can only water lawns twice per week they don't have restrictions on the amount of minutes you can set your sprinkler timer.
The Dublin San Ramon service district allows Dublin residents to track their water usage (monthly, weekly, daily, hourly) on-line. Can we do that in Pleasanton?
Was so surprised to see actual photos AND addresses! If I were the homeowners I would be absolutely furious with PW. Irresponsible journalism and unprofessional. What did you set out to prove by listing addresses?
That's great people are starting to see what a joke this town is and how the Pleasanton Weakly covers everything up for them.
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