State Lifts Water Restrictions, But Pasadena Says Water Conservation is the New Way of Life

first_imgGovernment State Lifts Water Restrictions, But Pasadena Says Water Conservation is the New Way of Life Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 1:14 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena will continue to conserve water even after the state has lifted water use restrictions effective on June 1 in connection with the California drought.The lifting of restrictions as voted on by the State Water Resources Control Board means Pasadena no longer needs to adhere to a 26 percent conservation target, but still has to set its own target through a state-mandated reliability stress test and tell the state how much it believes needs to be conserved locally.“By the 22nd of next month, we need to run our water scenario through this state-prescribed formula and to tell the state how much water Pasadena needs to continue conserving for the next three years,” Wendy De Leon, Customer Relations Manager at Pasadena Water and Power, said Tuesday. “We haven’t run those numbers yet; we’re waiting on some information from our water supplier, the Metropolitan Water District. When we run the figures through this analysis, we are going to send the state our recommendations.”Pasadena sources about 60 percent of its water supply from the MWD of Southern California, which imports water from Northern California through the State Water Project and from the Colorado River Aqueduct. About 45 percent of Southern California’s water supply comes from these two sources, and local sources make up the difference.De Leon says PWP does not advise residents to go ahead and start watering their lawns and filling their garden ponds and swimming pools following the lifting of restrictions, but rather consider water conservation as a way of life.“What we expect is for our community to continue to conserve, and it’s been doing a great job,” De Leon said. “We’ve had permanent water use restrictions since 2009 and we just want the community to continue this way of life, and conserving water is really a big component of that.”On May 18, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) voted to abandon the water conservation formula, and adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. The new approach mandates urban water suppliers to act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions.The newly adopted emergency regulation, according to the state water board, will replace the February 2 emergency water conservation regulation that set specific water conservation benchmarks at the state level for each urban water supplier. The adopted regulation will be in effect through January 2017.Like a few other scientists and experts, Jay Famiglletti, Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, believes the state should not relax its attention to water conservation and should look at the drought’s impact in California as a long-term problem that needs a long-term solution.“California’s drought conditions remain quite severe,” Famiglletti said. “The state did receive average amounts of rainfall last winter, but only in its northern half. The result is that the state remains about 12 trillion gallons below ‘normal’ water storage conditions. Satisfying this deficit will require three to four more years of above-average precipitation over the next several rainy seasons.”Famiglletti believes a regional approach to water conservation is a good compromise where some Californians can benefit from last winter’s rains, but water supply managers should address the need for more efficient water use especially in farming.“Our short-term actions are less important than our long-term plan,” he said. “We need to address the reality that agriculture at its current scale in California is unsustainable. Consequently we need a plan for drastically increased water efficiencies in farming. Innovations in water pricing, in sewage recycling, in desalination will be a great help in metropolitan regions.”For the politicians, Famiglletti’s message would be for them to make water issues a key component of their election platforms, and to get educated about major water issues facing California.For the public, his message is for them to continue conserving water.“Keep up the great job conserving water,” Famiglletti says. “Use the power of your vote to demand that elected officials are water aware.”As a reminder, Pasadena is still on a Level 2 Shortage Plan under City Ordinance Chapter 13.10, which became effective on June 1, 2015.The plan limits outdoor watering to two days per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April 1 through Oct 31, and one day per week on Saturdays from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31.The plan also prohibits watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., requires water leaks to be fixed within 48 hours, and prohibits the filling of ornamental lakes and ponds.last_img read more

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Frank Zappa Estate Teams With Luxury Design Brand For Swanky, Limited-Release Record Console

first_imgToday, the Frank Zappa Estate has announced a new collaboration with the luxury design brand LUNO for a limited-edition record console, marking the latest addition to LUNO’s luxury hi-fi console series. Dubbed the “SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition,” only ten of the meticulously crafted console will available to the public for purchase. Notably, the record console includes “a solid brass soundwave from Frank Zappa’s “Sofa No. 1″ musical composition that is meticulously inlaid by hand and made flush with the walnut door.”Furthermore, the SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition will also include vinyl selections of Frank Zappa’s prolific catalog of records, a minibar featuring Zappa-themed whiskey glasses, storage for 150 records, a Groovewasher Kit, and signed, numbered, and dated certificate of authenticity. As for the mechanics of the console, each piece is handcrafted and hand-wired in Los Angeles by experienced craftsmen and engineers. The SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition will come equipped with a Pro-Ject Esprit SB turntable, 2.1 speaker system, 100w subwoofer, 2 aux inputs, and AirPlay so you can stream from any Apple device.Ahmet Zappa, Frank Zappa’s son, explained,When I first came across Luno’s record consoles, I immediately started drooling and knew I had to get my hands on one. … I telephonically stalked Luno headquarters and was invited over for a visit to hear one of their consoles in all its glory. I was blown away. Thus began the dream of collaborating. Our goal was simple, let’s make something unique for Zappa fans and all true audiophiles everywhere. Jennifer and Dan were up for the challenge and amazing to work with. We love the end results and I’m very proud of our Zappa Luno Console. At Zappa Records, we take the manufacturing of our vinyl very seriously and it’s equally important to have an exceptional record player on which to play it. We conduct extensive testing for quality audio control during production and this console–capable of making sweet, sweet audio love to your ears–is being used for just this purpose. From the wood finish, to the original speaker fabric (authentic Marshall Salt & Pepper Grill Cloth, the same one used on vintage Marshall amps), to the brass inlay WAV file from Frank’s ‘Sofa #1,’ it’s just what The Grand Wazoo would want for you.As Jennifer Farmer, the co-founder of LUNO, added,We are big Zappa fans and when our paths crossed, we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate! We immediately went to the drawing board to present some ideas. After months of back and forth concepts, the idea of clipping a soundwave file from a song and applying it to the unit was born. We then spent another several months figuring out how to make that vision come to life. And while it looks effortless, complicated techniques were involved in making it happen. At LUNO, we pride ourselves on innovative designs and we’re extremely proud of the final result and are honored to have created this unit with the wonderful folks over at Zappa.These custom-made Frank Zappa-inspired record consoles are only available for order via LUNO’s website.last_img read more

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Bahamas crush Guyana 114 – 63 at Centrobasket U17 Championship

first_imgA game-high 32 points from guard Kevon Wiggins was not enough to stop the Bahamas from hammering Guyana by 51 points (114-63) in their opening game of the 2017 Centrobasket U17 Championship today in the Dominican Republic.Nigel Bowen (13 points) was the only other Guyanese in double digits.Domnick Bridgewater had 27 points and eight steals for the Bahamas, while G. Goodman (23 points) and Samuel Hunter (17 points) were the other top scorers.The Lugard Mohan-coached side will now face Puerto Rico tomorrow (Thursday July 27) in their second game, where they will hope for an improved performance.last_img

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