Do as I say*
Death Valley, By Solomon (10/08)
To our dismay, NBC4 finds some councilmembers using more water, while overall use among Angeleños is down 17%. Greig Smith’s watering is up more than 13%, Janice Hahn’s is up 26%, and Herb Wesson is watering 130% more than one year ago. Each has an explanation, except Richard Alarcón who won’t provide his bill and, to our dismay, is playing games:
When NBC4 first requested that Alarcon send us his DWP bill, his office e-mailed us that they cannot get us his bill, because the councilman rents, and the owner of his home pays the bill.
But NBC4 found out Alarcon's wife owns their home.
When [NBC reporter] Joel Grover confronted the councilman with this fact, he finally agreed to provide us proof of the recent water use at his home within a few days. That pledge was made a week ago, and Alarcon still hasn't given us his DWP bill or any other water-use information.
* Update: The story has been removed from NBC4's website. MSNBC is still carrying it.