The 2009 California Legislative session has now come and gone and unfortunately, there isn't too much to take away from the year, especially as it relates to solving the state's ongoing water issues. The state budget crisis really sucked up a lot of the legislature's time and energy this year and unless some kind of miraculous economic turnaround takes place in the next couple of months, California will likely be facing another budget crisis sometime this late fall or winter.
A five bill comprehensive water package was considered at the end of the session, but time ran out on it and it stalled on the Assembly Floor. A special session could be called to address the water crisis, but that decision rests solely with the Governor, and it is unknown if he will decide to go forward on any further water issues this year.
In the meantime, the only option Californians have to mitigate the effects of the water crisis is to follow the lead of Long Beach citizens by challenging themselves to reduce their water consumption, both inside and outside their homes and businesses. No other statewide short or long-term solutions exist, so Californians must continue to be diligent in their efforts to eliminate all inefficient and wasteful uses of water.
A big thank you and congratulations to all Long Beach citizens who continue to meet the challenge of conserving water. Thank you for being important partners of the Long Beach Water Department!