GOVERNMENT AUGUST 14, 2014 DONATE CASKET FLAGS TO HONOR LOVED ONES Leisure World residents are invited to donate large, casket-sized flags to be flown throughout Leisure World. Residents have donated most of the flags now flying in LW as a way of honoring loved ones. To donate flags, bring them with a name and telephone number to the Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Office in Building C. Donors will be notified by mail about when and where their flags will be flown.

•Mutual 12
9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, Administration
•Mutual 16
9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18, Administration
•Mutual 15
1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, Administration
•Mutual 14
1 p.m., open forum; 1:30 p.m., meeting starts; Tuesday, Aug. 19, Administration
•Mutual 5
9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, Administration
•Mutual 7
1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, Administration
•Mutual 2
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, Administration
•Mutual 11
1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, Clubhouse 3, Room 9
•Mutual 12, special
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, Physical Property
•Mutual 6
9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, Administration
•Mutual 8
1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, Administration
•Mutual 10
9 a.m., open forum; 9:15 a.m., meeting starts; Wednesday, Aug. 27, Administration
•Mutual 1
9:30 a.m., open forum; 9:45 a.m., meeting starts; Thursday, Aug. 28, Administration

The Golden Rain Foundation Board welcomes residents to its open committee meetings. All meetings are held in the Administration conference room unless otherwise noted. The following is the remainder of the August schedule:
Communications Committee
1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14
• Finance Committee
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19

The 2014 holiday carport cleaning schedule:
Labor Day, Sept. 1
• Mutual 1, Carports 1-6, 9-10, will be cleaned Friday, Aug. 29, instead of Monday, Sept. 1.
• Mutual 17, Building 3, will be cleaned Friday, Aug. 29, instead of Monday, Sept. 1.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11
• Mutual 3, Carports 45-50, will be cleaned Friday, Oct. 31, instead of Tuesday, Nov. 11.
• Mutual 4, Carports 51-53, will be cleaned Friday, Oct. 31, instead of Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27
• Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 28, instead of Thursday, Nov. 27.
• Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 28, instead of Thursday, Nov. 27.
• Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 28, instead of Thursday, Nov. 27.

by Ruth Osborn
staff writer

The first half of 2014 was the the hottest in California since recordkeeping began in 1895. According to new data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, California’s drought has reached levels so widespread that it’s now the most severe dry spell in 120 years of record-keeping.
On Monday, the Seal Beach City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring a water shortage and implementing Phase 1 conservation measures that restrict outdoor watering among other provisions. A water enforcement officer will spend 20 hours a week patrolling the city during a 90-day education and outreach program.
The restrictions limit outdoor irrigation to three days a week between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. People in even-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and odd-numbered addresses, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. People using hand-held hoses with positive shut-off noz zles, hand-held buckets of five gallons or less or drip irrigation systems may water at any time.
People cannot wash down sidewalks, hard or paved surfaces.
The mandate also restricts water use related to pools, spas, ponds, agricultural users and nurseries.
These are Phase 1 levels of restriction. After the 90-day education period, a written warning will be given for a first offense, followed by a 15-percent surcharge on the violator’s water bill.
“We hope to get compliance voluntarily,” said Sean Crumby, the city’s director of public works.
The city’s water conservation ordinance, first enacted in 2009, has three phases, which escalate the level of restrictions should the drought worsen.
Phase 2 reduces exterior water use to two days a week; Phase 3 prohibits all exterior water use.
There will be a city-wide audit of sprinklers in city parks, landscaped areas and facilities. Smart irrigation timers, modified turf practices and using recycling water will be part of a city effort to slash municipal water use.
Seal Beach was compelled to officially enforce its water ordinance after the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation last month.
The regulation ordered water purveyors to ratchet up conservation measures.
That order was triggered after a state survey showed that overall water use in May rose by 1 percent, compared with a 2011-2013 May average.
In January, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to cut water use by 20 percent.
People in rural areas are doing a better job of that than those living in cities.
In Seal Beach, water use was up by three percent, according to Crumby.
The increasingly dire situation requires action on the part of everyone.
State reservoirs such as Lake Oroville and San Luis—the largest in California—are drying out, according to Joe Berg of the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County (MWDOC).
He told the council Monday that Oroville is at 20 percent of normal and San Luis at 34 percent of normal as of Aug. 11.
More troubling, said Berg, is that the Sierra snowpack, which normally provides a third of the water for homes and farms as it melts into streams and reservoirs, is at 19 percent of normal.
Rainfall levels are at 23 percent of average and about five percent of the state’s irrigated farmland, mostly in the Central Valley, is bone dry.
The water situation across California is being compounded by unusual heat. Long-term weather records from the National Climatic Data Center show that California had its warmest January-June period since record-keeping began in 1895, with an average temperature 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the norm.
Since 1987, California has had 13 emergency proclamations (three statewide, two others included more than 19 counties) and three executive orders.