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Notion fails to get majority City Council support
By Eric Heinz
Following the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s decision to shut off exterior beach showers and some water facilities, Councilman Bob Baker said he would like the city to follow suit at its beaches.
“The seriousness of this drought is not being overstated in any way, shape or form,” Baker said during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. “It’s getting worse. The citizens and the city have met our 25 percent goal the last couple months.”
Baker also mentioned he has witnessed flagrant uses of water, which could be conserved.
Councilman Tim Brown said it would be a step too far and the city has already made significant strides in water conservation.
“I think we’ve been a model community, and this is a miniscule savings compared to what we’ve all done as a city,” Brown said.
Mayor Chris Hamm said he would be in favor of some kind of compromise, possibly keeping one shower head open and capping the rest for the duration of the drought.
The majority of council members did not support putting the decision to shut off showers at San Clemente beaches on a future meeting agenda. —EH
Editor’s note: This story has been clarified to reflect the actions of the City Council more accurately.