Lyndon Thomas Insurance Winter 2019

LYN’S LEDGER

Lyndon Thomas Insurance

WINTER 2019

We Help You With Medicare.

WATER AND HEALTH

TWO THINGS WE ALL TAKE FOR GRANTED

A view that is prevalent in the area is to connect to the Metropolitan Water District (see Owens Valley and Los Angeles above) via a pipeline through neighboring communities. Time will tell the wisdom of paying tens of millions of dollars for a connection to a system that has never yet delivered the full contracted amount of water to its customers. Those from the southwest outside of the desert may find the attention, if not obsession, given to water somewhat interesting. I grew up in an area of the country where water supply is plentiful and stable and not much time is spent thinking about water. Isn’t it ironic how the threat of losing something makes us stand up and stop taking it for granted? An extended drought certainly undermines the easy confidence we have enjoyed in our water supply. In earlier years, when we were young and healthy, it was difficult to imagine the degree to which our health needs would grow. Medicare was not a priority; now it is! Our goal is to assist you in navigating Medicare as the time given to your health needs increases and demands more attention.

Living as we do in drought-ridden southern California, the announcement last week that we were officially in an El Nino weather pattern was pleasant news. Declining east to west winds have allowed increased equatorial moisture patterns to prevail and come ashore. While we have reached — or may be slightly above — annual average rainfall amounts across the region by late February, the rainfall in March and April will verify or disprove this happy announcement. In the meantime, officials affirm we are still in a drought and all water usage restrictions remain in place. The drought conditions of the past several years have made everyone in southern California more aware of how our water gets to our faucets. Personally, we have adjusted to the 36 percent mandated reduction based on 2013 usage. From the historical battle of the Owens Valley Davids against the Goliath City of Los Angeles and the fictional 1974 movie “Chinatown,” which serves in cultural lore as a stand-in for the real story, to the Colorado River aqueducts to southern California, transportation of water to distant places is both a technological marvel and a source of great conflict. Some readers of this newsletter are served by these massive water movement projects. Many more readers here in the Ojai Valley are not hooked up to these projects and are served by local aquifers or the local reservoir Lake Casitas. The current multiyear drought and 80-foot drop of Lake Casitas have rightly spurred a new urgency regarding the source of our water.

And may the raindrops keep fallin’ on our heads!

–Lyn Thomas

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