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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 | I’d chastise City Councilman Carl DeMaio if it weren’t for the average usage of most households. I have two acres and my usage almost always falls under the frugal users rate; my bill comes out around $40 year round. I just talked to my neighbor who said he cut usage and his lawn and fruit trees are dying. Average bill: $300 or more. How do I do it? Most of my plants are native and adapted to low summer water. Do they look dead? My Christmas berries (Toyon) are evergreen and right now are loaded with red berries. I never water them. We live in a desert. Because growth is promoted and water supplies are dropping, we have to accept that. Or stop whining about the bills.

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