The best-kept secret since Norman Schwarzkopf's end sweep through Iraq is the April 2 public hearing of the city of Pasadena. To say it is unreported and unknown among Pasadena water customers is an understatement.
This hearing is for the purpose of receiving the views of Pasadena's water customers on the city's proposal for water rationing. If you buy water from Pasadena, the city's actions will determine whether your landscaping lives or dies this summer, whether or not your water is turned off, whether or not you have to pay fines measured in hundreds of dollars, whether or not you have a restrictor installed which cuts your water flow to virtually nothing, etc.
Frankly, I plan to be there. And I hope to hear answers to such questions as:
* Why are we going to be punished (by having our water allocation reduced) for having tried to conserve water in the early years of the drought?
* What is being done to keep these sorts of crises from recurring in the future?
* What did Pasadena do to provide adequate water supplies to prevent this water shortage from happening?
I hope I won't be the only one there.
Editor's Note: The hearing is Tuesday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at the Board of Directors' Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena.