There's No Water, Let 'Em Drink Sand: Selfish, Rich Californians Refuse To Adapt To Drought

There’s No Water, Let ‘Em Drink Sand: Selfish, Rich Californians Refuse To Adapt To Drought

California has been experiencing a drought for the past 4 years. Water-saving measures have been implemented — Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 25% reduction in water use in April. But, in one area of Southern California, usage went up by 9 percent. Say “Hello” to Rancho Santa Fe and the selfish jerks who live there. Steve Yuhas is a conservative radio host so you know he’s whining about saving…

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So I was thinking about how I hate my town, and I wish somehow it had worked out that we moved to Rancho Santa Fe down near San Diego. About 6 years ago my family was looking at some houses in this housing development (don’t be fooled, these are like 3 million dollar houses even though they’re tract homes) and I went to the website of the community. I am now extremely disappointed that I didn’t make my parents move us there. It’s so fucking fancy and pretty and nice. Things we don’t have in Porterville. We ended up copying the floor plan of the house and building it here. But the house we copied is on the front page of the site! 

February 21, 2014: Royal Rancho Sante Fe

5992 Calle Camposeco

Rancho Sante Fe, California

$40,000,000 | 8 Bedroom | 8.5 Bathroom | 16,000 sq. ft.

This exquisite estate features a main house, resort club, two guest houses with 10 additional bedrooms, a gym and gorgeous gardens on nearly 40 acres. The landscaping is a modern interpretation of Monet’s famous gardens, boasting beds of lilies, waterfalls and peaceful ponds serving as homes for colorful Koi fish.  

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Rich people are the f**king worst: The 1 percent’s vile new war on us all
The wealthy and their GOP apologists talk about poor people as the takers. They have it completely backward
By Sean Illing

‘Rich people rarely tell you how they really feel about poor people. Occasionally, though, you get a glimpse. Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a story about Rancho Santa Fe, a small but extremely wealthy enclave in Southern California. Like the rest of California, the people of Rancho Santa Fe are dealing with a drought. As you might imagine, that means water is scarce and conservation is critical. For the denizens of Rancho Santa Fe, however, conservation is someone else’s problem, namely poor people.

According to Steve Yuhas, who lives in the area and hosts a conservative talk-radio show, privileged people “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful.” Oh, the humanity! In case it wasn’t clear, Yuhas added that the right to water ought to scale with income: “No, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”

And Yuhas isn’t alone. Gay Butler, an avid equestrian and fellow resident of Rancho Santa Fe, fumed for similar reasons. “It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture,” she said. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?” Perhaps Butler has a point. It’s one thing to demand sacrifice in extraordinary circumstances, but we’ve got to draw the line somewhere, right? If a woman wants to ride her finely manicured horse on a dirt-free prairie in the middle of the desert, what matters a little drought?

Brett Barbre, a fellow Orange Country aristocrat, also appears to get it. “I call it the war on suburbia,” he remarked. “California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom. It’s slowly becoming the land of one group telling everyone else how they think everybody should live their lives.” Barbre continued: “They’ll have to pry it [his water hose] from my cold, dead hands.”’

Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’

RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.

People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”

Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.

Modern California Wedding in Rancho Santa Fe

Modern California Wedding in Rancho Santa Fe

What do you get when you combine one of the best wedding planners, a talented photographer, a beautiful backdrop, and a gorgeous bride and groom? You guessed it. This modernly chic California wedding right here. We love the way EverAfter Events incorporated stripes throughout the wedding decor — there’s something so modern and chic about stripes when used tastefully. We’re also obsessed with the…

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