A solidly detailed explanation of how SAPA was stopped in the Missouri House in the 2014 session…From Ron Calzone:

Missouri has always had pretty good constitutional protection for our right to keep and bear arms.

Article I, Section 23 is Missouri’s equivalent to the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment. It’s designed to limit the government’s power – especially the legislature’s power — to pass laws that restrict gun rights. Constitutionally restricting the state legislature’s ability to infringe on gun rights is especially important, since other government entities, like city and counties, largely derive their powers from the legislature.

Imagine what could happen if the Missouri Constitution was amended to SPECIFICALLY EXEMPT the state legislature from Art. I, Sec. 23 and allow it to pass laws that infringed on the the right to keep and bear arms.

That’s exactly what the House of Representatives voted to do on the last day of the 2013 legislative session.

Now, before you get too worked up please understand that the measure they voted on DID NOT PASS the Senate. It is NOT in the Constitution now!

I do, however, want to use this terrible vote by the House to demonstrate just how “broken” the legislative process is in Jefferson City.

 

THE AMENDMENT

Ironically, the bad language was an amendment to what started out as a very good bill, SJR 14. That was the 2013 version of the 2014 SJR 36, which became Amendment 5 and Missouri voters overwhelmingly ratified on the August ballot, securing for Missourians what are probably the strongest gun rights in the country.

I’ll explain the political back story in a minute, but first look at the terrible amendment the House adopted and then passed with a vote of 115 to 38:

House Amendment No. 1

AMEND Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, Page 1, Section 23, Line 4, by inserting after the period on said line, “.”, the following:

” The right of every citizen to possess, purchase, reload, or manufacture ammunition and to possess, purchase, or manufacture mechanical parts or other articles essential to the proper functioning of arms shall not be infringed or the amounts limited.“; and

Further amend said bill, page, and section, Line 7, by inserting after the period, on said line, the following:

” Nothing in this section shall be construed to invalidate acts of the General Assembly, which create criminal penalties for the unlawful use of firearms.“; and

Further amend said resolution, Page 2, Section B, Lines 5-8, by deleting all of said lines and inserting in lieu thereof, the following:

“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right, that the state government is obligated to uphold that right, and that every citizen is guaranteed the right to possess, purchase, and manufacture firearms, parts, and ammunition?”; and

Further amend said bill by amending the title, enacting clause, and intersectional references accordingly.

The part highlighted in yellow is the offensive clause. It doesn’t take a Kansas City lawyer to realize that the House voted to gut our right to keep and bear arms!

They didn’t mean to do it – they didn’t realize what they were voting on – but they did do it!

The whole purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to “invalidate acts of” Congress when they infringe on gun rights. And the same is supposed to be true of Missouri Constitution’s Article I, Section 23 with respect to state and local law-makers..

Had it become part of the Constitution, the phrase, “Nothing in this section shall be construed to invalidate acts of the General Assembly, which create criminal penalties for the unlawful use of firearms.”, would have allowed the state legislature to define “unlawful use of firearms” any way they chose and then create criminal penalties – all with no restriction by the Missouri Constitution.

With that in the Constitution, they could have passed a statute that defined “unlawful use” as owning anything other than a muzzle loading musket.

Of course, the 2nd Amendment would have still provided protection, but that’s not the point.

The point is that the General Assembly, especially the House, is often times quite dysfunctional and prone to bone-headed mistakes like this!

Now, before you find that your Rep voted for this liberty-stealing amendment and decide to tar and feather him or her, please read the Rest of the Story…

PETTY POLITICS

What happened that May 17, 2013, afternoon was the culmination of petty political posturing for the 2016 race for Attorney General.

To piece the puzzle together, first look at the Actions page for SJR 14. Notice that it passed the Senate and was given to the House on April 4th. That’s 1 ½ months before the end of the 2013 legislative session and plenty of time for a bill to finish the process.

So why did it take until the very last day of session to actually get to the House floor?

It was because the Speaker of the House, Tim Jones, was contemplating running for A.G. against the the sponsor of SJR 14, Sen. Kurt Schaefer. If Schaefer managed to get a landmark constitutional amendment on the ballot and if it was widely adopted by voters, that would be quite a feather in his cap. Of course, all of that became true with SJR 36 in 2014.

Tim Jones couldn’t let his potential political opponent get a leg up on him in terms of gun rights street cred, so he delayed SJR 14 as long as possible.

 

DIRTY PLAY

Delay wasn’t enough, though, Jones needed to kill the bill.

That’s not hard at all to do if you’re the Speaker and there’s only a few hours left in the year’s legislative session. All you have to do is amend the bill – any amendment will do – and send it back to the Senate. There will almost always be an accommodating senator from the opposing party who will threaten a filibuster and the bill will get pulled from the floor.

That’s exactly what happened with SJR 14 on that last day of the 2013 session, but not before some other nefarious deeds.

At the time Amendment 1 to SJR 14 was offered, virtually everyone in the House knew what was going on – including the fact that amending the bill was its death knell. The pro-gun Reps – and that’s the vast majority of them — were warned that the amendment was designed to kill the bill and to vote no when asked if the amendment should be adopted.

No debate was allowed. Majority Floor Leader John Diehl called the “previous question”, a parliamentary move to cut off further debate.

That’s right, the Missouri House of Representatives was considering an amendment that could affect our right to keep and bear arms forever – and John Diehl wouldn’t allow any more debate!

Even without debate when the voice vote was called, a clear majority of them DID vote no, at least from the hearing perspective of everyone I talked to. But Speaker Tim Jones was at the dias and he called the voice vote for the “yeas”.

As you can see from the journal entry, the next action was another call for the “previous question”. There would have still been time for them to slow down and with more deliberation consider what they had just voted on. They could have reconsidered the amendment they had just adopted and backed it out.

Nope – good legislation wasn’t the objective – the objective of the people in control was to keep Kurt Schaefer from gaining any 2nd Amendment street cred.

Instead of acting responsibly, the bill handler made a motion to “Third read and pass” the bill. A roll call vote was taken and SJR 14 passed, liberty-stealing amendment and all, by a vote of 115 to 38.

SJR 14 was, then, sent to the Senate. To pass, it needed their approval of the House’s changes.

 

SAVED IN THE SENATE

From the Senate Journal record, we see that Floor Leader Ron Richard allowed SJR 14 to the floor for debate in those busy final hours. At first, Senator Schaefer made a motion to adopt what he may not of realized, at first, was a bad House amendment, but he withdrew his motion and moved that the Senate refuse to concur with House Amendment 1 and request that the House accept the original Senate version. (See the Senate Journal here.)

By withdrawing his adoption motion, Sen. Schaefer may have saved our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

That gave the anti-gun Senators the opportunity to threaten a filibuster, which promptly kills any bill when there are only a few hours left in the year’s legislative session.. Sen. Schaefer withdrew his “refuse to concur” motion and SJR 14 died for good.

Of course, the good news is Sen. Schaefer filed SJR 36 for the 2014 session, and it ultimately was adopted by Missouri voters as Amendment 5. Frankly, it is much stronger than SJR 14, and our right to keep and bear arms is better protected than it would have been with SJR 14, even without the bad amendment.

All’s well that ends well, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the experience and hold the blunderers accountable.

 

THE BROKEN PROCESS MUST BE FIXED

I honestly don’t think that any of the Reps who voted for the bad amendment in SJR 14 knew just how bad it was. Look at the record – most of the yes votes are stalwart defenders of the 2nd Amendment.

And the Rep who actually offered the bad amendment is one of the strongest supporters of our gun rights. He was trying to make SJR 14 more comprehensive by adding “ammunition and accessories” – I believe the offensive clause wasn’t even his idea.

But he got used by some of the leaders of the House, as did all the other Reps who voted for SJR 14.

They should be infuriated.

They should demand that changes be made in the way the House conducts itself. Here are some things that would constitute a good start:

  1. Put an end to heavy-handed leadership tactics.
  2. Remove most of the power from the Speaker and Floor Leader and distribute it to all the Reps, each of whom represent the same number of Missouri citizens..
  3. Stop the “feeding frenzy” that occurs the last two weeks of the legislative session, when legislation moves too fast to be properly vetted.
  4. Expose and vote out office legislators who selfishly put their own career ahead of good public policy.

For Liberty,

Ron Calzone
ron@mofirst.org

 

For those who still think the Driver’s Licenses are not an issue for privacy, or global control concerns, this article, which is celebrating global facial recognition, should raise some concerns. That would only be the case if you care at all about privacy…Here’s the article:

Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines

 

Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the Interpol Facial Expert Working Group to begin development on international facial recognition standards, according to a report by Eurasia Review.

Held October 14-15, the meeting saw the participation of 24 technical and biometrics experts along with examiners from 16 nations, including identity and biometrics pioneer Dr Joseph Atick.

Over the course of the two days, these experts successfully created a ‘best practice guide’ for the quality, format and distribution of images to be used in facial recognition.

The guideline will be distributed to all 190 Interpol member countries to ultimately improve the quality of images required to achieve accurate and effective facial recognition.

Interpol is currently working with biometrics firm Safran Morpho to develop a facial image database, which is designed to improve Interpol’s forensic capabilities. The project is expected to become operational in early 2015.

Serving as Interpol’s advisory group in the field of biometrics, the working group will meet twice a year as part of the facial recognition initiative.

In 2015, Interpol will host its first facial recognition conference to promote facial recognition activities among member countries, as well as the sharing of facial images using the new database

 

The story below couldn’t be a better illustration about why we MUST have paper ballots. There is no accountability with electronic tabulators or screens. We all know our computers work perfectly all the time, right? (sarcasm of course)

‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

CHICAGO — Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Moynihan offered this gracious lesson to his followers on Twitter: “Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.”

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.

“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

Click for more from Watchdog.org

 

From Missouri Leadership Project…More on the effort to get decent and true representation in the Missouri General Assembly:

Front Line Warriors Fighting Common Core Speak Up
About The Legislative Session 

10/17/2014

Because of the threat of the implementation of the new Common Core standards, many parents from across the state of Missouri watched two bills very carefully last session in the Missouri Legislature. A bill was filed to protect student data that Missouri Parents felt was a powerful bill that would have aggressively protected children and teachers, with punitive action for districts that ignored the importance of protecting students. That bill was called HB 1873. The bill made it out of committee, through the Rules Committee in the House, but never made it to the floor for a vote of our Representatives.

While we watched and waited, hoping for that bill to advance to the House Floor, we watched Mike Lair’s data bill, HB1157 be sent to the floor with very little support behind it. To the contrary, HB 1873 was supported by hundreds of parents from across the state, and dozens who showed up to either testify or show support of the bill in person. The bills were the polar opposites of one another. One bill truly protected student data, while the other gave statutory authority for bureaucrats to collect out childrens’ personal data. The only thing similar was the title of the bills.

For many of us who watched the bad bill advance , and the data protection bill so closely followed by so many parents across the state (HB 1873) be ignored by the floor leader of the House, it was clear that the lobbyists from Google and the Missouri School Board Association (the only two entities to oppose HB 1873) would see their special interests protected while the interests of the children of Missouri would be ignored. Mike Lair’s data bill was ushered to the floor, while the bill the people rooted for never saw the light of day on the Floor of the Missouri House. It was a grave disappointment. We felt as if majority floor leader, John Diehl, blocked the bill that meant so much to so many, in favor of a bill that we believe actually hurt kids.

The legislative process is complex and can be confusing, so we’ve tried to break it down into bite-size chunks, below…

For the full detailed report: CLICK HERE

Stacy Shore
Jill Carter

 

 

Preppers Going Mainstream

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Preparedness

Good article follows. Click on the title for the original:

Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola

It’s showtime for the Doomsday set. As the lethal virus crosses America’s doorstep, prep kits and gas masks are flying off shelves and fringe survivalists are going mainstream.
Jason Charles knows the exact moment he will lead his wife and five kids out of their Harlem home, pile into a car, and take off for the wilderness. It will be not long after Ebola reaches the population of New York City, hospitals overflow, and looting begins—when the first riots break out on the streets of Manhattan.

“Right now it isn’t bad, but if the first case happens in New York, you start hearing about hundreds or thousands of people getting sick and it shotguns through the city, then you want to start getting your plan together to leave,” says the 37-year-old fireman and dedicated prepper. When that happens, he says, “it’s a free fall, that’s the system breaking down.”

But the moment of evacuation is delicate. Skipping work, pulling the kids out of school—all of these decisions have lasting consequences. “If you leave too early, you look like an idiot; if you leave too late, you could be dead,” Charles says.

Nationally, the number of Americans concerned that Ebola will shoot through the population is skyrocketing. According to a Wednesday poll by the Harvard School of Public Health, 52 percent of Americans surveyed said they believe the country will experience a large outbreak in the coming year, while 38 percent said they believed they or a family member would be infected. To be sure, there have been just three cases diagnosed in the U.S.

Many doomsday preppers have spent their lives stocking up for an emergency of the type this contagious hemorrhagic fever presents. Now, they’re gearing up to put their plans into action. Charles says it’s the biggest mobilization the prepper community has seen yet. “This isn’t a local hurricane or tornado or terrorist attack. This is something that has potential to spread nationwide and get ugly,” he says.

At the moment, Charles says he’s trying to keep people calm. He’s been posting Ebola briefings on NYC Preppers Network, the local branch of a national movement of survivalists that he organizes. In the past week, his group has grown in membership by more than 20 members—a notable bump for the circle of 300-some survivalists in the nation’s most densely populated metropolis. At some point, Charles says he believes there won’t be any saving the Big Apple: “The city’s going to burn if it comes down to it.”

With doubts about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s capacity to handle such an epidemic, some people are taking matters into their own hands. On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives expressed outrage over the handling of cases so far, particularly during a grilling about how two nurses were infected with Ebola and why one of them was allowed on a commercial airline. As the news cycle on Ebola begins to bear closer resemblance to the 1995 movie Outbreak, the paranoid and the prepared are following similar cues.

“If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

Last month, Charles convened a meeting for NYC members specifically to go over Ebola precautions. The most important thing, he told attendees, is to boost the immune system with essential oils and constant hand-washing and sanitation. Along with, of course, stockpiling medical supplies and food, as you would for any emergency.

And people are listening. In the past week, preppers-turned-entrepreneurs Fabian Illanes and Roman Zrazhevskiy say they have seen sales of gas masks and their harrowing-sounding NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) kits skyrocket. “Tripled is probably an understatement,” Illanes says. Their company, Ready to Go Survival, sells prepacked survival, or “bug out,” bags and kits. As fears of Ebola grow, they’ve been filling $1,000 orders of gas masks for whole families.

Illanes, who recently moved to Texas from New York, says he imagines a time when Manhattan might shut down all access into and out of the city. “If I’m in a car with my family and each of us has gloves, masks, and bodysuits, and there’s a regular family in a car next to us—who do you think the people controlling borders are going to feel more comfortable letting through?” he asks.

In response to the calls they’ve been receiving, they’re putting together a “pandemic kit” that will provide quick full-body protection and will go on sale late next week.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,” Zrazhevskiy asserts.

On Doom and Bloom, a prepper blog and online store, concerned citizens canpurchase a $59.99 “Deluxe Ebola Pandemic Kit” that includes goggles, coveralls, masks, and biohazard bags.

The website is run by Joe Alton, a retired OB-GYN and fellow at the American College of Surgeons, and his wife, Amy, a nurse. They’re the authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, a guide for post-apocalyptic wellness.

On Thursday morning, Joe flew from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Texas—home to America’s three Ebola cases—to talk prepping on Glenn Beck’s television show. On his way there, he said he was more careful than usual, wiping down the plane’s seat armrests with bleach wipes for the first time ever, and scrubbing his hands with strong sanitizer half a dozen times.

There are some fanatics in what Alton calls the “preparedness community,” but when it comes to Ebola, he’s tempered, saying it’s unlikely the virus will hit communities in the U.S. much more widely.

Online, the more sensational prepper sites are publishing Ebola guide after Ebola guide. When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest. On Organic Prepper, lockdownguidelines are so severe they include segregating family members for one-month periods before interaction. “I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions,” it says. “If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

But the benefit of a slow-moving virus like Ebola, Joe Alton says, is there will be a warning, just like a hurricane, and time to get ready. At home, the Altons have been outfitting a designated “sick room,” for the possibility of a family member coming down with something, most likely influenza, but perhaps Ebola. He chose a corner spare room with good ventilation, and put aside a spare set of sheets and silverware, just in case.

“There’s no harm for everyone in the general public to prepare for disaster,” he says. “We should plan that room out and designate which it’s going to be, but that doesn’t necessarily mean if I visited your house it would look like an intensive-care unit.”

Right now, the ratio of preppers to regular Americans is dramatic: Joe cites 3 percent as the accepted number. A few months of Ebola fear could give the community a bump. “We’re not going to see millions of people in audition calls for [National Geographic Channel show] Doomsday Preppers, but I’m hoping 3 percent one day gets to 4 percent,” he says.

“As long as we’re prepared and have plan of action, we’re going to keep it together even if everything else falls apart.”

 

The following article shows a number of things wrong with the current thought processes in America. In Florida, they put a lady in jail for living off the grid because she manually still used the drains in her home and therefore used the sewer. Please note that they didn’t send a bill to the sky for dropping rain on the streets and using the sewer in the process. Nor had they put in extra effort to attach the house to the sewer. This time, the “code enforcers”, an aspect of Agenda 21’s International Property Maintenance Plan, cite and finally sentence to prison a person who lost control of their yard. It doesn’t state that they were throwing garbage or causing health issues, simply that the grass was too long and the yard wasn’t being tended to. My question is if you were a neighbor of this lady, wouldn’t you ask her if you could mow her lawn for her if it was bothering you? Maybe on top of working two jobs, the lawnmower broke? I don’t know, but if I don’t like something and it isn’t SOP from my neighbors, I would ask if they wanted  help….Maybe I was raised wrong.

From the Great State of Tennessee:

Woman Sent To Jail For Overgrown Yard

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

A few weeks ago, there were stories about the Tulare area of California where people were out of water more than five months. Los Angeles’ Mayor has now signed a directive to curtail LA resident’s usage by 20% by 2017. Some have criticized this move saying if the drought keeps up, there may not be water by 2017. Click on the tile to read the story at the LA Times site:

Amid drought, mayor directs L.A. to cut water use 20% by 2017

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive on Tuesday requiring Los Angeles to reduce its fresh water use 20% by 2017 as a response to the prolonged drought.

Garcetti also asked L.A. departments to dramatically cut the amount of water used by replacing lawns and other city landscaping, including street medians, with less thirsty plants.

“Our relationship with water must evolve,” Garcetti said. “We cannot afford the water policies of the past. We must conserve, recycle and rethink how we use our water to save money and make sure that we have enough water to keep L.A. growing.”

The mayor also directed that the city’s Department of Water and Power reduce its purchases of costlier imported water by 50% by the year 2024. 

Flanked by city and environmental leaders at a news conference held at the DWP headquarters, Garcetti said it was important to address outdoor water use — which makes up half of residential water consumption.

There were no new mandatory restrictions announced Tuesday for residents. But Garcetti asked them to voluntarily reduce their outdoor watering to two days a week. The mayor asked them to use DWP rebates to install landscaping that is drought-resistant, and to install more efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances.

The mayor said that if water reduction targets are not met by a combination of mandatory city actions and voluntary steps by residents, then residential restrictions will be mandated — including restrictions on watering and washing cars.

“Keep in mind that reducing water use is not just good for the environment, it lowers water bills,” Garcetti said. “Reaching our target and reducing per capita water use by 20% would save our ratepayers up to $120 million” a year.

Water use in California has generally been going down.

After a slow start, the State Water Resources Control Board reported that Southern California sharply cut its urban water production in August, down 7.8% from the same month in 2013. Locally, DWP cut its use by 8.8% compared to the previous year. But both numbers fell short of the statewide 11.5% water-use reduction and were far below Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of a 20% reduction.

After the release of the state data, Garcetti said he was “grateful that Angelenos are stepping up” but cautioned “we must do more to further reduce our reliance on expensive imported water.”

The move comes as the DWP has stepped up enforcement of its water conservation ordinance, which places restrictions on behaviors such as outdoor watering, washing down sidewalks and allowing runoff into streets. The water agency quadruped the size of its response unit, sending more staff to crack down on residential water waste.

But the effort has been met with some pushback from locals who have spotted waste by the city itself. DWP has already received more than 4,000 water waste complaints in 2014, some of which are related to leaky sprinklers or runoff on city property.

A City Council committee is expected to take up a motion Tuesday afternoon that would end irrigation of large lawns that are located on city property. The lawns would eventually be replaced with native and drought-tolerant landscaping, though lawns used for recreation would not be affected.

The motion acknowledges that with its often lush landscaping, Los Angeles sometimes sends “mixed messages about the crucial importance of conserving water.”