Belair tropical garden

Anger drives hunt for ‘criminal’ water guzzler during California drought

Dean Gamburd has been a Bel Air resident all his life. Normally, he has nothing but good things to say about his neighbourhood, one of the most affluent in Los Angeles, where the streets are lined with opulent houses and well-tended flowerbeds. Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage and Kim Kardashian have homes here. It’s a nice place to live.

But today Gamburd, a former firearms consultant in his 60s, is angry. Very angry. “It’s criminal,” he says, sitting at a table outside Starbucks. “There’s no other word to use.”

  • simus1

    People with massive wealth and California properties must be extremely careful to make sure they don’t exceed the number of residing days allowed per year in the state to keep their nonresident nontaxable income tax status. Oprah, among many others, is apparently a devout practitioner of this form of tax planning.
    Perhaps the huge water consumption figures cited has something to do with soil stabilization of the entire hillside , not just one property.

    • BillyHW

      Oprah cares about the little people.

  • Xavier

    Get the pitchforks and torches. To the castles!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So, one house is using 100 times the water or a normal household?
    The smallest of one of our almond farms, whose product is mostly exported to China, uses 1000x THAT amount.
    Yeah, I’m worried.

    Not about the water, our drought is entirely man-made buy our own legislature and as artificial as Pamela Anderson’s boobs, but how people that seemingly should know better will turn into veritable Nazis and STASI informers just for the rush that comes from doing-in the next guy.

  • phuque uguugle

    a good bushfire will sort him out