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The Water Pollution Issue Reported to the Health Experts

On 8th November it was reported that the quality of water at Placer County was affected. The department of environmental health took up the issue, as it is to them that the problem was reported. The news that went viral stated that E. coli and coliform microorganisms were detected in the Squaw Valleys’ Upper Mountain water, making it unfit for human consumption.



Squaw Valley Ski Holdings’ Report on the Quality of Upper Mountain Water



In response to the issue, facts were laid down for the public to comprehend. As it is, the entire Placer County experienced heavy rainfalls that led to damage of some water systems within the County. The unusually extreme weather condition caused a backlog of some advanced system, which brought about the pollution of the entire system. Following that the issue only occurred on the specific system, then the public can rest assured that no water spilled into their other system.



Evidence That the Contaminated Water Never Reached the Public



Usually, the water suppliers do routine checkups for their water systems. They were quick to discover the issue, and as soon as then reported to the relevant bodies. They consulted with the health experts as well as the most prominent water safety professionals. Currently, the water usage at High Camp and Gold Coast has been barred until the health experts prove that it is safe for drinking.



Informed Steps Made to Maintain Relevance Despite the Contamination



To ensure that all the guests are sufficiently served, the suppliers have maintained their usual services. Additionally, they also supply their clients with clean bottled water at no charge. Going the extra mile depicts that the firm’s goals focus on the customer wellness as an essential.






In case you were not informed about the water safety at Squaw Valley Upper Mountain, now you are updated on the current state. From the recent reports, the effect of the bacteria has been diminishing ever since the water treatment begun. As well, it is confirmed that no single individual got infected as a result of consumption of the water.





The Movement To End Citizens United

There’s a new Political Action Committee (PAC) that’s working to end the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling. In the ruling, the court ruled that corporations are people and as such have a free speech right to donate as much as they want to political candidates and causes. This ruling has opened the floodgates of money going into politics that is being given by corporations and wealthy individuals which swamp out the voice of 99% of the population. End Citizens United PAC was formed in order to put back in place limits on how much any one company or wealthy donor can give.

In the first month after End Citizens United formed they were able to raise $2 million from small donors and expected to take in $25-30 million during the entire cycle of fundraising. The goal of this PAC is to put politicians in place that will support a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling. The PAC has endorses a number of Democratic candidates who have publically denounced the court’s ruling and support a constitutional amendment. They also have an expenditure arm which gives financial donations to the candidates that they back.

End Citizens United is involved in the local, state, and federal levels of government in pushing for campaign finance reform and building the consensus that will be needed for a constitutional amendment to be passed. In order for a constitutional amendment to pass it needs to be ratified by three-fourths of the states and receive two-thirds of the votes in both the House and Senate. This is a difficult hurdle to get over, and as an example the United States hasn’t passed a constitutional amendment since 1992. At a minimum End Citizens United is keeping a spotlight on the issue with the hopes that if an amendment doesn’t pass in time a new Supreme Court justice will be appointed that will shift the balance of power in a new case that comes before the court.

The reason why the group supports Democrats is that while many Republicans agree that political spending is out of control the Republican leadership stands in the way of any meaningful reform. To change this situation End Citizens United seeks to help Democratic candidates defeat their Republican opponents at ballot boxes across the nation.

End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington D.C. The Board of Directors for the PAC includes Ron Barber, Jessica Vanden Berg, Christopher Massicotte, and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky. All four board members have a wealth of experience in politics and how to get legislation passed. For example, Ron Barber is a former Congressman that represented Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, while Hatalsky has been a leader at Third Way working on issues such as abortiona and immigration.