Date: February 19, 2017
Media Contact: Yonah Hong
(213) 505-2552
yonah@ahnforcongress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ROBERT LEE AHN EXPRESSES DISMAY OVER FEDERAL AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO MAKE ANY PREPARATIONS FOR CAPTURE OF RUN-OFF WATER FROM
CALIFORNIA’S WINTER STORMS.

“Over the past several years there has been constant talk from politicians about increased droughts and the
need to increase water conservation. But anyone who has lived in California for more than a decade — and
especially those elected to serve the people — should know that our state cycles through long drought periods
followed by huge storms that cause major flooding and washes down millions of cubic tons of soil from
hillsides and mountains.”

Ahn continued, “I’m a big proponent of conservation. But, there also needs to be some common sense used
by government for planning ahead. I don’t know of any monies over the course of the decade that the federal
government has directed to Los Angeles for the purpose of building facilities to collect and hold rain water
during these storm periods.”

“It would certainly be beneficial to homeowners, apartment, house and small business owners if they didn’t
have to pay higher utility bills while at the same time being restricted on their water use. And, there are
creative ways to build in holding tanks or facilities that don’t damage or blight the environment. We
have access to the technology.”

Ahn concluded, “Business as usual really needs to end. We need to take proactive steps to help communities
through periods of drought without causing people to have to cut back on necessary living expenses in order
to pay their utility bills.

“If elected, among my first priorities will be to help our residents by seeking funding from the federal
government so that Los Angeles City can benefit from excess storm waters, rather than standing by as this lifegiving/
money-saving resource washes down drains and rushes along the Los Angeles River bed out to sea.”
Robert Lee Ahn is running for Congress in the 34th Congressional District.