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More than 600 East Bay homeowners were recently fined for excessive water usage and their names added to a growing record of violators spanning some of the Bay Area’s most wealthy and well-known figures.

The latest list of customers released by the East Bay Municipal Utility District includes Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, who used on average 7,673 gallons a day at his massive compound in Lafayette, which sports nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and two spas.

Adonal Foyle, the former Warriors center, used half as much, but still a hefty average of 3,056 gallons a day at his sweeping Mediterranean-style mansion in Orinda, and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew tacked on 3,456 gallons each day at his Danville home. The average single-family home in East Bay MUD’s district uses about 200 gallons per day. Neither the former sports stars or Mastrov could be reached for comment.

The tally of water violators – often dubbed a “list of shame” – comes after the utility district agreed in August to fine households guzzling more than 1,646 gallons of water per day over a 2-month billing period – at least 8 times the average water consumption among homeowners in Alameda and most of Contra Costa counties.

East Bay MUD, which provides water to 1.4 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is the only major Bay Area water utility to release the names of people flouting water consumption limits during severe droughts. Last month, the agency released a list of over 300 people penalized for excessive water usage including housing developer Tom Seeno, former Chevron vice president George Kirkland, and former Safeway CEO Steven Burd.

The latest tally includes 668 violators for a two-month billing cycle ending in either September or October depending on the home. Expansive properties in Orinda, Danville, and Lafayette with vast green lawns, pools, and other amenities dominated the list.

At the top of the list by a wide margin is an Alamo property owner by the name of Alynn Knox, who averaged a staggering 18,052 gallons every day from late July through September — 90 times the average homeowner usage. The owner could not be reached for comment.

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Coming in at number two on the list at 9,801 gallons is a large Orinda property owned by Scott and Lisa Kovalik. It has a tennis court, pool, and sweeping lawn, according to Google images. Scott Kovalik is the co-founder of BTIG, a major investment banking and stock trading company. Lisa Kovalik declined to immediately comment for this story.

Abdul Chashmawala, who owns a six-bedroom home in Danville, used 5,984 gallons each month. He said there is a hidden leak causing his water usage problem, which is costing about $2,000 a month.

“I’ve called a leak detection company… I just can’t figure it out,” he said in a phone call. Chashmawala said there is “not much” grass on his 2-acre property and he’s been left scratching his head. “Unless I tear up the foundation to find out what’s going on – I don’t know what to do.”


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Ted Cruz Believes He Convinced Mitt Romney to Shave His Beard with This Dianne Feinstein Story

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is convinced he influenced Utah Senator Mitt Romney to shave his beard.

On the Monday edition of his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz, Cruz complimented Romney’s beard but said certain age groups would not take kindly to the new feature.

“Well, listen, I think Mitt’s beard looks great. He came back from Thanksgiving and he had white stubble covering his face. It’s interesting that his beard is all white. His hair is not all white, but the beard, the beard is,” Cruz began.

“I thought it looked good. And, and so Mitt and I were laughing on the Senate floor. I welcomed him to the club — to the bearded club and said, was glad to have him,” he added.

Romney had explained to Cruz that he didn’t shave over the Thanksgiving holiday and his wife Ann Romney thought it was cute and decided to keep the beard.

“I did share with him a story. I said, ‘Well, you’re gonna find there are different views depending on the generation, and in particular young people, 20 something, 30 something, will love the beard. But there’s another generation, which is typically women in their seventies and eighties who can’t stand it,” Cruz explained.

Cruz continued to elaborated that something about beards reminds older people of the 70’s hippie movement.

“My father had a beard in the seventies, and he shaved it because a woman at church said she didn’t trust men with beards. That they were dishonest. And look, I think that really comes outta the ’60s and ’70s and the hippies. And there’s a generation where they see someone bearded and they think you’re a hippie,” Cruz said.

Cruz recalled a story where he was confronted about his own beard while chatting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one day.

“And a story I told Mitt, I said… I was talking with Mitch McConnell — and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) came up and Dianne looked at Mitch and said, ‘Mitch, when are we going to get Ted to shave that hideous thing on his face?'” he recalled.

“And I turned to her, I said, ‘Dianne, next thing you know, I’m growing a ponytail. I’m getting Birkenstocks and I’m coming after your base!'” he laughed.

“What’d she say?” asked co-host Ben Ferguson.

“Mitch McConnell cracked up laughing. And Dianne looked at me completely confused and befuddled — it just — she did not understand what I was saying. So I told Mitt that, and apparently that might have scared him too, because the next day, he shaved it — the very next day, he shaved,” Cruz said giddily.

“Well, he didn’t wanna take that kind of heat from Democrats, let’s be honest. He wants to be friends with them. He loves the Democratic base. He loves the liberals liking him. Of course he’s gonna shave the thing,” Ferguson said.

Cruz said after learning that Romney had shaved, he marched into his office and demanded he grow it back.

“I actually went to Mitt that next day and said, ‘Mitt, I want to officially lodge a protest on behalf of all of your grandchildren. That you are denying them a Santa Claus beard right before Christmas and I think it’s wrong. The grandkids are dismayed,'” Cruz concluded.

Listen above via Verdict with Ted Cruz.

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