Vincent Sarmiento: ‘All of Us Want to Be Transparent’ Says Orange County Water Director

Vincent Sarmiento: ‘All of Us Want to Be Transparent’ Says Orange County Water Director

15 February 2015

Which delusion of grandeur do elected officials suffer from the most? Answer: that they have only our best interests at heart. Take Vincent Sarimiento, appointed to the board by the Santa Ana City Council upon which he serves. He isn't the only delusional OCWD director, but he oozes with sincerity. Sarmiento lost his grip on reality at the Jan. 21 board meeting when Jan Flory's proposal for live streaming OCWD board meetings was up for a vote: “In any event, I think talking about this, all of us want to be transparent. I think we all are”, he said.

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OCWD: Who is Responsible for Water District’s Casual Disregard for Law?

OCWD: Who is Responsible for Water District’s Casual Disregard for Law?

04 January 2015

The casual disregard for the Brown Act (the California law that protects the public's right to open government meetings) displayed on behalf of a shadowy applicant during a recent OCWD board meeting does not surprise me. But it makes me ask, who is really more at fault, the board members and their cronies, who play mischievously behind the public's back, or the public citizens and their news media who don't bother to look?

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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Water Boarding1 Comment

Agenda Alert: Recipients of Lush Shooting Gallery Contributions Push Water District Lease

Agenda Alert: Recipients of Lush Shooting Gallery Contributions Push Water District Lease

17 December 2014

What Bilodeau didn't mention, and what Sheldon had earlier side stepped by the committee, was that Patrick Raahauge, Linc's grandson and a twice convicted felon, had been arrested at the shooting range in August 2013 “on suspicion of possessing firearms and ammunition at the family range,” according to a report in the Orange County Register. He had been working at the range, in violation of the terms of his probation, according to the Department of Justice.

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OCWD Director’s Unethical Culture is Challenged by Legal Complaint

OCWD Director’s Unethical Culture is Challenged by Legal Complaint

01 December 2014

The Fair Political Practices Commission has been asked to investigate a business relationship held by Orange County Water District board member Stephen Sheldon to determine if it precludes him from deliberating on a proposed ocean desalination plant. The complaint alleges that Sheldon appears to be using his business relationship with consultant Roger Faubel, owner of Faubel Public Affairs, to shield his financial links to Poseidon Resources, the company that wants to build a $1 billion ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

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Poseidon Desalination Poll Threatens Candidates and Misleads Voters

Poseidon Desalination Poll Threatens Candidates and Misleads Voters

03 November 2014

It's election time. So, in September, Poseidon Resources released another push poll that shows widespread public support for a $1 billion ocean desalination plant that it hopes to build in southeast Huntington Beach. But some of the poll's under emphasized results stand out, suggesting that an honestly conducted poll might produce different results.

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Expense Reports for OCWD Directors

Expense Reports for OCWD Directors

30 October 2014

These are expense reports obtained previously by the Surf City Voice for all current Orange County Water District directors. Listings for 2014 are incomplete. Audit pages for 2013 show the number of meetings claimed by directors versus the number of meetings actually attended. Readers will also be interested in my previous story detailing total benefits […]

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Five Reasons to Pee in Your Garden

Five Reasons to Pee in Your Garden

26 October 2014

I confess, my husband and I both pee in our backyard garden, waiting until nightfall so as not to surprise neighbors...However, after a little research into the contents of urine and the ecological footprint of toilet flushing, I’m approaching my nightly garden visitations with a renewed sense of purpose, armed with sound reasons to continue the habit.

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Steve Sheldon Watch: OCWD director shills for Poseidon, again

Steve Sheldon Watch: OCWD director shills for Poseidon, again

23 September 2014

Stephen Sheldon, the Orange County Water District's elected representative from Irvine, continues to risk the consequences for violating conflict of interest laws by using his government position to benefit Poseidon Resources, Inc., the corporation that wants to build an ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach. Sheldon doesn't fully explain the relationship, but Sheldon's election opponent, Newport Beach City Councilperson Leslie Daigle, may not be so shy about that and Sheldon's numerous other ethical and legal dilemmas.

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Posted in Headlines, MWDOC, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding6 Comments

OCWD: Directors’ Misuse of Committees Shows Disdain for Ratepayers’ Rights

OCWD: Directors’ Misuse of Committees Shows Disdain for Ratepayers’ Rights

04 August 2014

Video streaming would also help reveal OCWD's disturbing and underhanded manner of holding committee meetings, in which policy decisions are usually all but finalized, with little if any public input. That legislative sleight of hand is done by allowing directors from the full ten-member OCWD board, who are not members of five-member committees, to attend those meetings as second tier or alternate voting members and to discuss agenda items while sitting at the table with first-tier committee members.

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Disappearing Ocean Plastics: Nothing to Celebrate

Disappearing Ocean Plastics: Nothing to Celebrate

04 August 2014

You’d think that finding far less plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface than scientists expected would be something to cheer about. The reality, however, is that this is likely bad news, for both the ocean food web and humans eating at the top. Ingestion of tiny plastic debris by sea creatures likely explains the plastics’ disappearance and exposes a worrisome entry point for risky chemicals into the food web.

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