OCWD: ‘Would you like a sandwich?’ Water directors keep their early meetings and bloated stipends

OCWD: ‘Would you like a sandwich?’ Water directors keep their early meetings and bloated stipends

09 July 2014

At the June 18 regular board meeting of the Orange County Water District, Director Jan Flory of Fullerton asked her nine colleagues if they would support consolidating the dates of four public committee meetings in order to save $106,000 a year and to make those meetings more convenient for the public to attend–early morning and high-noon start times are great for water buffaloes but inconvenient for the general public.

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Who Runs the Orange County Water District? You or Poseidon Inc.?

Who Runs the Orange County Water District? You or Poseidon Inc.?

03 June 2014

Even the worst legal counsel can try to squiggle through self-serving and imaginary loopholes or creative exceptions to the law, and we can be almost certain that is what OCWD’s legal counsel will try to do tomorrow night (Wed. June 4, 5:;30 pm) if pressed. But, ultimately, WE, the people, are the law of the land, PERIOD, but ONLY if we stand together and SHOW UP at the meeting and SPEAK OUT!

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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding2 Comments

Vanity Skin Scrubbers Harm Ocean Food Web

Vanity Skin Scrubbers Harm Ocean Food Web

29 May 2014

The beauty industry hits hard on the importance of frequent exfoliation to keep skin looking younger and healthy. Spherical plastic micro-bead scrubbers, no larger than a half millimeter, have been introduced into hundreds of skin care products in recent decades, but scientists are discovering that the ocean food web, and maybe human health, could be imperiled as a result.

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OC Water Official Says ‘No Comment’ on Poseidon Vote

OC Water Official Says ‘No Comment’ on Poseidon Vote

29 May 2014

Sheldon's role as the OCWD plant for the partnership of Faubel Public Affairs and Communications LAB is vital to the future financial well being of their client, Poseidon Resources, Inc. But Sheldon is loath to acknowledge his mole-role in public, as shown when he glared, silently, at Director Anthony when he pointedly asked Sheldon, "So, I guess you're okay to talk about Poseidon now? ... You're free?" Later, when I asked him why he didn't recuse himself, his answer was "No comment."

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Poseidon’s Water Boy: Mayor/Assembly-Candidate Matt Harper Quietly Pushes Desal Scam Past Ratepayers

Poseidon’s Water Boy: Mayor/Assembly-Candidate Matt Harper Quietly Pushes Desal Scam Past Ratepayers

15 May 2014

The problem is that if Orange County Water District (OCWD) approves partnering with Poseidon, the Replenishment Rate (RA) for all of the water we pump from the aquifer will rise by at least $103/acre foot according to their estimates. Huntington Beach pumps on average 20,000 acre feet per year. That means that rate payers will pay an additional $2 million per year for water to save $150,000.

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Posted in Environment, Headlines, Poseidon, Water2 Comments

Caring for My 94-Year-Old Father as the Surf City Voice Resumes

Caring for My 94-Year-Old Father as the Surf City Voice Resumes

10 May 2014

Five years ago my then 88-year-old father started to suffer from extreme back pain and was diagnosed with kidney failure, congestive heart failure and the slow onset of dementia. His health had always seemed as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, but now it was frighteningly obvious that he was entering the final phases of his life, something that I had always almost thought would never happen.

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Ocean-Plastic Cleanup Schemes Fail to Separate Fantasy From Reality

Ocean-Plastic Cleanup Schemes Fail to Separate Fantasy From Reality

07 June 2013

Even if any gyre cleanup devices are ever successfully deployed, what seems clear is that, alone, they could not solve the crisis of ocean plastics pollution. As consumption of plastics generally parallels development, worldwide plastic waste generation is expected to continue to rise into the future. It seems delusional to believe that open ocean cleanup schemes could keep pace with new plastics entering the oceans.

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Mesa Water District: Was $290,000 PR Consultant Worth It?

Mesa Water District: Was $290,000 PR Consultant Worth It?

16 May 2013

Amidst much recent criticism in the press, the Mesa Water District's elaborate public relations program, along with its "branding" effort in particular, seems to have backfired. One consulting firm in particular, Laer Pearce & Associates, had a strong influence on Mesa Water's public relations approach in the past several years, especially its branding program, and rests at the center of the recent controversy. Today the Surf City Voice begins a daily presentation of invoices from that contract which had an end cost of $209,141.40.

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Mesa Water Vs. the Media: 13 Possible Reasons Why

Mesa Water Vs. the Media: 13 Possible Reasons Why

14 May 2013

On March 14, 2013, Mesa Water District’s board of directors passed 5 – 0 a press credentialing policy. That policy is designed to tightly control media access to public functions, like the recent VIP private $50,000 party that the agency threw for itself at ratepayers’ expense. In my public speech to the board on that evening, I speculated as to the reasons for Mesa Water’s new obsession with creating a draconian press control policy. To supplement my views expressed that night, I offer the following 13 additional, specific, possible reasons for that obsession.

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New Mesa Water Press Credential Policy Weeds Out Journalists and Terrorists

New Mesa Water Press Credential Policy Weeds Out Journalists and Terrorists

12 May 2013

Mesa Water District's new anti-terrorism program falls under Mesa Water’s new press credentialing policy, which was approved unanimously by the board but had already gone through a dry run at the VIP event.It requires that journalists who cover Mesa Water’s various outreach activities, like the VIP event, be accredited by the agency first. The standards are strict, carefully designed to maximize media control and the amount of favorable media coverage for the district’s policies and projects.

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