Monday, April 21, 2014

MINUTES, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, March 17, 2014

ABSTRACT: Re: GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT 10. Update on Development of Water Supply Projects, Stoldt stated the District has been in touch with EcoloBlue and has received specifications on the atmospheric water producers.  This topic will be addressed at a future committee meeting. 
Stoldt noted Exhibit 10-A is information on the filing related to California American Water’s proposed desalination plant resizing and discussion between the settling and non-settling parties. Stoldt reported the Legislative committee met on March 14, 2014 and updated the group on progress with respect to legislation for the public contribution water rate relief bonds to fund the desalination project. The bill is scheduled for its first hearing on April 2, 2014. Director Brower will attend the hearing.
With respect to the Groundwater Replenishment Project, Pure Water Monterey, the District continues to work collaboratively with Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) staff developing terms for the source water agreements. Exhibit 10-B addresses where the source water is coming from. A draft Request for Proposals for an externalities study is being developed and is scheduled to be presented to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) next week for review and input. At the March 13, 2014 meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA) (Exhibit 10-C) the Authority consented to a letter of support for the Salinas and Carmel River Basin study. This is a cooperative effort between the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works, MCWRA, MRWPCA, and the Water Management District.

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT


10.

Re: PUBLIC HEARINGS
16.  Consider Approval of Budget Adjustment for Joint Funding of Groundwater Replenishment Project and Incorporate into MPWMD Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget
Director Brower offered a motion to approve the Budget Adjustment for Joint Funding of Groundwater Replenishment Project and Incorporate into MPWMD Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget with the understanding that the District be involved in all future source water discussions. The motion was seconded by Director Byrne and unanimously approved on a roll call vote by Directors Brower, Byrne, Markey, Potter, Thayer, Lewis and Pendergrass.
Dennis G. Allion, Board Chairman, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, spoke in favor of the budget adjustment and stated the project is very close to wrapping up issues on source water. He noted there is a need to work together for ways to produce more treatment water and have large basin available.”
“Public Comment: (1) Tom Rowley, Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, stated the agenda calls this a project but the citizens have not voted on it. He recommended the Board be more discriminating about funding sources.
PUBLIC HEARINGS –
16.



Action:  The Board will review and consider authorizing 
an increase in budget for the Groundwater Replenishment 
 Project.  A decision to authorize this increase, would also
 amend the MPWMD Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget.





Draft Minutes – MPWMD Regular Board Meeting – March 17, 2014

MINUTES, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, January 29, 2014

ABSTRACT: Re: GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT, 16. Update on Development of Water Supply Projects, Stoldt restated several points outlined in the staff report on this item. He also announced that a draft version of the water rate relief bond legislation was distributed that morning for review by the California State Office of Legislative Counsel.
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT


16.
Re:  ACTION ITEMS 21. Consider Action to be Taken with Respect to Public Water Now Initiative Petition, The Water Management District’s Elections Official, Arlene Tavani, certified to the Board that the petition submitted by Public Water Now was sufficient. Certification was based on Monterey County Elections Department’s examination of the petitions, verification of signatures, and subsequent communication dated January 21, 2014, stating that the initiative petition contained 135% of signatures of qualified voters needed.
Byrne offered a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2014-02 to immediately order that the ordinance included in the Public Water Now initiative petition that calls for an investigation into the feasibility of public purchase of Cal Am be submitted to the voters without alteration. The motion was seconded by Markey and adopted unanimously on a vote of Byrne, Markey, Thayer Pendergrass and Potter. Directors Brower and Lewis were absent.
On a motion by Markey and second of Thayer, the timeline for review and submittal of arguments related to the ballot measure (submitted by staff at the meeting) was adopted unanimously on a vote of Byrne, Markey, Thayer, Pendergrass and Potter. Directors Brower and Lewis were absent.
The following comments were directed to the Board during the public comment period on this item. (1) George Riley, representing Public Water Now, expressed support for adoption of Resolution No. 2014-02. He stated that public ownership would result in a lower cost water supply. (2) Rick Heuer spoke in support of adoption of Resolution No. 2014-02. He stated that an election would provide an opportunity for public discourse on the drawbacks of public ownership. (3) Eric Sabolsice, Director of Operations for California American Water, stated that the company is not for sale. He expressed support for adoption of Resolution No. 2014-02. He described the Public Water Now initiative as a distraction to development of a water supply project. (4) Nelson Vega, Vice President of the Commercial Property Owners Association, expressed support for adoption of Resolution No. 2014-02. According to Mr. Vega, it cannot be said that public agencies operate more efficiently than private entities. (5) Bill Hood stated that if a ballot measure calling for purchase of Cal-Am is approved by the voters, costs for low and middle income rate payers will be controlled because the CPUC would not be involved in rate setting. (6) John Narigi, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, referenced a letter dated January 24, 2014 (on file at the District office) recommending that the Board of Directors adopt a resolution calling for an election on public ownership of Cal-Am, because the voters would be responsible to pay for a feasibility study on the purchase of Cal-Am facilities. (7) Sam Teel, Chair of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, expressed agreement with comments made by John Narigi. (8) Michael Behr stated that public ownership of Cal-Am would provide an opportunity for local control, and the incentive for profit would be eliminated. (9) Doug Wilhelm, representing Public Water Now, stated that 85 percent of the population of the United States is served by public water. According to a market survey completed by Public Water Now, three out of four people who had an opinion expressed support for local control of the water supply by the Water Management District. (10) Tom Rowley, representing the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, recommended that if the Board voted to place the Public Water Now initiative on the June 3, 2014 ballot, it should keep an open mind and let the public hear all the issues before they cast a vote. (11) Kevin Stone, representing Monterey County Association of Realtors, referenced a letter to the Board dated January 29, 2014 (on file at the District office) requesting that the Public Water Now initiative be submitted to the voters. He stated that the Association of Realtors is opposed to public ownership of Cal-Am. (12) Harvey Billig, member of Public Water Now, asked the Water Management District to analyze Cal-Am rates and determine what percentage of the rates collected are utilized locally. (13) George Brehmer expressed support for adoption of Resolution No. 2014-02. He spoke in support of public ownership of Cal-Am. (14) Stan Dursa stated that the cost of a feasibility study on the purchase of Cal-Am may be higher than originally anticipated.
21.



Action:  The Board will consider adoption of Resolution 2014-02 
 calling for an election within the MPWMD boundaries on June 3, 
2014, as specified in the Public Water Now Initiative Petition.  
The petition requests that the District submit to the voters a 
proposed Ordinance that adds Rule 19.8 to the District Rules 
and Regulations and requires the General Manager, within 
nine months of Rule’s effective date, to complete a Feasibility 
Analysis and Acquisition Plan for the acquisition, long-term 
ownership, and management by the District of Cal-Am’s assets.  
If the Plan concludes acquisition is feasible, the District shall, as 
soon as practicable, take all necessary and proper actions 
consistent with its powers under District Law and Eminent 
Domain Law to acquire Cal-Am’s water system assets.




Ø  Supplemental Recommendations for Item 21 
 (presented by MPWMD staff)


Ø  Letter from Monterey County Association of Realtors 
 (presented by MPWMD staff)


Ø  Letter from Coalition of Peninsula Businesses 
 (presented by MPWMD staff)




Final Minutes – MPWMD Regular Board Meeting – January 29, 2014

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING, April 22, 2014: Oath of Office to the Elected Members of the City Council and the Mayor

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING PACKET
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, April 21, 2014 Meeting Featuring Item 8. Consider Approval of Expenditure for Cost Sharing with Soquel Creek Water District for Third Party Review of DeepWater Desal Costs

ABSTRACT: On Monday, April 21, 2014, the Board of Directors, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, will conduct a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 P.M. CONSENT CALENDAR ITEM 8. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURE FOR COST SHARING WITH SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT FOR THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF DEEPWATER DESAL COSTS is featured; ITEM 8 materials are embedded. RECOMMENDATION: The General Manager recommends that the Board agree to cost-sharing with Soquel Creek Water District for the third-party review of costs and cost of water from the DeepWater Desal project. The Water Supply Planning Committee considered this item on April 18, 2014, prior to distribution of this staff report. District staff will announce the committee recommendation at the April 21, 2014 Board meeting. The “Peninsula water district board is set to consider paying for half of a $24,800 study of Deep Water Desal's projected desalination plant facility construction and operations costs.,” according to reporting in The Monterey County Herald. The Agenda and REVISED Agenda documents are embedded.
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEM 8.  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURE FOR COST SHARING WITH SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT FOR THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF DEEPWATER DESAL COSTS
MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT AGENDA, Regular Meeting
Board of Directors
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
Monday, April 21, 2014
MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT REVISED AGENDA, Regular Meeting
Board of Directors
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
Monday, April 21, 2014

RELATED NEWS ARTICLE:
Monterey Peninsula, Soquel water districts consider Deep Water Desal study
Analysis would focus on project construction, operations costs
By Jim Johnson, Herald Staff Writer
Highlight Excerpts:
On Monday, the Peninsula water district board is set to consider paying for half of a $24,800 study of Deep Water Desal's projected desalination plant facility construction and operations costs. Deep Water Desal is planning a plant capable of delivering about 10,000 acre-feet of potable water a year, which could be expanded to as much as 30,000 acre-feet a year. The water management district has already agreed to pay part of the firm's environmental study and permitting costs as part of an effort to support a back-up plan in case California American Water's proposed north Marina desal plant is delayed or founders.
Kennedy Jenks Consultants would conduct the study using as a baseline the Peninsula water authority-commissioned comparison study by SPI in early 2013 of three area desal projects — including the Cal Am and Deep Water Desal proposals, and Peninsula businessman Nader Agha's People's Moss Landing Desal Project.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

COMMENTARY Majority of Voters Blithely Go About Their Business, Following the City Council, Never Acknowledging the ’Scandals’ at City Hall

“But in the topsy-turvy world that city hall has become since Jason Stilwell — an outsider from Santa Barbara — became city administrator two-and-a-half years ago, an employee in the finance department who stole food stamps was lavished with praise, but one who talked to a reporter was fired.”

“Meanwhile, the city council blithely goes about its business, never acknowledging the scandals that are piling up at city hall, and pretending it’s The Pine Cone that has the problem.”

“Meanwhile, a purge of city hall employees who were not part of Stilwell’s team also got underway. Anybody — and the total is more than a dozen to date — who revered, or even remembered, the pre-Stilwell era was apparently bound to be fired, put on leave, or forced to resign.”


Source: Editorial: Who will the next victim be? The Carmel Pine Cone, April 11, 2014, 28A

Meanwhile, on April 8, 2014, a General Municipal Election occurred, whereby a majority of the 1111 voters (41.8% of registered voters) elected incumbents Mayor Jason Burnett and Council Member Carrie Theis. Apparently, a majority of voters, unconsciously and unthinkingly, follow the city council, blithely go about their business, never acknowledging the scandals at city hall, and pretending there are no scandals. As a result, a majority of voters fail to hold elected officials accountable for their individual and collective responsibility to acknowledge and address the “scandals” and properly oversee the city administrator and city administration. Furthermore, a majority of voters seem to be unconcerned about the city employees who have been fired, suspended, placed on administrative leave, and resigned and untroubled about “Who will the next victim be?”

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Employees Fired, Contract Suspended, Paid Administrative Leave, Resigned (March 2013 – March 2014)

Children’s Librarian Linda Macdonald, Fired, March 2013

Deputy City Clerk Molly Laughlin, Fired, March 2013

Former Fire Marshall Art Black & Former Building Official Tim Meroney, Inspections/Code Compliance Contract Suspended, April 2013

IT Manager Steve McInchak and Computer Tech Rose Franzen, Paid Administrative Leave, June 2013

Building Official John Hanson, Paid Administrative Leave, June 2013; Fired, August 2013

Administrative Coordinators, Community Planning & Building Department, Leslie Fenton and Margi Perotti, Paid Administrative Leave, October 2013; Fired March 2014

Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Heidi Burch, Resigned, October 2013

REFERENCES:
City fires librarian, assistant clerk disappears
- No explanations offered
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: March 29, 2013

City's contract review raises questions
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: April 26, 2013

Building official fired after weeks of paid leave
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: August 9, 2013

- Quits over secrecy at city hall
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: Nov. 1, 2013

Burch's resignation letter condemns city administration
- Planning commissioner calls treatment of employees ‘brutal’
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: Nov. 15, 2013

Planning department employee fired for giving info to newspaper
■ Coworker also fired; appeals planned
By MARY SCHLEY, The Carmel Pine Cone, April 4, 2014