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on Jul 1, 2014
Wonder if the increased water rates are to also pay for the 30% overtime costs?
Of course it is Louise...Anytime a business increases rates it is to cover their operating expenses plus maintain their profit margin...
We the People have nothing to say about it but to pay it...Or do we...The trouble with "We The People" is that we do not know how to engage and enforce our power. WE THE PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE BUT WE THE PEOPLE ARE TOO INVOLVED WITH SMALL PETTY ISSUES OF LIFE AND LET THE OFFICIALS SCREW US LEFT AND RIGHT. WE WILL NEVER, NEVER LEARN HOW TO USE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE TO GOVERN OUR DESTINY. It's too bad but it's the truth.
Thank you listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo
Guess I wouldn't be so concerned if I knew they were making a concerted effort to reduce some major employee benefits. No longer can a public agency PAY for spouse yet alone ALL dependents in most public agencies - ALL THEIR MEDICAL. This adds up to thousands of dollars per employee. This practice needs to be curtailed BEFORE they once again (-since 1995 and yearly?) increase water usage rates.
Make it more costly to use water and hopefully we will see some restraint in this drought year.
Hey whiners - if you don't want your bill to go up, USE LESS WATER!
Thank you EBMUD.
Well the first "gotta go" or reduction is obviously, LAWNS. Funny how MANY refuse to give them up/reduce them in size! The time has finally arrived to do so (or spend the money on a grey water irrigation system)Many great hardscapes and stellar ideas out there to supercede lawn AND? Both its maintenance as well as its high usage of water.
Few government agencies offer free medical benefits coverage to dependents. Name one. In fact, in many agencies employees must share premium costs. Don't blame higher fees on this--it is a red herring. How about the Great Recession? Which resulted in deferred maintenance, staff reductions, demise of customer service. The way of the world. Be thankful you've got the best water to drink, bar none.
I'm sipping my coffee made from the best water in the world and I'm reading a finding by our Grand Jury that EBMUD has consistently ignored the laws relative to transparency. The water may taste good but folks, however we are getting screwed.
Thanks to the members of the Grand Jury for their service.
My family has been here since 1955. It is interesting how EBMUD has raised rates and required us to conserve over the years only to keep adding new customers without any consideration or restrictions on their water use. For example, how many new customers are being added right now at the Ellworthy Ranch development? If we are so tight on water, why do the planners keep adding to the demand by approving new housing developments all over the valley?
Long time resident------
I agree with you 100%. It's ridiculous.
How many ILLEGALS are taking our water!? Militarize the border NOW!
Poor Rita: you really don't know how this works, do you? You may not have noticed, but any water that anyone drinks is fairly promptly returned to the local environment (in several ways, but you may be delicate, so just trust me on this one). The mental image of ALLL those "illegals" (meaning anyone who didn't use the Bering land bridge?) gulping water and then high-tailing it to Mexico to return it ... well, thanks for the chuckle.
You know, Rita -- if you REALLY wanna git them furriners, drink Corona, heavily. All that Mexican water will come back to us here in the good ol' US of A. Cheers!
Hey Xin Han..you are not thinking with your mind...
Hey my Blackhawk friend...think think...you only pay less when you use less water until they (EBMUD) realize that they are getting less money from you and that less money can not pay the mismanaged operating expenses.
So Xin Han when you use less you will end up paying more for less. You get it?
Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo
Of course, there is a solution nobody wants to talk about or consider. If we allowed fracking in California, there is enough natural gas to heat our houses, power our trucks and buses, as well as run desalizination plants for decades. We could be self-sufficient in energy and water if we wanted. Instead, we prefer to mess with solar and wind as we buy hydro-power from Oregon and "green" energy from other states as they build gas-fired power plants to meet their own energy needs.
Well, you are right about one thing LTR: if we frack, we will have to desalinate. That's because our ground water will be too poisonous to consume for the next 5000 years.
You might want to spend some time watching Gasland, parts 1 and 2. No, it's not left wing propaganda, though somehow I can easily imagine that some posters here will probably believe that if Fixed Noise is their primary news source.
Anyone using our water here illegally is a thief. I'm with Rita.
The problem with this increase is NOT that the infrastructure needs to be maintained, it is essential that it is. The problem is that this revenue requirement should have come from the "Water Service Charge" not the "flow charge" . Yet again the residents of the inland valleys are being asked to pay an disproportinate amount to subsidise the service costs in Oakland and the cooler bayside communities. Hopefully the 2014 elections will produce board members who treat all utility customers fairly.
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