Garden Grove Desal Forum Tackles Issues Suppressed by OCWD

Garden Grove Desal Forum Tackles Issues Suppressed by OCWD

20 May 2015

A public forum held by Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen last night examined the cost of and alternatives to a proposed $1 billion ocean desalination plant promoted by the Orange County Water District. Those issues--and the panel of local experts who discussed them last night--have been all but ignored by most of the OCWD Board of Directors, some of whom have strong financial and political ties to Poseidon Resources Inc., the company that would build the plant, and its big-business allies.

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Posted in Energy, Environment, Headlines, MWD, OCWD, Poseidon, Water, Water Boarding1 Comment

Drought Politics: Pat Bates Baits Union-Tribune Readers with Doomsday Scenario

Drought Politics: Pat Bates Baits Union-Tribune Readers with Doomsday Scenario

17 March 2015

Orange County is the poster child of disregard for the drought: lush green expanses of grass in front of strip malls, road medians, HOAs, government facilities, and private properties. Any claim she makes that Orange County has “tried” to do its part is laughable. It is interesting that Ms. Bate would chime in on a project outside her district that runs roughly from Dana Point to Cardiff by the Sea in San Diego County. Her district imports nearly 100 percent of its water. North Orange County imports only 30 percent and it could be zero if we managed the groundwater basin equitably.

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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Poseidon, Water, Water Boarding4 Comments

OCWD: Costly Desalination Plan Trumped by Common Sense Alternatives

OCWD: Costly Desalination Plan Trumped by Common Sense Alternatives

16 March 2015

The OCWD’s board of directors has been loath to use commonsense over the past year, rushing toward a draft contract with Poseidon Resources for a $1 billion desalination plant, while limiting transparency and public discussion of important issues left unanswered. Now a new commonsense idea has come forth from one of the County’s most experienced water managers, Peer Swan, who serves on the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors. OCWD should implement Swan's idea before considering a deal with Poseidon for unneeded and much more expensive water.

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OC Water District: Tomorrow’s Forecast is Cloudy with a Chance of Error

OC Water District: Tomorrow’s Forecast is Cloudy with a Chance of Error

05 March 2015

In Orange County, hardly a meeting of a water agency goes by without a board member championing the need for ever-increasing water supplies. On two recent occasions I have heard Orange County Water District Board Member Cathy Green project that "we" needed another 80 to 90 thousand acre feet of water by 2035 due to projected population increases. Many, if not most public agencies rely heavily on population growth as a driver of future water demand forecasts. It seems logical at first blush; more people, more demand. But the reality is more nuanced, and population and consumption are becoming poorly correlated due to many factors.

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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding7 Comments

Tardy Water Director Feels ‘Unsafe’ at Public Meeting

Tardy Water Director Feels ‘Unsafe’ at Public Meeting

23 February 2015

Bilodeau is usually late to meetings, often by more than 30 minutes. Sometimes he arrives late but leaves early or the meeting has only minutes left. But board members are always entitled to their $221 stipend plus mileage, just for showing up, no matter how long they stay. Bilodeau wants “visitors” to stay seated in the "visitors gallery", away from the food on the counter-top and away from the back of his neck. “I think that we need to carefully consider how we're going to deal with that,” he said.

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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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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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