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 Boarding4 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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Why Do Some OCWD Board Members Loathe Being Watched?

Why Do Some OCWD Board Members Loathe Being Watched?

22 July 2014

Could it be that some board members believe they are huge trees ruling over an enchanted forest, far from the normal world of accountability that the rest of us live in? If so, that's a shame, because without public participation at government meetings, human nature kicks in, corners get cut, conflicts of interest pop up, and money gets thrown around. For the citizen-watch-dog, there's no ground more fertile for sniffing out offensive misconduct than where the water buffaloes roam.

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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Water Boarding6 Comments

‘Absolutely Infuriating’ OCWD Director Says About Secret Meetings

‘Absolutely Infuriating’ OCWD Director Says About Secret Meetings

16 July 2014

An Orange County Water District director, infuriated over being misled by OCWD staff and other directors about secretly held and possibly illegal executive committee meetings, plans to speak out at the District's next board meeting, July 16, the Surf City Voice has learned. “Since I have been copied with agendas for recent executive committee meetings,” Director Jan Flory told the Voice in a phone interview, “I am very disturbed that they are not copied to the rest of the board before its meeting. The scope of issues it talks about far exceeds what I have been told the Executive Committee deals with.” - See more at: http://www.surfcityvoice.org/?p=3959&preview=true#sthash.5LhMYqT0.dpuf

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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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Posted in Headlines, OCWD, Water Boarding5 Comments

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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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

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