HomeMesa WaterElection 2020: Last Chance to Stop Poseidon – Vote Seckel, Patterson, Ereth, Schneider, Elliot, and Beard
Election 2020: Last Chance to Stop Poseidon – Vote Seckel, Patterson, Ereth, Schneider, Elliot, and Beard
November 3, 2020
By John Earl Surf City Voice
The Orange County Water District manages the county’s groundwater basin, providing 75 percent of the drinking water for 2.5 million residents in central and north county. It’s board of directors has been earnestly engaged since 2013 with Poseidon Resources unethically, illegally, and religiously to get its proposed $1 billion ocean desalination plant scam paid for by plucking the pockets of OCWD ratepayers for the benefit of Poseidon’s worldwide investors network, as happened with the construction of its twin Carlsbad desal plant.
Poseidon Resources has spent $147,790 on its preferred water board candidates to keep control of the OCWD board and to gain control of the MWDOC board for reasons that are explained in detail in my endorsement of Karl Seckel for the MWDOC board of directors, Div. 4. It has been assisted in that effort by $109,313 more in “independent expenditures” from allied PACs, for a total of $257,103.
Orange County Water District Div. 4
Vote for Kris Beard
Former Garden Grove City Councilman Kris Beard opposes the proposed $1 billion Poseidon scam. His main opponent, Tri Ta, supports Poseidon and is backed by $12,300 in independent expenditures from Engage OC, a Poseidon friendly PAC.
Michael Elliot’s opponent is incumbent Cathy Green, who has ruled the OCWD Board of Directors like Poseidon’s crazy queen for the past 10 years and it’s long past time for her to go. For a long list of offences against all that sound water management should stand for, simply type “Cathy Green” in the search box at the top of this blog and prepare to shock your senses. Elliot is opposed to the Poseidon project, understands the need for conservation and efficient groundwater management–in other words, he’s the opposite of Green who has enjoyed $75,585 in “independent expenditures” from Poseidon and its PAC allies in its quest to maintain majority control of the OCWD board of directors. A victory for Elliot could take away that control and save the ratepayers from paying three times more for Poseidon’s unneeded water that will replace part of but not add to OCWD’s water supply.
Adam Ereth would be a well-qualified replacement for incumbent Jim Fisler, Orange County’s scariest, meanest, surliest, and generally most loathsome Poseidon Resources shill who has been on the Mesa Board of Directors way too long, since 2010. Poseidon gave $2,500 to Fisler for Election 2020 so far. When Fisler isn’t busy shilling for Poseidon, dishing out false information about its billion-dollar project, while pretending to be an expert, he has spent a lot of time posting racist memes about the Obamas or how great the Confederacy supposedly was for its slaves (type Fisler in this blog’s search engine for more info on Fisler and his disservice record at Mesa ). Ereth is none of that and has a water-board appropriate background in science while he earns his PhD Environmental Health Sciences, focusing on climate change and water-focused research from which he expects to graduate in early 2021, just in time to replace Fisler, who also posts fake-news memes on social media that deny human-caused climate change. Ereth also has an excellent understanding of Mesa Water’s history of financial mismanagement (type Mesa Water in this blog’s search engine for more about that) and is ready to challenge it.
Municipal Water District Div. 3
Vote for Lina Moulton-Patterson
Linda Moulton-Patterson is a Poseidon-project skeptic, former Huntington Beach mayor. She served on the Coastal Commission and was the chairperson of the State’s Integrated Waste Management Board and in that role worked closely with the State Water Board. And she is endorsed by the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. Moulton-Patterson soars above Poseidon’s choice for her district, State Assemblyman Tyler Diep, an apologetic anti-Semite who was defeated in the primary by Uber and Lyft with millions of dollars in “independent expenditures” in favor of his opponent Janet Nguyen because he supported AB 5, the bill that liberates rideshare drivers and other gig workers from wage slavery disguised as worker “flexibility” under the label of “independent contractor.” Notwithstanding Diep’s repentance for anti-Semitism and his honorable stand for workers’ rights, he has been a complete script-reading Poseidon shill over the past several years at OCWD public water board meetings. In return, Poseidon wants him badly on the MWDOC board and has spent $38,152 on him in addition to $12,300 spent by Poseidon PAC ally, Engage OC. He is completely outclassed by Moulton-Patterson on that and other water issues.
Incumbent Schneider was elected to the Municipal Water District of Orange County Water Board, Div. 7, in 2016. She is well versed in water issues and is part of the board that allowed MWDOC engineer/assistant general manager Karl Seckel (also endorsed as a candidate for MWDOC Div. 4) to conduct the Poseidon crushing Orange County 2018 Water Reliability Study. She is endorsed by Irvine Ranch Water District’s director and famous Poseidon critic, Peer Swan. Her opponent, Debbie Neev, is on the board of CalDesal, a desalination industry non-profit lobby group that was formed by Mesa Water District to support the Poseidon ocean desalination project and the desalination industry in general. Neev. Naturally, Poseidon has spent $35,250 to get her elected to the MWDOC board, with the help of another $12,500 from PAC ally Engage OC. Enough said.
John Earl is the publisher and editor for the Surf City Voice and Poseidon Town. In the late 1980s, he covered local politics for the Huntington Beach News. In 2005, he was a founding member and first president of Residents for Responsible Desal, which he left in 2006 to become editor of the print newspaper, OC Voice.