BREAKING NEWS: SLV WATER DISTRICT CONSIDERING RATE INCREASE FOR MOST CUSTOMERS

SLV Water

Miller Maxfield, the PR Agency that Boulder Creek residents ultimately pay for (through our water bill), has just issued a “strategically-timed Friday afternoon press release.” (this is what government entities do when they don’t want people to notice news.. it’s called the “Friday News Dump” )

The SLV Water District is holding a special board meeting next Thurs, 7/13 to consider a rate restructuring, which would result in increase for most customers and a decrease for some.

If the Board of Directors chooses to pursue the proposed rate restructuring, the District would follow California’s voter-mandated Proposition 218 process. The Prop 218 process requires the District to notify ratepayers of the proposed increase, provide a 45-day period during which ratepayers can submit a letter of protest and hold a public hearing at the end of the 45-day period, at which time a decision would be made by the Board regarding the proposed rate restructuring.

Full Press Release from our PR Agency hired by the SLV Water District is below….

 

SLV WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER RATE RESTRUCTURING TO FUND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND BUILD EMERGENCY RESERVES AT SPECIAL BOARD MEETING 7/13 @ 6PM

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT; MEETING TO BE HELD AT HIGHLANDS PARK SENIOR CENTER IN BEN LOMOND

JULY 7, 2017 — BOULDER CREEK, CA — The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) today announced it will hold a special board meeting to receive public input and consider whether to move forward with a proposed rate restructuring. The restructured rates would simplify existing rate tiers and produce additional revenue to be invested in ongoing capital improvement projects throughout the District service area as well bolster as the District’s emergency reserve funds.

The special board meeting will take place Thursday, July 13 at 6:00p.m. at Highlands Park Senior Center, 8500 Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond.

The District’s capital improvement projects have been prioritized through a public process. The projects focus on repairs and improvements to the District’s aging infrastructure, such as fire protection capacity, leaking tanks and pumps and water mains prone to failure. Most customers would see an increase in their rates, though some customers who use very little water would see a decrease in their rates.

“Based on current rates, we have enough yearly revenue to adequately cover operational expenses, but not enough to cover ongoing capital improvement costs or grow rainy day reserves,” said Brian Lee, SLVWD District Manager. “To help us understand where we stand, what our needs are and how we can prepare for the future, the District has engaged with the community and key experts to complete three important studies over the past year including a cost of service study, a prioritization of capital improvement projects and a comprehensive rate study. The Board now has an opportunity to discuss whether or not to ask our ratepayers to consider a rate restructuring that would produce ongoing funding for capital improvement projects.”

If the Board of Directors chooses to pursue the proposed rate restructuring, the District would follow California’s voter-mandated Proposition 218 process. The Prop 218 process requires the District to notify ratepayers of the proposed increase, provide a 45-day period during which ratepayers can submit a letter of protest and hold a public hearing at the end of the 45-day period, at which time a decision would be made by the Board regarding the proposed rate restructuring.

 

 

Throw Back Thursday – Bruce McPherson… where are you?

Below is a Q&A our current supervisor Bruce McPherson completed during his campaign. Dated October, 12, 2012.

We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting some of his key statements. As crime increases in Boulder Creek making it a less hospitable town for commerce, tourists and families, we gotta wonder……  Bruce… where are you man?

 

October 12, 2012….

Why do you want to be Supervisor?
Simply put, I believe that public service is what many of us should
aspire to.  Our democracy, and our governments won’t work unless we,
as citizens get and remain involved in serving our community and
working to make our democracy more vibrant, sustaining and
representative.  My family has been here since the 1840s, and we have
both served the community, and helped build it.  I want to continue
helping my neighbors, and serving my community because I am fulfilled
by the experience, I believe I can do a good job, and I enjoy working
with people and finding new solutions and ways to make our lives and
communities better.  This will be a full-time job for me.  I’m
dedicated to the 5th District and to Santa Cruz County.

How will you help Boulder Creek?
I will continue to “deliver”, just as I had when I was elected to be
your Assemblyman and State Senator.  I know that the San Lorenzo
Valley and Boulder Creek haven’t received adequate funding and other
resources from the County for years;  We have clear needs to better
serve those who live in Boulder Creek;  better roads and road
maintenance, ensuring that our watershed and river water remain
healthy, working Valley-wide to find solutions to our air-quality
standards, and building a bigger, and better ‘eco-tourism’ local
economy based on our environment, parks and rural attractions.   I
have found ‘new’ state money to help ourl fire departments, I have
fought for bond funds to improve our local parks. I have been a leader
in class-size reductions and changing local bond elections that
allowed passage of the SLV school bond that funded the new library and
performing arts building.

What are the obstacles facing Boulder Creek and how will you address them?
There are a series of obstacles, some of which are physical and
geological.  In an interesting turn, those obstacles are also some of
our most significant strengths, so we need to continue to enhance our
image, enhance our natural resources and carefully adhere to our
slow-growth and stringent environmental regulations so we preserve our
strengths.  Resources, as in “money” is the other obsticale, and that
challenge is getting worse, not better during this economic downtourn.
Community participation, volunteerism and synergy and cooperation can
help, but – “we” need the money that previously flowed into other
parts of Santa Cruz County to improve our downtown, increase sheriff
and public safety programs, improve our local parks, schools and begin
planning to implement those elements of the Boulder Creek Town Plan
that are achievable in the short run.

Why do you think you are the best person for this appointment?
The “County” as a government entity is both an official extension of
the State, and it is our “local government” for unincorporated areas.
I have been elected to represent the SLV and Boulder Creek four times,
and I believe I know Boulder Creek and the issues that we need to work
together on, and I believe I have served the area well.  However, we
face a series of new challenges, as the state continues to reduce
spending on local issues while at the same time, it is shifting more
and more ‘state’ responsibilities to the local communities (Counties).
So, I believe the fair question is;  Who would you want to represent
you now?  An individual who has had decades of experience representing
this local community, and working at the State level – with that
knowledge and experience, or someone who is less qualified?  Our
county resources can easily be re-directed to doing the business of
the State, and that shift will make it even more difficult to do the
good things we need to do locally.  Or, our Supervisor can fight for
our “fair share”, and can fight to keep the State from shifting more
and more resources away from our local needs and local agenda.  I am
that person – the one with the experience and knowledge and clear
vision to “fight” for our fair share.

I have delivered for the 5th District throughout my career, and I want
to work for you again.

Bruce McPherson

 

Election TODAY

VoteToday is election day, the polls are open from 7:00am and close at 8:00pm. Please vote and make your voice heard. All ballots must be received by 8:00pm, that includes mail in ballots.

You can lookup your polling place here:

http://www.votescount.com/nov14/root1104/

If you have a mail-in ballot you can drop it off at any polling place in the county. Boulder Creeks polling places are:

Boulder Creek Fire Station
13230 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Boulder Creek Library
13390 W. Park Avenue
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Redwood Elementary School
16900 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Other information about what is on the ballot or other voting related issues can be found here. http://www.votescount.com You can also call (831) 454-2060 Monday – Friday from 8:00am till 5:00pm with any election related questions.

FULL Voter’s Guide

Links to voter’s pamphlet info, for, against, funding, campaign, background, and so on regarding all items on the ballet. This voter’s guide is meant to be non partisan and is in same order as the official ballot.

https://bouldercreekinsider.com/2014/10/22/voters-guide-2014/

Local Issues

(included in the full Voter’s Guide as well)

San Lorenzo Valley Water District (vote for no more then 3)

Eric Hammer

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Gene Elizabeth Ratcliffe

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Larry Prather
– currently in office

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Karen Brown

http://www.votekarenbrownslvwater.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Chuck Baughman

http://www.chuck4slvwd.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Bob Fultz

http://www.bobfultz.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


SLV Water District information sites

http://www.slvwd.com/BoardInfo.htm about the district and board

http://www.slvwd.co SLVWD watchdogs

http://www.slvwd.co/dp/sites/default/files/docs/grandjury_slvwd.pdf
Grand Jury Report 6/2014

County Measures

K – Cannabis Business Tax

http://votersedge.org/unincorporated-area/ballot-measures/2014/november/measure-k

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/meak.pdf

Yes – no site found

No – no site found

Comment Period ending for Economic Vitality Strategy

2014-08 Economic Vitality Strategy

The comment period for the Santa Cruz County Economic Vitality Strategy was lengthened thanks to our own Business Association, but it is ending on August 15. So if you want to comment you need to do so now.

This strategy is currently in draft form and will be revised and then finalized by our board of supervisors. The current draft over looks many issues in the San Lorenzo Valley, and on the whole doesn’t seem to have many plans at all for the economic needs of our valley.

Current Draft – Santa Cruz County Economic Vitality Strategy (110 pages)
http://www.sccoplanning.com/Portals/2/County/Planning/economicdev/Draft%20Economic%20Vitality%20Strategy.pdf
The text of this document is not searchable, making it difficult to find information with out reading the entire document. Page 3 of the document does mention San Lorenzo Valley and the valley is mentioned throughout the report but in very general terms. Also individual towns in our valley are not really mentioned.

Background Report – Santa Cruz County Economic Vitality Strategy (86 pages)
http://www.sccoplanning.com/Portals/2/County/Planning/economicdev/Ec%20Vitality%20Trends%20Report%209-30-13.pdf
If you notice on page 3 under “Local Economic Development Initiatives” San Lorenzo Valley is not even mentioned. Our valley is mentioned on pages 13, 63, 65, and 74.
Ben Lomond is mentioned on pages 14 and 52.
Boulder Creek is mentioned on pages 14, 52, 53, 65, and 66.
Brookdale is mentioned on pages 52 and 53.
Felton is mentioned on pages 14, 52, and 53.

Public Comment – You can leave public comment at the link below or email your comments direct to Kathy.previsich@santacruzcounty.us
http://www.sccoplanning.com/PlanningHome/EconomicDevelopment/EconomicVitalityStrategy/OpenTownHall.aspx#peak_democracy

Petition done by our Business Association gathered 146 signatures and brings up many issues with this report. They include sewer systems needed for downtown areas, high-speed internet, road maintenance, parking, tourism / hospitality, public safety, and branding issues. See link to their petition for details about their concerns.
http://www.change.org/petitions/supervisor-bruce-mcpherson-our-response-to-the-santa-cruz-county-evs-report?share_id=fAbXvliTeV&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin wrote an article in last months paper about this petition along with Bruce McPherson’s responses to it. There might still be some copies of the paper in town.

So if you have an opinion about this email it to Kathy.previsich@santacruzcounty.us by August 15 and make your voice heard.

Election TODAY

Go Vote

Today is election day, the polls are open from 7am and close at 8pm. Please vote and make your voice heard. All ballots must be received by 8pm, that includes mail-in ballots.

You can lookup your polling place here:
http://www.votescount.com/jun14/root0603/

If you have a mail-in ballot you can drop it off at any polling place in the county. Boulder Creeks polling places are:

Boulder Creek Fire Station
13230 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Redwood Elementary School
16900 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Other information about what is on the ballot or other voting related issues can be found here.
http://www.votescount.com

So get out there and rock the vote.

Town Meeting Tonight: Meet Bruce McPherson

Town meeting tonight, 7pm in Boulder Creek Elementary’s Multipurpose room.

Come out and meet up with other community members and Bruce McPherson concerning the Boulder Creek Town Plan.

To view and download the Boulder Creek town plan click HERE – it should be noted this was drafted in 1992… over 20 years ago.

Boulder Creek Town Plan

McPherson Wins – 5th District Supervisor

It was very close race, but over the weekend it was announced that Bruce McPherson has won the 5th district Supervisor seat.

Congratulations to Bruce McPherson. Boulder Creek is looking forward to working with you and having you represent us.

If you would like to read a Boulder Creek focused Q&A answered by Bruce during the election, please click HERE.

 

BruceMcPherson

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