Otay Water District
October 13, 2012 (Otay)—Incumbent Otay Water District board member Mark Robak faces three challengers for Seat 5: water manager David Charles, civil engineer Ronald Ripperger, and retired civil engineer Tim Stanton. East County Magazine sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates. Ripperger and Stanton did not respond. Replies from Charles and Robak are published below.
WATER AGENCIES HOST SAN DIEGO COUNTY GARDEN FRIENDLY PLANT FAIRS THIS SPRING, INCLUDING SEVERAL IN EAST COUNTY
February 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- San Diego County residents interested in making their yards and gardens more attractive and water efficient will have an opportunity to get information from gardening experts and save up to 50 percent on select varieties of low-water-use plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring at select The Home Depot locations.
OTAY WATER DISTRICT APPROVES FREE LIFETIME HEALTHCARE FOR RETIREES & FAMILIES IN LIEU OF COST-OF-LIVING RAISES
Taxpayer group calls move “outrageous”; district defends action as "revenue neutral"
August 12, 2011 (Otay) – By a 4-1 vote, the Otay Water District Board of Directors on Wednesday approved free lifetime healthcare for retirees and their dependants. Director Mark Robak cast the sole “no” vote.
A coalition of business and community leaders voiced opposition to the measure. Ratepayers, along with members of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, staged a protest outside the meeting. SDCTA has called the action “outrageous” at a time when ratepayers have seen double-digit rate hikes.
By S. Robert Perry
July 21, 2011 (Otay) -- This is a letter sent to Director Robak relating to his vote against the "blank check" benefit adopted by the Otay Water District's Board. It points out some of the objections to this open-ended forever benefit adopted by the Otay Water District's Board. Hopefully there will be enough public reaction to cause the four who approved this multi-million dollar gift of public funds to look at what they've done and reverse the decision.
June 23, 2011 (Otay Water District) Otay Water District’s (the District) Board of Directors has declared an end to the District’s Water Shortage Response Plan Level 1. The District has been in a voluntary Level 1 water shortage since June 12, 2008. The Plan listed ten ways customers could voluntarily cut their water use by up to ten percent.
May 24, 2011 (Spring Valley)– The Otay Water District’s (the District) Board of Directors has approved its budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. The budget adopted by the District includes a rate increase of 7.7 percent for water service and a 7.5 percent rate increase for sewer effective January, 2012.
"The $78.1 million operating budget and $22.6 million Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) budget reflect the District’s ongoing efforts to lessen the impact of higher water costs on customers," a press release issued by the district stated.
“Make Every Drop Count” video competition open to local high school and college students
March 4, 2011 (Spring Valley) - The Otay Water District today announced its first ever water conservation video contest, “Make Every Drop Count.” The District will recognize the top three student-submitted videos that highlight the importance of water conservation and encourage the community to use water more efficiently.
Part of $50 million water infrastructure investment in East County
Spring Valley, CA - The Otay Water District (the District) has announced the completion of the Jamacha Road Pipeline Project in San Diego’s East County. The more than five-mile long project was not only the largest capital improvement project in the District’s 54-year history, but also one of the most challenging.