Helix Water District

READER'S EDITORIAL: EAST COUNTY A NO-SHOW AT TAXPAYER SEMINAR ON PUBLIC AGENCY 401KS

 

By David Smyle, La Mesa

 

February 11, 2011 (San Diego's East Count)--On Thursday February 10, the SD County Taxpayer Association held an informative breakfast on 401(k) plans for public employees. All County and City leaders were invited to attend for free--but only representatives from the City of San Diego, San Marcos, Oceanside, the Port Authority, SD County Water Authority and the SD Firefighters and Police Associations were present, besides the public.

 

Since no East County city or Other County officials or their representatives were in attendance, I guess they already had all the answers and had determined that this route was not for them. With Helix Water District currently under employee MOU negotiations and paying the most beneficial employee package of any public agency, it would have been nice to at least see one of the two negotiators in attendance for good PR even if they didn't plan to use the information.


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HELIX WATER BOARD NAMES VERBEKE PRESIDENT, LINDEN VICE PRESIDENT

 

By Miriam Raftery


December 10, 2010 (La Mesa) – At Tuesday’s meeting, Helix Water District’s board swore in reelected members DeAna Verbeke and Kathleen Coates Hedberg.

 

The majority also voted to name Verbeke president, replacing Richard Smith. In addition, John Linden was named vice president.


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WATCHDOG GROUP CALAWARE SENDS WARNING TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS; THREATENS LAWSUITS TO ASSURE BROWN ACT `STRICT ENFORCEMENT’’

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Californians Aware (CalAware), the nonprofit center for public forum rights, has advised state associations representing most local government agencies that their members may be subject to short notice lawsuits for common violations of California’s open meeting law, the Brown Act.

 


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HELIX WATER BOARD RACE STIRS LITTLE ATTENTION

October 30, 2010 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s Board of Directors has faced challenges amid an era of water shortages caused by drought and court decisions limiting our region’s water supplies from Northern California. Water rate hikes, budget cuts and development of new water sources for our region are all key issues the Board must contend with in the future.

 


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“GET USED TO IT. WE’RE GOING TO PAY MORE EACH YEAR.”

Helix Water District raises rates in contentious hearing

 

By Kristin Kjaero

August 19, 2010 (La Mesa) – “Get used to it. We’re going to pay more each year,” Helix Water District Board member John Linden told the audience, shortly before the board voted 3-2 to raise the three-tiered rate structure an average of 8% more starting in November. Last year rates increased 21+%.

 

Discussion at the rate increase hearing was lively to say the least, as tempers frayed and the public, General Manager and Board members accused one another of not being truthful and of micromanaging. The room was filled to capacity, and occasionally members of the audience called out and were gaveled back to order. A La Mesa Policeman stood in the back quietly observing.


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HELIX VOTES TO HIKE WATER RATES—AGAIN

Public meetings set; first is July 14 at Fuerte Elementary


June 22, 2010 (La Mesa) – By a 3-2 vote, Helix Water District’s Board on June 16 voted to increase water rates as recommended by staff. Board members Kathleen Coates Hedberg and De Ana Verbeke opposed the rate hike, while members Richard Smith, John Linden and Chuck Muse voted in favor of raising rates.


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WATER RECLAMATION & SAND MINING PROPOSAL WOULD YIELD NEW WATER SOURCE FOR HELIX DISTRICT--BUT EL MONTE VALLEY RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2010 (Lakeside) –Concerns bubbled up at a Saturday meeting between Helix Water District general manager Mark Weston and residents of Lakeside over a proposed El Monte Valley mining, reclamation, and groundwater recharge project.


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HELIX WATER DISBANDS AD HOC COMMITTEE ON WATER RATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

February 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – By a unanimous vote, the Helix Water Board voted yesterday to disband an ad hoc committee on rate increases after several citizens objected on grounds that the process was not transparent.

“Your ad hoc committee has two board members on it,” Josan Feathers, a registered civil engineer, observed. “So when the ad hoc committee brings its recommendations to the Board , it only needs one more vote.”


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HELIX WATER DISTRICT TO DISCUSS 2010-11 WATER RATES & WATER BUDGETS AT FEB 17 & MARCH 17 MEETINGS

 

 

By Kristin Kjaero

 

February 14, 2010 (La Mesa) -- How will water rates change as of July 1, 2010, and will individual water budgets be imposed as part of the process?

 

The Helix Water District (HWD) Board will discuss these February 17 and March 17, 2010 respectively.

 


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ROUGH WATER AHEAD? HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER NEW RATE HIKES

 

Why can’t we charge people the right cost at the right time?” – Board member Kathleen Hedberg

By Kristin Kjaero

 


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HELIX PIPELINE UPGRADE SENDS WATER FLOWING FOR 3 DAYS IN EL CAJON NEIGHBORHOOD

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2009 (El Cajon) –Why was water left to flow for three days from a pipeline on Pepper Drive? After a reader e-mailed East County Magazine to say that Helix Water had failed to repair an apparently ruptured pipeline a day and a half after it was first reported, we contacted Helix Water District to find out why.


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