Mark Weston

MURKY WATERS: HELIX LIMITS INPUT OF DIRECTORS AND PUBLIC IN HIRING GENERAL MANAGER

By Miriam Raftery

 

"How they will conduct the search is a decision that the full board is entitled to vote on. " - Terry Francke, general counsel, Californians Aware

 

Transparency in this case is not only questionable but sends the wrong message to the voters…Does the selection process pass the smell test? The voters should decide that.” – La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid

 

October 27, 2011 (La Mesa)— Without calling for a vote, Helix Water District Board Director DeAna Verbeke announced during the October 19 board meeting that a subcommittee of two board and two staff members, not the full board, will handle screening applications to replace retiring General Manager Mark Weston. Verbeke then appointed herself and board member Chuck Muse (who was absent), to comprise the subcommittee charged with narrowing the field of applications to a handful for the full board to review.

 

Her announcement drew gasps from the audience and was made over the persistent objections of board member Kathleen Hedberg and the public.

 

Taking the action without a vote puts the jurisdiction in legally murky water, an attorney specializing in open government laws has informed ECM.


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HELIX WATER DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER MARK WESTON RETIRES; BOARD TO GIVE STAFF DIRECTION ON HIRING REPLACEMENT AT WED. MEETING


October 18, 2011 (La Mesa)-- After 10 years as General Manager of the Helix Water District, Mark Weston announced he will retire on December 30. On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Board will provide staff with directions on recruiting a replacement. The meeting will be held at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.

 


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RATES TO RISE DESPITE WET WINTER, HELIX WATER TELLS CUSTOMERS IN PUBLIC MEETING

 

By Jeremy Los

 

July 28, 2011 – A community information meeting held by Helix Water District last week turned into a discussion of employee benefits and pensions amid public outcry over raising water rates.

 


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READER’S EDITORIAL: TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS ALIVE AND WELL

 

By David Smyle

 

April 23, 2011 (La Mesa)--On Wednesday April 20th, the Helix Water Board on a 4-1 vote approved the two year MOU negotiated by the employees for the employees with no rate payer representation. That’s right! Mark Weston and Lisa Irvine, employees of Helix Water were appointed by the Board to represent the ratepayers’ interest in the negotiations with the employees.


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SILVER LINING: STORM EASES DROUGHT’S IMPACT

 

 

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – One bright spot resulting from the recent storm is the refilling of local reservoirs and aquifers.

 

“By the end of this current storm, we expect about 1600 acre feet of net local water for this water year,” said Helix Water General Manager Mark Weston. “We budgeted 2200 acre feet from the local watershed, so with this series of storms, we ahe accumulated a great start on the water year.”


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WATER BOARD TABLES PROPOSAL TO CURTAIL AFTER-HOURS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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September 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – Helix Water Board general manager Mark Weston asked Board members to table a proposed resolution that would have restricted non-emergency communications among board members to business hours. Several board members also leveled criticism at media outlets that reported on the issue.

“I have said that I’m on call 24 hours a day. I’ve been in public works for 30 years,” said Weston, who stated that “portrayal of my character” in some news reports was “quite inaccurate.”


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HIGHEST PAID OFFICIAL IN HELIX WATER DISRICT DOESN’T WANT TO GET E-MAILS AFTER HOURS

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 31, 2010 (La Mesa) -- "He makes $199,000 a year and gets a car and benefits, but this public official doesn’t want to receive routine emails outside business hours. I-Team reporter Lauren Reynolds shows us the unusual steps he’s taking to be left alone.”

 


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