Why Can’t Rialto Vote on Who runs the Water & Waste Water Systems?

Ok everyone we have recived the phone calls from both sides and with an issue like this in these economic times it can be hard to decifer the honesty and mistruths in both messages.

On one hand you have SOS Save our Water with a petition drive to undo the decision by the City Council and Mayor to sell off our water and waste water systems to American Water. The only Council Member to vote against this twice was Joe Baca Jr. who is running for Assembly.

I spoke to somone down at the city and this is the best I can decifer from both messages.

SOS Save Our Water (AKA AFL-CIO) – The union that represents the water workers dosen’t like this deal. So what they are doing is they have begun over the last couple weeks began circulating a petition to put on the ballot for the voters to decide on wheather they want American Water to actually take ownership of our systems. It does not effect water rates increasing, it just reverses councils decision. In my opinion this is a bad deal with the wrong company. Its just a last ditch effort to sell or water off for 30 YEARS for a small one time payment of 30 million dollers.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Rialto, Edward J Carrillo, Scott Beard, Midge Zupanic, Mayor Grace Vargas, Bill Perez & Randall Lewis – This group has Robo Called, wrote in the voice of the people and mailed out letters. They want you to believe that without American Water no upgrades will ever be done and the city will crumble around itself. Ok maybe the city falling apart was my adding of dramatics but not without a little help from the city goverment. There are other companies out there with better deals for residents, its the 30 million doller pay back that has council salivating. They keep calling the 30 million dollers Redevelopment money, they had better be careful lest the state takes ownership of that money as well. If all else fails let the current employees do their job and slowly upgrade our systems. What your telling us is the people the city employed to do the job can’t meaning you don’t know how to hire the right people. Also I really dont understand how a private company can get better deals on materials and supplies but a City can’t. Cities have resources like legislators, County Supervisors and others that can help them get those great prices on supplies. Hey if Lewis Comercial Properties want to build here so bad why can’t they or Ron Pharris help the city barter for reasonable prices. With the right protection and projects Rialto is a reat place to bring your business because so many of us shop well outside our community for entertainment and day to day needs.

City office said if you don’t like the American Water Deal feel free to sign the Petition, But if you want to battle the water rates only then you must mail or walk in a letter of protest with the following information.

Name, Adress or APN & Signature. These three things must be on your letter I am signing the petition and sending out a letter and I suggest that the rest of the city does the same.

If you want to sign a petition you can go to:

379 W Valley Blvd

Rialto Ca 92376

Or if you have peitions that need to be turned in also go to the Valley Location.

If you dont want to leave your home feel free to respond to this post or email rialtonw@aol.com with your address and we will come to you with a petition to sign. Or you can go to Fresh And Easy above the 210, Walmart on Riverside or call petition cordinator Mark (615) 419-2932.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie Rininger
    May 09, 2012 @ 01:43:12

    I wonder how West Valley Water district has done it all these years, oh that’s right, they don’t have the City using their funds… They are an independent special district and the City should let them take over. The problem with that is the City will not get a huge lump sum from them. We all know this is the City’s effort to get money and not give a crap about the people who live in Rialto. They have created utility taxes of 8%, created a perchlorate charge to EACH CUSTOMER EVERY MONTH and yet they have not used these funds to upgrade our water system. Yet we have some new bus stops and other frivolous city beautification things here and there… Screw that … I want to drink wholesome water, not look at a butt ugly bus stop!

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  2. Anne Lopez
    May 10, 2012 @ 17:37:27

    I can’t believe the letters that they are sending out. What they need to send out are Thank You notes to all the Rialto Water customers to thank them for building all their new projects in the West Valley Water District. South Rialto is getting screwed over.

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  3. Julie Rininger
    May 12, 2012 @ 22:55:32

    That’s right, I didn’t even think about that! West Valley Water District services north Rialto and some of south Rialto! So the City is not even going to have to repair anything in those areas!

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