Sewer contractors are now the largest contributors to the campaign against a Public Water District in Portland. These groups receive lucrative BES contracts for everything from
bird counting ($43,000 Audubon contract) to paving church parking lots, funded by sewer ratepayers. Audubon's $10,000 contribution and Depave’s $2,000 contribution together exceed all other contributions combined. AFSME represents Water Bureau employees.
Monopoly utility Portland General Electric is also listed as a recurring contributor. A PGE executive chairs the Portland City Club committee studying the Public Water District Initiative The committee includes sewer contractors and others with financial ties to the City.
Supporters of the PPWD are customers, ratepayers subject to regressive taxation that forces those least able, to pay to the same as the wealthy, for essential water and sanitary service, including paying for the many non-mission pet projects supported by the elite.
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The initiative prohibits privatization of any part of our water system. In 2002 CH2MHill (a PWB favored multinational) held a regional conference on privatization, at the same time when City Council under Erik Sten's leadership was one vote away from relinquishing Portland's sole ownership of Bull Run through an Inter Governmental agreement- Regionalization plan. Nothing in that Intergovernmental agreement nor currently in Portland's City Charter precludes privatization.
If the SEC investigates the City's long-term misuse of ratepayer funds (subject of Commissioner Lloyd Anderson lawsuit against the City) what will that do the bond rating?
The sale of the double-wide mobile home, isn't a good deal for ratepayers. The double-wide was a perfectly decent home if there indeed is a need for a park department "caretaker" house at Powell Butte. The reason the house is being sold now is that the Water Bureau and their cozy consultant, Joe Glicker as part of the land use process related to his MWH Global Powell Butte contract (that went on for NINE YEARS 1995-2004) included constructing a new caretaker house. In that the Water Bureau is spending other people's money instead of building a modest house spent $500,000 on the caretaker house project included in Glicker's CH2MHill Powell Butte II contract (Glicker moved from MWH Global to CH2MHill in 2006). According to Leonard's administrator Shaff, currently a Water Bureau employee lives there rent free.
The ratepaying public doesn't get to see this luxurious home because it is occupied.
Cozy consultants, crony management, lack of transparency and lack of oversight are ever-present problems.
There won't be any opening up Bull Run to logging.
The PPWD initiative ensconces in the City Charter Bull Run protections that preclude logging and other activities that would degrade water quality.
Other initiative provisions include prohibiting the regionalization or relinquishing of Portland's sole ownership of Bull Run, prohibits privatization and commingling of Bull Run water with other lower quality sources such as the Willamette or the Columbia.
Friends of the Reservoirs hit the pavement nearly ten years ago with a water board Initiative Petition as well as two others to address management issues, alarmed at the City's avoidance of public scrutiny of its utility budgeting. Lack of transparency, lack of accountability, the persistent pervasive influence of global engineering firms http://friendsofreservoirs.org/Consultant%…, crony utility management are persistent problems that have never been resolved no many how many new City Commissioners we've elected over the years.
Water and BES rates are too high for individuals, families and businesses. All rate payers pay the same volumetric charge, and all pay too much. Rates are a big issue, but not the only issue. Lack of independent oversight, lack of transparency, special interests, etc., lack of independent community involvement in determining what goes into the budget are big issues as well. Community values are ignored routinely by the Water Bureau.
Community concerns regarding regionalization (or privatization) of our drinking water and blending of Bull Run water with other sources such as the Willamette or the Columbia as outlined in the Bureau's Regional Transmission and Storage document (MWH Global/CH2MHill) are issues addressed by this initiative which would ensconce Bull Run water protections in the City Charter and prohibit privatization, regionalization of our Bull Run water and prohibit blending of our water aside from blending with the Columbia South Shore Wellfield other than in case of an emergency.
The business woman that is challenging the initiative ballot title language that will appear in the voter's pamphlet( wanting to keep hidden from the voters the initiative's prohibition against privatization, regionalization, and blending of Bull Run water, and the independence of the district from City Council as well as the conflict of interest provisions that prohibit bureau cozy consultants from serving on the board), owns a company that profits from the $5.00 per square foot ratepayer (BES) subsidy of ecoroofs. If not for her costly ballot title challenge the initiative would be on the street collecting signatures.
Contributions have not come in yet as no one has been informed where to contribute. It took longer than expected to set up the financial compliance program.
PORTLAND PUBLIC WATER DISTRICT INITIATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS CAN BE SENT TO:
Portlanders For Water Reform, P.O. BOX 82324, 97282
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