Felton Rate Payer
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August 29, 2014
Wait…let me get this straight. Prather wants to save the environment by paving over wetlands and putting in a gas station. Hammer wants to focus on a project (Lompico Water) that SLVWD has no control over right now. Ratcliffe is an area newcomer, but “has experience with water”. (I have experience with air, but that doesn’t make be a pilot) Is this the best that the Valley Women’s Club can put up? What's up with that?
Dan Givson
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August 29, 2014
Well stated. I agree.
SCPetersen
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August 29, 2014
Voters and Ratepayers should weigh these candidate's statements against the editor's perspective summary. Who among them addressed, even obliquely, the recent "scathing" Grand Jury Report? Baughman and Fulz. Prather, in particular, was a principal contributor to the very problems investigated. In his application to the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party, he said that "addressing public perception" would be his top priority. He quoted the Report as asking the following questions: 1. "Are the finances of the District managed appropriately?" 2. "Are the operations well managed?" 3. "Did the Board violate the Brown Act? 4. "Are the operations of the District transparent to the public? "At a high-level", Prather said, "the short answers are yes, yes, no, yes respectively." Number 3 is a legal issue, but 1, 2 and 4 are not. Certainly his track record on environmental issues is noteworthy and we all applaud that, but glaring omissions in other significant areas of responsibility are not simply going to disappear. At the last Board meeting he took a hard line stance on these points by endorsing a draft of the Board's response to the Grand Jury - a response that was sent back to committee for revision to soften the report's tone and language because Randall Brown and the public objected. The present board is tone deaf to issues of public transparency and trust. The only exception is Randall Brown. And let us not forget that the $12 million dollar campus project was personally championed by Prather. Indeed, at the Nov 24 Special Board meeting, in the face of 2800 protests, he said that he had given over "...ten years my life to this project and I'm not going to let it go down the drain." This project is not dead, nor is the certain spectre of unpleasant rate increases on the horizon. Prather is not indispensable; we have other candidates with significant environmental experience that could and should replace him. Stephen Petersen San Lorenzo Valley Watchdogs
Felton Rate Payer
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August 29, 2014
And let's not forget the $3M that Larry wasted on property purchases, permits and planning for his Riverside Fuel Depot. $3M wasted while the district's own 2010 CIP Report clearly identified leaking tanks and other neglected infrastructure. “I launched into this with the intent of finishing it and it's my intent to do so,” Prather said. “Six years so far — two more years till it's finished.” Ya' right. We know what Larry wants to finish. And now he has two slate partners to join in his efforts.
Highway 9'er
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August 29, 2014
Oh, and let's not forget how well Mr. Hammer included "the community in the decision-making process" when he wanted to build an over-sized and unfunded Rec Center in a residential neighborhood. No one that actually lived there learned about the plan until it was written about in the newspaper!


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