Methodology differs in determining water rates

SDWD customers pay less
Question in a recent column asked why water rates differed between customers in the San Dieguito and Olivenhain water districts. According to Larry Watt, general manager of SDWD, “they are about the same.” Average users of 15 units of water with a three-quarter-inch meter are charged $61.51 compared with $62.45 by OMWD. Watt notes the two agencies handle operations differently. The city council sits as the board of directors of SDWD in contrast to OMWD, which is administered by an elected board of directors. Readers wondered why there appeared a wide difference in rates when the cost of water provided by outside agencies to the districts is the same.
Performance ratings
Recent polls have the Governator’s disapproval ratings at 71 percent. But he shouldn’t feel too bad becuz the state elected’s disapproval ratings were at 78 percent. Nationally, numbers are even worse. If someone in the private sector scored that terribly they would be standing in line among the unemployed.
Bronze sculpture
C’bad Mayor Bud Lewis is still the city’s titular head but already an artistic piece of bronze art has been cast. Sculptor Lynn Forbes did the likeness of hizzoner. It was presented to him recently during a Chamber Business Awards event. When his term ends this year, he will have served 16 years as a councilman and the last 24 as mayor.
At-grade crossing
A heavily used pedestrian track crossing at Mission Road and Marcos Street in San Marcos recently was equipped with grade-level devices. Kinda tricky becuz the two tracks were at different elevations. Crossers are now alerted by bells and a gate with flashing lights.
Senior fair upcoming
No less than 60 exhibitors will be providing comprehensive information at the annual senior fair April 29 at Encinitas Community & Senior Center. Event will have a Hawaiian theme and wearing of aloha shirts and muumuus is encouraged. Lottsa freebies. Sponsored by Belmont Village Senior Living and the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. Admission is free and hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moving on up
Craig Fravel, who has been the executive vice president for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club since 1990, is now president and general manager, positions previously held by Joe Harper who remains as chief executive officer. Fravel’s promotions came with lottsa praise from Harper who said he had been grooming Fravel for years. With horse racing facing critical challenges, Fravel will experience a few sleepless nights, which of course is part of the job.
For the kidsters
An Evening Musicale with Hutchins Consort featuring Soprano Lauren Smith will be presented April 17 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solbeach, 424 Via de la Valle. It’s a cooperative effort by St. James Catholic Church in Solbeach and St. Peter’s Episcopal of the Surfside City. Beneficiary is Esperanza Health Center that serves the poorest of the poor in Tijuana.
Snowboard mishap
Young Spencer Fox of Cardiff, who suffered major spinal injuries in a snowboard mishap, is slowly recovering at Rady Children’s Hospital in the Harbor City. Wanna help the lad financially? Info is available by calling (858) 794-8688.
Unexpected?
When County Supe Ron Roberts requested a second hearing on the massive Merriam project north of Escondido becuz he couldn’t make the first one, folks figured he would side with Supes Bill Horn and Greg Cox and vote in favor. Surprise! He shocked opponents by voting “no” with County Chair Pam Slater-Price and Dianne Jacob. Horn believes it’s an anti-biz signal.
Brown Act prevails
A settlement crafted in the dark of night behind closed doors, which gave departing MiraCosta College prez Victoria Munoz Richart in excess of $1.5 mil. in a separation agreement, likely will be negated after all the challenges have been exhausted. The action was in violation of the Brown Act. If there is a hero in all of this, it is attorney Leon Page who filed a suit on the basis it was an unlawful giveaway of taxpayers’ $$$$$$.
New airline
Highly successful bizness mogul Ted Vallas, who made his nest egg developing golf courses, has launched a new airline, Pacific Airlines, to fly out of McClellan-Palomar airport with service to several Cal points, Las Vegas and Phoenix beginning later this year. He will operate three twin-engine jetliners with seating for 70 passengers. His first sky venture was the highly successful Pacific Southwest Airlines flying out of Lindbergh field. He sold that bizness to a major airline.
Long overdue recognition
Four North County lady pilots were recently honored in Washington for their World War II service. They were members of Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS, and flew noncombat missions all over the place including overseas. The four includes Dolores Reed of the Flower Capital, C’bad residents Elizabeth Lux and Ruth Tompkins, and Escondidoan Mary Nelson. Thank you for your service ladies.
One-liners
North County PR pro Brian Metcalf sez Borges Agency that he is affiliated with is now representing Elgato, which produces award-winning TV software … Those snazzy Arts Alive banners that are displayed on utility poles from Leucadia to Cardiff-by-the-Sea will be up until May 15 then will be auctioned off … Did ya know San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy conducts a bird count every second Monday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. and you can participate? … Return your Census 2010 Survey and avoid having someone knocking on your door … Kudos to very active volunteer Danny Salzhandler named the Flower Capital’s Citizen of the Year … Surfside City residents in certain areas of the city are voting by mail on a highly controversial utility undergrounding project … San Diego Sockers, who use the fairgrounds arena as their home base, are Professional Arena Soccer League world champs … C’bad retired jockey Julie Krone is recovering from a broken femur sustained last month while training a young horse in Rancho Santa Fe … Booze ads have gone the way of the cig advertisements on North County Transit District equipment and facilities.
Hasta la Vista

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