Water agencies give salary increases while increasing rates

While the rest of the country has been stuck in a recession, the head honchos of water agencies across the region have seen their salaries increase as much as 28 percent over the past three years. Full Story
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Wayne Lusvardi

South Pasadena, CA

#2 Oct 23, 2010
Excellent reporting. One aspect was neglected however: MWD has raised WHOLESALE water rates to other water agencies by 15% over 2 years for a man-made drought that a Federal court ruled relied on invalid scientific data about the endangerment of the Sacramento Smelt fish. We have had a normal dry spell followed by a wet year in 2010, but MWD is not going to rescind its rate increase.
Ripped off by Orchad Dale

Whittier, CA

#3 Oct 24, 2010
Orchard Dale also charges for services they don't perform, for example say my bill is late and due for disconnect, I go in and pay it before it is disconnected and they still charge me a $20.00 reconnect fee even though it was never disconnected. The answer I received from one of their managers.."It's just the way it's always been". Why are they charging the poorest people of the community for services not performed??
ole Bob

Downey, CA

#4 Oct 24, 2010
"Rowland Water District's Deck said his salary increase was intended to bring him in line with other salaries in the same market."

This is the reason government is so bloated. They are ripping us off with this style of theft from the community.

They should be paid for what they do, not what other people earn. The amount of money they handle is meaningless. Utilities are huge by nature. It does not mean they should get a percentage of the handle. If that were true bank tellers would be the richest people in town.

Apodaca has all the earmarks of a crook. Vote someone else. If their name ends in a vowel, they are propbably members of a tribe that is very comfortable with graft and bribes.
steve

Monrovia, CA

#5 Oct 24, 2010
the water company needs to be investedgated next for stealing from the public where in a ression and they still raise there rates they should be behind bars
Jameser

Pico Rivera, CA

#6 Oct 24, 2010
It's a public office we voted them in now we need to VOTE THEM OUT.
Zach

La Habra, CA

#7 Oct 24, 2010
This comment hits the nail on the head: "Absolutely there are abuses," Kuhn said. "There are a lot of people who use the water industry as a stepping stone to go to higher office, or for personal use or greed."

Whittier citizens, consider our council, what one individual meets this definition?
selective reporting

United States

#8 Oct 24, 2010
Fine as far as it goes. But you ought to provide a comprehensive list of compensation and travel costs. Otherwise, it looks like you're being selective, and avoiding negative coverage of the water board and water quality board members that advertise heavily in the SGVN papers.

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#9 Oct 24, 2010
As usual the fat cats are helping themselves.
Hernandez Chavez Sketchy

Claremont, CA

#10 Oct 24, 2010
Ed Chavez DOES NOT WORK and is relying in his water board salary. How can a man not work and support himself and family by being a part time board member?

Roger Hernandez in West Covina is another one! Part time Councilman, NO JOB!!

How do they do it people? THEY RELY ON US to pay INCREASED TAXES so they can have pay increases and not work a day in their life.

VOTE THESE CROOKS OUT!!!
Hillary Huang

San Diego, CA

#11 Oct 24, 2010
I say we vote everyone that voted for salary and perk increases out of office. Thank you Pasadena Star News for letting us know. I have seen my water rates go up on the average about $1,200 per year over the past three years. In this tough economy the burden should be shared by everyone. No one should get to be a fat cat.
ole Bob

Downey, CA

#12 Oct 24, 2010
Zach wrote:
Whittier citizens, consider our council, what one individual meets this definition?
Hand Up!

Would it be Jackwagon Greg Nordbak?
Jim Keaton

Coos Bay, OR

#14 Oct 24, 2010
Jameser wrote:
It's a public office we voted them in now we need to VOTE THEM OUT.
Yeah vote them out so a new bunch of thieves can rip us off! we are SCREWED!!
Jim Keaton

Coos Bay, OR

#15 Oct 24, 2010
Well stand up you morons and protest, instead you sit behind your computer and cry about it, get up off your dead asses and do something!
WazzupWitDat

Walnut, CA

#16 Oct 24, 2010
Jameser wrote:
It's a public office we voted them in now we need to VOTE THEM OUT.
The problem is the voters always re-elect the same Boards- The dumb a ss Walnut voters do it every time.
Leon Garcia Prosecuted

Claremont, CA

#17 Oct 24, 2010
Ed Chavez DOES NOT WORK and is relying in his water board salary. How can a man not work and support himself and family by being a part time board member?

Roger Hernandez in West Covina is another one! Part time Councilman, NO JOB!!

How do they do it people? THEY RELY ON US to pay INCREASED TAXES so they can have pay increases and not work a day in their life.

VOTE THESE CROOKS OUT!!!
TooSmoggy

Fresno, CA

#18 Oct 24, 2010
Stalinism is alive and well in the good old U.S.ofA.If anybody doesn't believe me just read up on Stalin.
Jim

La Mirada, CA

#19 Oct 24, 2010
I'll bet none of those that actually do the day to day work got raises anywhere near what the crooks er managers got. Thieving crooks. They can justify it all they want, it is wrong. Dead wrong. Its called abuse of power. The city of Bell is not the only place that needs to be investigated.
Wow

Hesperia, CA

#20 Oct 24, 2010
Whats up with all the haters!? These people go to school and get good jobs, then the people flipping burgers get all mad because these people make "a lot" of money, come on! NEWS FLASH...There are "have's" and the "have nots" in a democratic society... duh duh duh!
Dry Covina Resident

Monrovia, CA

#21 Oct 24, 2010
We pay $38.92 a month for the use a water meter times 12 that equals to 467.02 a year, pretty expensive meter we have in our front yards.Oh yeah my water usage was a whole $9.00,and lets not forget to add utility tax.

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#22 Oct 24, 2010
Wow wrote:
Whats up with all the haters!? These people go to school and get good jobs, then the people flipping burgers get all mad because these people make "a lot" of money, come on! NEWS FLASH...There are "have's" and the "have nots" in a democratic society... duh duh duh!
They make to much for what they do and we are all paying for it. In private industry I could care less, since I don't have to buy their products if I don't want too. With a utility, I have no choice and I do object to these fat cats feathering their fat nest.

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