This site was created by concerned citizens of Lompico who are interested in an alternative to the current proposal to merge by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. If you are reading this, it probably means you are of the same mind set and we would like you to know that you are NOT ALONE. We want to encourage you to create an account and to visit the Forum and FAQ tabs for more detailed information and to start and/or participate in a forum topic. This site will be updated daily, so come back often.

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"The merge will happen, either democratically or undemocratically" - Bill Smallman, LCWD Director
 

26 days, 1 hour until Measure N Ballots Are Due.

N means "NO"

Lompico Resident Cheryl Trapp Interviewed by KSCO

REAL Newsletter - January 23, 2014

ARGUMENTS AGAINST MEASURE N

Wasteful, Unneeded, Unfair

 

  1. DOUBLE TAXATION:
    SLVWD will need a bond and/or rate increases to fix their aging infrastructure. We will be paying for our and paying for their infrastructure.

    $8+ Million Dollars plus $?? Million Dollars
     
  2. SPENDS MONEY WASTEFULLY:
    This money does not go to improve or fix anything, it is just overhead. The total cost of the bond is still not known.

    $480,000 Up front bond costs.
    $510,000 County administration fees.
    $4,000,000 Interest over 30+ years.
    $5 Million Dollars
     
  3. SPENDS MONEY NEEDLESSLY:
    If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

    $384,750 for replacing tanks in good condition with years of service life.
    $515,000 For an Intertie already installed and able to meet maximum day demand. (State Water Resources Control Board report October 20, 2014)
    $900 Thousand Dollars
     
  4. SPENDS MONEY UNFAIRLY:
    $210,000 for service meter replacement, SLVWD customer weren’t required to directly pay for new meters. Why are we?
    $451,548 for service line replacements, 333 is incorrect. Is now being paid by rates.
    $650 Thousand Dollars
     
  5. ALTERNATIVE FUNDING:
    Prop 1 funding grants need to be applied for first. Every effort should be exhausted to pay for upgrades before a bond is even offered.

    SLVWD is not required to apply for grants or use other grants or funding sources and apply them to help pay off the bond.

    LCWD already has grant applications in process for Millions.
     
  6. NO ACCOUNTABILITY:
    The Bond Oversight Committee has no legal power, and is not selected by LCWD rate payers. It’s just for show.

    The Civil Grand Jury Report dated June 20, 2014 was critical of SLVWD for lack of financial and operational oversight.

VOTE NO ON N

Continued deception from LCWD Board

In the December newsletter sent out by the Lompico Water District there is a "five-year rate comparison chart".

REAL has already proven, with actual quotes, that SLV's estimates are highly inflated. SLV has yet to justify thier numbers. While the Water Board appears to be happy with whatever SLV tells them, as long as the merger happens, REAL isn't. We can do the repairs/upgrades MUCH cheaper than what SLV and Lompico Water Boards are telling you. Rates can be lower than stated. This is purely a scare tactic.

Lompico Water Board would have you believe that all repairs/upgrades must be done, and paid for, within a 5 year period. This is absolutely false. A 7-10 year period is more reasonable and would reduce the projected rate increase.

The "Lompico Seperate" column includes the increased costs to pay for repairs/upgrades. The "SLVWD Merger" column does not. While the Water Board will say, as they have in the past, that they are talking about billed rates only, this is deceptive and NOT a valid comparison.

You may wonder... If this merger/bond is such a greate deal, why does Lompico Water Board have to resort to scare tactics, inflated numbers and invalid comparisons.

The REAL facts speak for themselves.

 

Lompico has been railroaded

The Truth about Untruths - Counter to the SS Myths and Facts

Sometimes, when people speak untruth, it is because they are just not educated to the facts. Maybe they are gullible and just believe what they are told is correct without ever checking to be sure it is so. Other times people just speak untruth because they have heard it posed as truth for so long that they have come to believe it is so (especially true in our case).

Then there are those who just speak untruth because it deflects other people from seeing the truth (REALLY TRUE IN OUR CASE).

Speaking untruth is like serving unclean water and it is corrupt and sickening.

The residents of Lompico need to wake up and decide for themselves who to believe. We encourage everyone to REALLY look into their hearts and minds and realize they are being taken advantage of. When someone wants a "blank check" and will got to any lengths to make sure they get it, you have to ask yourself what the motive is. What is the definition of motive; "a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious."

Letter to Press-Banner from Sherwin Gott

Press-Banner - September 25, 2014

Editor,

In the Sept.12 editorial section, my fellow director felt the need to point out why I was censured by three board directors during my tenure in office.

I will simply respond as one of two directors who support a local water district run by the Lompico community.

My position is always in conflict with the three board directors who have been pushing strongly for merger without regards to what would happen if we remained in local control.

Since 2010, when the idea of merger was first proposed by SLVWD, a number of untruths have circulated amongst the community. The foremost, which is “Lompico does not have enough water” is simply untrue.

For example, in August — a drought month — LCWD produced 1,558,450 gallons of water, with two wells being offline for a total of 14 days with no water used from the Lompico creek.

During this same period, LCWD water demand was about 1,140,720 gallons of water — or an average of 78.5 gallons per household.

Also, it should be noted that a 6" interconnection is already in operation with SLVWD, a lack of water is no longer the problem it once was, thanks to both SLVWD and the State of California.

Another untruth is the cost of the merger. If the community decides to merge, the total cost is calculated to be $7,786,800 for the bond on 2.75 million dollars, $378,000 for the SLVWD surcharge, and $106,120 for the remaining balance for the CALPERS loan we borrowed from SLVWD.

The total cost is $8,270,920.

If we decided to stay local, I have estimated costs to be $1,172,839 — a difference of $7,098,081!

(Editor: Note that one reason we're told we can't stay independent is that we can't afford to hire a district manager. But we can afford an additional $7 Million ?!?!)

I have sent a copy of my estimate for keeping the water district within the Lompico community to the local newspapers to investigate the figures and have also posted all documents and quote costs for both the public and the Lompico community to examine for themselves at www.real-water.info.

Democracy requires an educated voter to decide for themselves. I encourage everyone to examine the facts and ignore the hype.

 

Sherwin Gott,

Costs to merge

Costs to stay independent

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