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DRAFT MINUTES REGULAR MEETING MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) March 27, 2014

DRAFT MINUTES REGULAR MEETING MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) March 27, 2014

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Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Minutes
Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Minutes

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MINUTES MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) Regular Meeting 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 27, 2014 SEASIDE CITY HALL 440 HARCOURT AVE SEASIDE, CA 93955 Directors Present:
Burnett, Edelen, Pendergrass Rubio, Della Sala
Directors Absent:
Kamp
Staff Present:
Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Authority Clerk
ROLL CALL
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE REPORTS FROM BOARD DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Vice President Burnett announced that the Governance Committee meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014 will begin the value engineering process for the design-build contract of the desalination facility. The Committee will also receive a project update and alternative intake strategies. Mr. Burnett further reported that SB 936 was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Monning and that Dave Stoldt and Mr. Burnett will be testifying in support of the legislation. Executive Director Cullem received notice from County Administrator Office that they are pursuing approval and payment for their fair share contribution for FY 2012-13 which would offset any additional funding needed for the current fiscal year, noting that the County is represented on the Governance Committee, representing the rate payers of unincorporated Monterey County.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
 David Lifland expressed concern regarding the lack of storage during dry seasons and suggested consideration of building additional reservoirs to hold the storm flows.
 Dan Turner spoke to the relative costs of pubic and private water. Questioned Director Edelen’s comment previously made regarding a study of public vs private water. He spoke against the credibility of the organization and the complicated nature of the findings.
 Lee Willaby Pacific Grove resident spoke in support of Public Water Now.
 Tina Holsten expressed concern regarding Cal Am taking advantage of the water politics on the peninsula and expressed concerned that if the public wants to buy out Cal Am it would be more expensive in the future.
 Mr. Cardinale questioned the financing of the desal facility and how the bonds would be paid to which Vice President Burnett spoke to how utilities are regulated in the State of California.
AGENDA ITEMS
1. Consider Taking A Position on Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Measure "O" (Discussion/Action)
 
MPRWA Minutes Thursday, March 27, 2014 Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Regular Meeting Minutes - Thursday, March 27, 2014 2 Executive Director Cullem spoke to the item, recapping the previous meeting where this item was discussed and outlined the changes proposed to the draft resolution included in the packet. President Della Sala invited public comment for the item.
 Tom Rowley, Rick Heuer, Linda Doras, Dean Province and Lawson Little spoke in support of adopting the proposed resolution taking a position against Measure O.
 David Lifland expressed concern regarding unintended consequences for the efforts of Public Water Now.
 Dale Heikhaus, Safwat Malek, Lee Willaby and Ron Nelson requested that the Authority not take a position on the measure.
 Renee Boscoff, Nelson Vegas, Sam Teel, Chair of Monterey County Hospitality association, Kevin Stone Monterey County Association of Realtors, Mike Zimmerman, Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, Jody Hansen President of Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Rick Aldinger and Maria Buell spoke in support of taking a position against Measure O citing the focus should be to obtain a sustainable water supply and public vs. private water can be debated after. Residents and businesses need water to survive.
 Alvin Edwards, Seaside Council Member requested this decision be taken to each Member’s City Councils before a decision is made.
 Tina Holsten, Michael Baer, David Rodder, Suzie Yapley and Dianne Cotton spoke in support of measure O and against Cal Am.
 Malone Hodges spoke to the confusion of the water issue and how there are so many agencies being so opposed. He thanked the Directors for the leadership by the Authority.
 Mike Bekker spoke as Chair of Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and requested supporting Measure O. Speaking as a resident; he spoke to disinformation being spread around regarding the ballot measure and is confusing voters.
 George Riley spoke representing Public Water Now expressed disappointment that the Authority did not request or allow Public Water Now to make a presentation on Measure O and spoke with frustration to the limitation to 3 minutes. He reported on calling the State Water Resources Control Board who said that passage of Measure O will not impact the CDO.
 Paul Bruno spoke with disagreement to Mr. Riley in that the passage of the measure will impact the community with negative consequences and is a risk we cannot afford.
 Scott Dick spoke to research conducted which provides solid, substantiated evidence of other cities that facilitate public water, all being more expensive. He spoke to the study done by Food and Water Watch which provided information that is being misinterpreted by PWN for their benefit. He requested that the Authority oppose Measure O because it will not produce cheaper water as advertised. Having no further requests to speak, Public Comment was closed. Mayor Edelen expressed disappointment that a large number of audience members left the meeting after public comment before there was even a response given or a dialogue facilitated. He spoke to the focus of the Board to provide a sustainable water supply and anything that distracts from that is an issue, which Measure O would. He spoke concerning the projected disastrous impacts to the Monterey Peninsula if the CDO was enforced. Mayor Rubio spoke to his comments made during the last meeting and indicated he did not hear any facts that were data driven, which changed his position on this issue. He believes

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