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Palo Alto halts water-rate increase -- for now

Original post made on Jun 21, 2011

Palo Alto isn't spiking its water rates just yet, but residents concerned about rising bills should hold their applause for now.

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Posted by Do-It-Over
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

> But Scharff and the council agreed that the new tiers would
> conflict with state law and asked staff to come back with a
> different rate structure.

If this is true, what was the Utility people thinking? And did they get a "sign-off" by the City Attorney's Office?

Something is rotten in Denmark. This is another example of incompetence, or fraud, at the Utility.

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Sounds like staff was following previous council direction - what was the council thinking?

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Bravo Greg Scharff.

And no thanks to you, Gail Price, for standing up for the rate increase. The city needs the extra revenue to keep overpaying your public union cronies.

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Posted by honey bee
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Is Valerie Fong part of the new unionized utility managers? Why is she confused by council direction? She should have asked for clarification early on. Maybe the 'I didn't understand' strategy was to buy more time. She got it. August 1. Let's hope all her high payng unionized managers can get her through this one. Hopefully the August 1st report back date gives Utilites staff time to actually read Prop 218 before they come up with another solution for council.

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Posted by Aghast
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

The unionized managers couldn't do their homework on rates? What are these guys doing on our dime?

Oh and 3 words: DUMP GAIL PRICE!

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Posted by DeAngelo
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

Agree with Aghast. I think we should be asking why a group of managers of a utility would try to circumvent (or not be aware of... equally bad) voter passed legislation which dictates the code of conduct of utilities in this state. In the private sector, said managers would be answering for their incompetence. In the public sector, there are infinite do-overs.

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Posted by haltit
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

Halt it forever,everyone must stop working on it.

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Posted by Rate Payer Abuse Light Shines
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

Whats up with Gail Price, In her infinite wisdom does she not see Palo Altans are getting the short end of the stick.

Prop 218 is designed to STOP ABUSE OF RATE PAYERS.

Clearly they realize that the "cost of providing service is NOT IN LINE WITH THE RATES"; Somewhere else the money gets sucked away - not a surprise.

Thanks Prop 218.

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