LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Water Rates Not as Bad as You Think

Reader says, compared to other areas, we're really in the middle.

By Sara Shelton

I’ve been going door-to-door in our neighborhoods, handing out candidate information on the two city council candidates I’m supporting, and have found that the majority of residents I spoke to are concerned with their water bills. So I’ve taken the time to read, ask questions and have come up withsome conclusions on my own.

Our charges are in the median range. In other words, if we compare what we pay versus what other cities are paying we are right in the middle.

The outrageous statements coming from the rabble raisers simply confirm that they don’t have a grasp of the situation California is in. San Juan Capistrano’s Water Department is forward-thinking and makes 50-year plans for the future-not simply day-to-day schedules. The Ground Water Recovery Plant will be a viable source of water in the future.

Some people have been demanding that we “shop around” for the cheapest water. Oh please, let’s get real. Bringing in another source of water would require retrofitting our entire city…. Whoops, there goes the savings. It’s not the same as shopping around for the cheapest gasoline.

And don’t forget to include other things that factor in to the other agency’s revenues but don’t show up as a water fee, like property taxes and special district assessments, like Mello-Roos.

So please educate yourself and look at the candidates records before you jump on the band wagon with the senseless. Make an informed decision as to who you want representing you on our City Council. I’m going with the candidates who have demonstrated their worth: Ginny Kerr, currently serving us as aplanning commissioner, and Councilman Sam Allevato, a proven leader.

Sara Shelton

Lon Uso October 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
This can't be right Jonathan, Jim said it was simple, a done deal, merely a formality for the judge.
Capo mom October 23, 2012 at 04:55 AM
And Jonathon did the CUSD community a disservice when told us these Children FIrst guys were right for CUSD. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/cusd-trustee-alpay-behind-one-of-the-misleading-domain-names He likes to blame the demise of his paper on others. But he virtually turned the Dispatch over to Children First and people got sick of it. When asked about their behavior now, he has nothing to say. Maybe he has "moved on" but there is no evidence that his judgement has improved. He stood for the good old boys at CUSD, just as he does here. His judgement about candidates and issues is questionable at best.
Jonathan Volzke October 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Capo Mom -- There's been no demise of The Dispatch.It's doing better than ever. And I'm not sure who you are, so I'm not sure who has asked me about "their" behavior ... Well, nobody has asked me, so your post is baseless. Your desperation is showing. The CUSD race has nothing to do with the SJC Council race, and I'm amused that your ilk alternate between saying I've lost any influence in the community, then try to attack me in an effort to undermine my opinion. Either I'm relevant or I'm not. You, of course, are anonymous, so completely irrelevant. As for standing for the "good old boys at CUSD," I'm not sure who you are, or when you got involved, but the "good old boys" of the school district are long, long, gone. Your post is just further evidence that there's maybe a dozen of you so obsessed that you create different screen names and post all over Patch. And if you're going to falsely, senselessly post about me, please spell my name correctly. Thanks, Jonathan.
Capo mom October 23, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Well the parakeet cages in my neighborhood say otherwise about the Dispatch. If it were truly doing better than ever, I imagine you'd still be there milking it to try indoctrinated the residents of SJC. Instead we find you trying to get it done for fun and profit here on Patch. Well good luck with that, lol. I haven't followed the city council race much until I noticed your comments prattling on about honesty and integrity in the campaign process. You lecture that voters have a responsibility to be informed and slough your responsibility at the Dispatch for failing to do so and worse. You should know that among my "ilk", your support of the usual suspects in the city council race, along with your tacit approval of your former school district champions' tactics in CUSD is garnering votes for newcomers. And I suppose that is all to the good. Don't think of it as influence though, more like anti-influence. As for relevancy, it's over-rated and not my concern. I have no delusions of grandeur, I am just a mom. And apparently a poor speller. O well, it's enough for me.
4 square October 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Amen, Capo mom!!! Mr Uso thinks life in our little hamlet is all about him even though he moved so he wouldn't have to show his face around here anymore. Volzke is a Brad Gates wannabe and that's an insult to Gates. Brad is creepy but at least he is good at what he does. Watching Uso and Volzke post is like reruns of a bad reality show. I can't decide if it's the Biggest Loser, The Weakest Link or the one where they get voted off the island. They are pathetic.


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