Where Are All the Voices?

By ERNIE GARRETT

Metropolitan Water District, the major wholesaler of water to our region, announced in January it was planning to raise the rate for water. The San Diego County Water Authority, MWD’s largest customer,  immediately launched a protest campaign soliciting support and help from  water agencies, ratepayers, and others to protest this planned rate increase.  CWA even came to the Ramona Municipal Water District Board meeting and gave a special presentation explaining the increases and asking for help to object to the increase.

I happened to attend that RMWD session, followed up, and asked CWA how I could help.

That help was to join a busload of some 40 people from the San Diego area and to go to the Los Angeles MWD headquarters, with placards, and speak against the proposed increase. This protest caused a delay, resulted in “another look” by MWD at the proposed increase and, followed by yet another protest, eventually resulted in reducing the proposed rate increase.

The protest group included top management from CWA and representatives from all parts of San Diego County — virtually every local water agency except one — Ramona!  Not only did other agencies show their support, but I was impressed that every one of those agencies was accompanied and supported by local service organizations, Rotarians, chamber members, Kiwanis, etc.

Where were our RMWD representatives, management, and supporters when their voice could be heard? And perhaps have a lasting effect in containing rate increases and costs?

Why can’t we join together here in Ramona, show some leadership, and speak as a solitary voice on some local issues — rate increases, pension outrages, safety, you name it. Multiple voices speak much louder than an occasional individual complaint or gripe.

Ernie Garrett is a Ramona resident.

Related posts:

  1. District eyes possible 7.5% water rate hike
  2. Water district’s public hearing on rates scheduled for Tuesday
  3. District proposes water, sewer hikes
  4. CWA to discuss water, future rates at RMWD
  5. Water authority gains lawsuit support from RMWD, says refund possible

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Jun 14 2012. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

5 Comments for “Where Are All the Voices?”

  1. SDCE Resident

    Ernie Garrett is a laughable joke and a ridiculously bad liar.

    His ramblings do not even make sense, if all 25 water companies sent someone and they all brought representatives from their community, plus top managers from the water authority, plus representatives from all parts of San Diego County…that would be a lot more than 40 bus riders? Oops must be an “Ernism” (a lie so stupid that it is impossible).

    “Tag Along Ernie” wants us to believe he had some part to play in “reducing proposed rate increases” because he showed up at one meeting? Oops another giant lie…typical Ernie.

    We are all sick of the damage Ernie has done to the SDCEA, wasting homeowner’s monies, aggravating everyone and generally making a fool of himself. Now I hear he wants to run for RMWD. He must think the Estates is full of idiots.

    Good riddance, no one at the SDCEA will miss this nonsense.

    • Whattttt??????

      At his age maybe he did not understand what was happening around him? I feel bad for the poor folks that had to sit next to him on the bus and listen to his nickel slot strategy all the way up to LA!

  2. Non-SDCE Resident

    Sounds like the "SDCE Resident" might be someone from RMWD. Ernie can't be any worse than who they currently have managing the organization and the money they are wasting.

  3. Check the facts!

    After I read this article I was highly suspicious and decided to call the SD County Water Authority and check some facts. I spoke to three people and described this article. One guy actually laughed when he heard about it. He referred me to this link http://www.mwdfacts.com for "accurate information".

    Here is what else I found out:

    1. NO ONE AT THE SDCWA HAS EVER HEARD OF ERNIE GARRET
    2. ERNIE GARRET HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH LOWERING WATER RATES
    3. THERE WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM ABOUT HALF OF THE WATER AGENCIES, THE OTHER HALF, INCLUDING RAMONA SENT "RESOLUTIONS OF SUPPORT.

    It seems Mr. Garret has something to gain and is willing to do it dishonestly. Shame on the Sentinel for printing something that is so obviously untrue? Please do a follow up story to help bring forward the truth.

  4. What a whopper !

    Who knew Eernie was so good at writting fiction!!!!!!

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