Helix Water District Board – Asleep Again

The Helix Water District Board of Directors is, again, asleep at the wheel. Staff circumvented the hiring process for an auditor and spent "less than" $50,000 without board approval.

I am running for the Helix Water District Board and here's one of the reasons why:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, the Helix Water District (HWD) staff notified the Board of Directors (BOD) that they had hired a new auditor. Did you get that? Staff notified the BOD. 

The purpose of an outside auditor is to have an independent set of eyes examine the District’s books to prevent ethics breaches, or impropriety.

It isn't staff's place to hire the auditors. The BOD needs to make sure there is no conflict of interest in any way and at the very least, discussion needs to take place in a public forum. For example, it is important that the auditor isn't related to a staff or board member or a friend of a staff or board member. The District's ethics can be called into question and crimes can be hidden.    

During the meeting, when questioned by the only decent board member, Kathleen Coates Hedberg, staff claimed that they didn't need board approval because the cost is less than $50,000.

What? That's our money and they do need board approval. The BOD is tasked with hiring the auditor, the board secretary the general manager and legal council. How could this BOD allow a staff member to circumvent it's authority? 

My opponent, Chuck Muse, is on the hiring committee. However, he and the other three board members, gave it the big 'ol rubber stamp just as they do with about everything else, including unnecessary rate hikes. And worse yet, the new General Manager, Carlos Lugo, appears not to know better. Perhaps he will learn. 

I guess Mr. Muse forgot to do his job. 

We need change on the Helix Water Board. I hope you will consider voting for me and for Joel Scalzitti on November 6, 2012.



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David Smith November 02, 2012 at 03:48 AM
So Beeswax, your water bill is higher than it was 18 months ago... hmmmm. So is milk, gas, electric,food,tires,raw materials for any manufacturing and on and on. With your thinking someone is to blame other than you I am sure. How about you just have your water service disconnected and see how long you can make it. It costs money to get water to everyone. It does not fall from the sky and magically end up at your house. And don't forget, that water is finite. When you use more than everyone else you are taking it away from everybody and you can't get it back so you should pay more for it. Try researchng how complex the water system is in Southern CA and what it actually takes to get to your house and see if you still think you pay to much to bring water from hundreds of miles away to the middle of a desert for you to use each and every day.
Things I Learned November 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Beeswax is responsible for global inflation so we should not try to cut water costs.
Beeswax November 02, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Batman made a comment that it's the liberals that would raise rates so I asked why my rates are higher today. My point being that the comment he made had nothing to do with what is going on now. Pretty heated response from you though, to what was a fairly innocuous question.
Things I Learned November 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Beeswax admit that you raised our water rates! ;-)
Barbara November 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
When I attended one meeting this last summer on rate increase, I don't recall ANY board members being there. Where were they?


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