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Goleta Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage


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The Goleta Water District on Tuesday declared a Stage I water shortage, asking customers to voluntarily cut their use by 20 percent. Stricter stages ​— ​with mandatory reductions ​— ​could be declared in the future. “Conservation is critical to our ability to meet customer demand during the current unprecedented drought conditions,” said board president Bill Rosen.

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And yet, there are hundreds of new housing units being built or slated to be built in Goleta, up near the Camino Real Marketplace, and elsewhere near/at Hollister Ave. Many hundreds. Plus a big conference center at Storke/Hollister. Plus the UCSB new housing projects with a few hundred more units. Where do we think the water is going to come from if, every 10 years or so when there is a drought, we don't have enough for our current needs? With climate change the drought cycle could be accelerated. Don't the current customers of the Goleta Water District have the right to an adequate water supply? We should all conserve all the time, but there is only so much to go around. Overbuilding is a plan for disaster.

Ibid (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I really think it's time someone investigates the GWD, customers haven't received bills in months. But more importantly this is another City of Bell with huge expensive senior management staff. The District has somewhere between 6 and 8 employees in senior management positions making somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000 per year each, exact figures should be determined. This is unacceptable on many levels independent of the hapless operation noted above. A million dollars plus in management salaries is absolutely unacceptable for a small and simple operation as the District, what exactly do all these managers do all day? They are certainly not fixing the billing or water problem described above as it has gone on for over six months now. The customers of the District are paying these salaries with increased water bills (when we can actually get a bill) and receive nothing in return. Where is the accountability for these outrageous salaries and top heavy management structure? This is exactly the same as the City of Bell fiasco whereas the public was blindly unaware of the issue until it was finally exposed years later.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From a 9/23/2010 Independent article:

Salary Watch: Goleta Water District

What the Top Three Goleta Water District Employees Make

Thursday, September 23, 2010

By Indy Staff

• General Manager John McInnes makes $196,789 a year.

• Assistant General Manager George Eowan makes $171,125 a year.

• Administration Manager/CFO Matthew Anderson makes $130,798 a year.

All three receive retirement through CalPERS.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While those stats are interesting DiscoBoy, cutting salaries isn't going to magically produce water.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@CMan SB: I don't know what's up with your water bill. But mine's been showing up like always, even with the online bill-pay option.

ProudRINO (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@discoboy , since your going to quote 3 year old articles please refernece mine form 04/08/2011 when the GWD raised their rates:
There's more to this story, then whats posted. There's a 'City of Bell" scandal brewing at the GWD and every customer needs top be outraged.

General Manager John McInnes makes $196,789 a year,former County Long Range Planning employee

Assistant General Manager George Eowan makes $171,125 a year.

Administration Manager/CFO Matthew Anderson makes $130,798 a year.

Chris Rich - estimated at $140,000 per year former County Long Range Planning employee

David Matson - about $150,000 year former County Long Range Planning employee

Why did McInnes hire another administrator at $150,000 when the district is struggling pay its bills?
Why does a small district require 5 administrators each making $150,000 or more per year?

Matson, McInnes, and Rich all together at County Planning and now all together at the Goleta Water District with huge salaries, this does not smell right.

Why should we pay $800,000 a year for "management", that's more than many small Cities and Counties.

Rumor has it that Matson's girlfriend, with no planning experience, has taken over Matson's interim position at County Housing development, how did this get under the radar?

It's time to expose this fraud ,as dslproductions states, and get a full accounting.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@CManSB - our figures agree on John McInnes salary, and I also agree with your statements regarding the top-heavy management structure that we rate-payers support. Fully half of my monthly water bill (I just received Decembers) is a "meter charge" which has no relation to the amount of water I use each month.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 4:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mark these words, as the GWD asks for a 20% reduction in water usage their going to come back and ask for another large increase on the meter rate and a large water rate increase to cover the losses - another City of Bell!!!

CManSB (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 6:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Those all important "Can and Will Serve Letters" from the Goleta Water District to developers need to slow way down, to a trickle if you will, especially in the the City of Goleta. With all the planning and management experience on the Goleta water board, why did they "plan" to reduce water use sooner by allowing less water to new development the last few years?

Dont_mess_with_Goleta (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So true, Ibid -- WHY WAS ALL THIS NEW HOUSING APPROVED when there is not enough water already? How many more new buildings are in the pipeline? What can be done to halt the "death by a thousand" new water meters?

LaFleur (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have been deleted here and on edhat over pointing out that a great planner in Goleta is trying to get on the water board..
No one from Goleta planning should be on the waterboard....
Unless you like unfettered development

dadof3 (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2014 at 5:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It was recently reported that Goleta and SB homes use an average of 6HCF and 8HCF per month, respectively.

With Montecito's new rationing plan in effect, their homes get a monthly interior allocation of 25HCF + a landscape irrigation allocation based on lot size!

That's 4++ times what a Goleta home uses before any cutbacks are figured in. This affect us "downstream" users because what Montecito keeps in Jameson Reservoir doesn't make it into Gibraltar Reservoir and Cachuma Lake.

When we all run out of water and turn on the desal plant, I hope Montecito gets a "special" rate.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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