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Vallecitos Water District Invokes Water Shortage Contingency Plan Level 1

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Vallecitos Water District Invokes Water Shortage Contingency Plan Level 1 asking for Voluntary Water Conservation Efforts due to SDCWA Repairs to 90-inch Diameter Drinking Water Pipe

San Marcos, CA – The San Diego County Water Authority is preparing to launch a major project to fix a leak in Pipeline 4 in the Moosa Canyon area of Bonsall. Pipeline 4 is a 90- inch diameter pipeline that provides treated drinking water throughout San Diego County, including the Vallecitos Water District (VWD). The leak site is in a remote area with no adjacent homes or business. Pipeline 4 will be shut down for up to 10 days. The shutdown likely will start on September 9, 2019, however, these dates may be adjusted depending on the severity of the pipeline leak or dangerous weather conditions, such as Santa Ana winds or Red Flag warnings.

VWD is asking customers to restrict outdoor irrigation to the MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE beginning September 9, 2019, through the duration of the shutdown. Customers should also refrain from other outdoor water uses such as: washing vehicles and filling fountains, pools, spas or ponds. Please remember to turn off all outside irrigation/lawn timers during the water use restriction period. Livestock can continue to be watered.

VWD is suggesting customers deep soak their groves and landscaping prior to September 8th to minimize the impact to our water supply. VWD staff is already implementing strategies to mitigate the impacts of this shutdown. Updates and additional information can be found here: www.vwd.org.

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Press Release-Vallecitos Water District Customers Launch New Website: Political Favoritism to Developers Cost Ratepayers $42 Million

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Friendship of Vallecitos Customers
San Marcos businesses and residents ‐ We pay for water, not politics

Vallecitos Water District Customers Launch New Website: Political Favoritism to Developers Cost Ratepayers $42 Million

They are the Friendship of Vallecitos Customers and want to grow to thousands of members and send a message to Vallecitos Water District (VWD) elected officials. “San Marcos businesses and residents – we pay for water, not politics.” That’s the tag line seen on the home page of their newly released website.

At a VWD Board meeting in 2013, elected officials were deliberating on allowing more time for developers to pay fees. “The District’s interest has to do with providing basic services, sewer, and water, at the best price. That’s all it is. It has nothing to do with helping out developers,” said Former Board Member Jim Poltl. In response, then newly elected Board Member Hal Martin retorted, “I look at the bigger picture – economic stimulus. Smaller governmental agencies … make that happen.”

Since then, the VWD Board gave several breaks to developers that cost ratepayers more than $42 million, according to Former VWD CFO Tom Scaglione. “From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018, Vallecitos ratepayers paid $42.2 million, more than 15% of their water and sewer bill, to amass cash reserves, fund developer deficits, and continue to finance developer obligations with ratepayers’ cash rather than issue bonds. Vallecitos accumulated more ratepayer money than any other water district in San Diego County, and is the only district in the County with a deficit in developer funds.”

While building activity in San Marcos soared in 2013, money paid into VWD by developers plummeted to record deficits.

According to Scaglione, since 2013, water and sewer rates have increased 5.9% on average annually, while developer fees have increased just 2.6% on average annually for inflation.

“It all started in 2012 with a sewer density impact fee that I voted in favor of for developers to pay their impacts,” said Former Board Member Tim Shell. “We all [Board Members] voted for it, and we all had targets on

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our backs ‐ management too. The developer‐backed politicians that unseated us were not from the water industry. I knew this would happen.”

One of the most egregious breaks is the current delay in implementing long‐awaited adjustments to developer fees. When the Board suspended and refunded the sewer density impact fee in 2015, they minimized the impacts by saying a study that is needed to raise developer fees and includes the sewer density impact, would be done that same year. Vallecitos has scheduled a Public Hearing to consider adjustments to developer fees for August 7 at 5 pm – four years late. According to the website, the delay alone saved developers $11 million.

The website, friendshipvallecitoswater.org, details the breaks given to developers, the impacts to ratepayers, and how the situation can be remedied.

“All the numbers on the website are from audited financial statements, board reports, meeting minutes, and budgets,” said Scaglione. “They’re all numbers generated by Vallecitos. You just need to know how to read the financials.”

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The Friendship of Vallecitos Customers (FVC), a group of Vallecitos Water District (VWD) customers, potential

political candidates, past board members, and community leaders, formed to have a unified voice to influence the

VWD Board of Directors (the Board) to maintain a ratepayer focus. Since the 2012 elections, the development

community has had majority control of the Board. Developer influence and financial mismanagement have

resulted in ratepayers paying $42.2 million towards developer obligations. Ratepayers have not had either the will

or ability to financially contribute and therefore win favor, to the extent that developers have financially

contributed to the Board. Visit friedshipvallecitoswater.org

Traffic alert/water main break in San Elijo Hills

Update: Crews just opened up one lane going north-East in San Elijo Road, so traffic is flowing. The other side of San Elijo Road has both lanes open.

Traffic alert / water main break: Just in…this afternoon there was a water main break near intersection of San Elijo Rd & Stephanie Ct. in #SanElijoHills. The eastbound lanes on San Elijo Rd. are currently closed at Schoolhouse. Details will be posted as they come in.

Traffic alert/water main break: Just in…this afternoon there was a water main break near the intersection of San Elijo Rd & Stephanie Ct. in #SanElijoHills. The eastbound lanes on San Elijo Rd. are currently closed at Schoolhouse. Details will be posted as they come in. Follow Vallecitos on Facebook for updates.

San Marcos carrying water for developers | San Diego Reader

Tom Scaglione was assistant general manager and CFO at San Marcos’ Vallecitos Water District. He retired in May and now teaches at Palomar College in their water/wastewater technology program. He’s become a critic on a huge rip off to district ratepayers. Tom Scaglione: “San Marcos is run by develop.

Tom Scaglione was assistant general manager and CFO at San Marcos’ Vallecitos Water District. He retired in May and now teaches at Palomar College in their water/wastewater technology program. He’s become a critic on a huge rip off to district ratepayers.

In 2012, the board of directors of the district tried to increase the sewer impact fees charged to developers wanting to build in the district, which covers San Marcos, plus small parts of Carlsbad, Vista, and unincorporated areas including Lake San Marcos.

“The developers didn’t want to pay it,” said Scaglione. “They took over the board in the 2012 election, ousting longtime members. It’s now a four-to-one majority for the developers. At their very first meeting, they started making accommodations to developers.”

“In 2012, Vallecitos had a $3 million deficit in the developer infrastructure fund,” said Scaglione.

On October 24, as part of the local multi-college campus symposium, Political Economy Days, he presented his scathing report at Palomar College on the State of Water Rates for ratepayers in the Vallecitos District. He reported that since 2012, customer’s rates went up 5.7 percent annually. The developer fund went up only 2.9 percent.

In the most recently adopted district budget,

$84.4 million in ratepayer’s funds will be accelerated to $96 million over the next five years. The developer fund will have a deficit of $44 million. Scaglione points out the district is using ratepayer funds to pay for new infrastructure caused by new development. The 21,000 district customers will pay an additional $552.38 each.

Scaglione says Vallecitos directors Mike Sannella and Hal Martin are in the developer’s pockets. “The development industry is spending $50,000 to get Sannella elected to the city council in the upcoming Nov 6 election.

The only ratepayer-focused person left on the board is Betty Evans,” said Scaglione.

In a telephone interview October 27, I asked what could ratepayers do to change the direction of ratepayer vs. developers? “San Marcos is run by developers,” he responded, pointing out that the Vallecitos Water District has the largest undeveloped boundary in the county.

While Scaglione’s report had several ideas for changing course in the district, he acknowledged there is no political will in the city to do that. “The developers come in here with a bunch of money and create a deception, and the ratepayers don’t stand a chance.”

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Traffic Update: S. Twin Oaks Valley Road reopens to through traffic; lane closures remain in place

After a water main break on Thursday, July 19 forced full lane closures along, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, lanes reopened to through traffic on Friday, July 20; however, motorists can expect continued northbound lane closures along S. Twin Oaks Valley Road between Barham Drive and Campus Marketplace. In addition to the lane closures, southbound left turn lanes at Campus Marketplace remain closed.

According to Vallecitos Water District, the water main break was caused by a corroded pipe; however, the cause of the corrosion is still under investigation.

Crews are currently working to repair the water main and are expected to begin restoring the roadway throughout the evening of Friday, July 20.

Asphalt restoration is expected to begin Saturday, July 21 from 4 am to 5 pm. As work progresses, northbound lane closures will shift and a single southbound lane closure will be in place.  The far left northbound lane of S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and the southbound turn lane at Campus Marketplace will remain closed while crews complete necessary median restoration.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control and use alternate routes if possible.

All water main and roadway repairs are expected to be completed by 4 pm on Sunday, July 22 with all S. Twin Oaks Valley Road lanes reopening by 5 pm of the same day. Delays in work schedule may occur.

For more information about the main break, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

For more information about traffic control in place, contact the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 410-4433. For the latest lane closure information, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

S. Twin Oaks Valley closed at Cal State San Marcos due to water main break- 07/19/2018 5:00 PM

Due to an unexpected water leak, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road near California State University San Marcos is closed in both directions as crews work to assess the situation and complete repairs. Expect delays and detours for several days.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control measures, look for alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.  Updates will be posted as they become available at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

For more information about the main break, water quality or other water issues, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

Sketch: Water Department Impostors Stole $100,000 in Cash and Jewels – NBC 7 San Diego

Deputy investigators released a composite sketch Thursday of a man they say impersonated a water district employee and stole $100,000 in cash and jewelry from an 83-year-old woman in the North County. On May 23, the sketched suspect knocked on Diane Blackwell’s door and told her he was from the local water department and needed to inspect her plumbing. Once inside he lured Blackwell to the backyard of the home and “inspected” her hoses and hot tub. He even pulled a chair out for her so she could sit and ste

Source: Sketch: Water Department Impostors Stole $100,000 in Cash and Jewels – NBC 7 San Diego

Scam Alert!

If someone comes to your home claiming to be from Vallecitos, ask for identification. All Vallecitos employees carry a photo ID issued from the District. Do not let the person in your home if you did not schedule a service appointment. If in doubt, call us at (760) 744-0460 to confirm that the person at your door is a District employee or contact your local law enforcement agency if you feel threatened.

Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Vallecitos Water District

The Vallecitos Water District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. California SDLF Public Affairs Field Coordinator, Chris Palmer, and California SDLF Board Member, Jo MacKenzie, were on hand to recognize Vallecitos for completing the essential requirements.

“This award is a testament to Vallecitos Water District’s commitment to both open and transparent government,” said Jim Hernandez, Board President. “The entire District is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

For more than 60 years, Vallecitos Water District has been the community’s water and wastewater specialists, providing water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista and other unincorporated areas in north San Diego County. The Vallecitos Water District currently serves a population of more than 100,000 within its 45-square-mile boundary.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

 

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