Letter To The Editor – Water rates increasing

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsLetter To The Editor – Water rates increasing Jan. 25, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedletterNewsLetter To The Editor – Water rates increasingGuest Author1 year agoLetter to the Editor Columnsmdpwater rates Dear Editor:The city is proposing water and wastewater water (sewer) rates increases. It is complicated for many to understand.While it seems laudable that we achieve water sustainability by digging more wells so we use less water that is now obtained from the MWD (Metropolitan water district) and costs more. The city’s goals note this should be accomplished by 2023 with these proposed increases.In 2015 when the last drought was affecting all of California, the city proposed raising water rates with this same goal of being free of importing MWD water by 2020.We have not even decreased the amount we get in that period but rather increased it! In 2015/2016 the city purchased 24% of our water from MWD. In 2017/2018 the city purchased 35% of our water from MWD. No recent amounts are noted in the report the city used to determine the increases proposed.The proposed water rate increase is 20% in year 1, 18% in year 2 and 14% per year after that. Editor’s Note: The combined increase over five years is 109 percent.The proposed wastewater water rates increase 10% for the first 4 years then 3% for the last year for a cumulative increase of 48%.However that is not all that will increase. Two new fixed rate charges will be added.A fixed water rate charge and a fixed wastewater service charge.These charges will also go up with the proposed % raise of each service.Then these increased charges will be totaled and subjected to a 10% UUT or utility user tax.Tier levels will be lowered for amounts of water consumed to encourage use of only 55 gallons per person per day.Presently my husband and I achieve this goal. We have diligently conserved water since the drought in late 80’s. However when I compared a current bill and did the math my bill will go up over $30 or over a 100% on these two services in the first year. It will be up or $70 or 226% in 5 years.Protests can be made by a property owner or customer on record. Condo owners in a master metered building should use their address and APN number.There are two forms, one for each service. These forms must be mailed to the city’s clerk office by Tuesday Jan 28 or delivered in person that day by the time the public hearing occurs that night at city council.It must include service address or addresses of the property. An APN or assessors parcel number can also be used. The name of owner or customer must be printed and a signature and date as well.These forms are available online:https://www.santamonica.gov/Media/Default/Public%20Works/Santa%20Monica%20Protest%20Form%20Water-1.pdfhttps://www.santamonica.gov/Media/Default/Public%20Works/Santa%20Monica%20Protest%20Form%20Wastewater.pdfIf the city truly wishes to be sustainable they must stop accepting new development proposals. It seems to me with the massive developments now being built and the future proposals of over 9000 housing units in the next 8 years we will still be importing water from MWD and paying a lot more our bills.Linda LancasterSanta MonicaTags :Letter to the Editor Columnsmdpwater ratesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPublic Defender Leads $1.2 Million Mental Health Diversion GrantKobe Bryant, daughter killed in copter crash, 7 others deadYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

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Devotion gets a physical release in Taiwan

first_imgDevotion gets a physical release in TaiwanRed Candle Games’ horror title returns in limited capacity after developer pulled it from Steam last yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 8th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareRed Candle Games’ horror title Devotion is getting a limited physical release in Taiwan, over a year after the game was pulled from digital stores.In a Facebook post, Red Candle shares the contents of the physical edition, saying that the team understands the limited release will not satisfy everyone and will continue to explore other possibilities for releasing the game in the future.The physical release is open for pre-orders from today through June 15, and the website cautions that the team cannot fill orders from outside of Taiwan.Devotion released digitally in February 2019, but was pulled from Steam by the developer shortly after when users discovered a poster in-game mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Red Candle apologized for the poster, saying that it was created by one developer and that the majority of the team had no knowledge of it, and that the game’s removal from storefronts was for the purposes of “another complete QA check.”However, the game’s publisher Indievent had its business license revoked by the Chinese government in July of that year specifically because of the incident.And shortly after, Red Candle issued a statement saying that it would not be re-releasing Devotion “in the near-term.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Price Chopper matching donations for Red Cross disaster relief in September

first_imgPrice Chopper Supermarkets,Vermont Business Magazine This September, Price Chopper/Market 32 is once again joining forces with the American Red Cross to raise funds that will support families impacted by disasters. From September 1 – 30, Price Chopper/Market 32 customers can donate $1 or $5 at checkout each time they shop to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Price Chopper/Market 32 will match all donations made during the month, up to $5,000.Last year, in the wake of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season, Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates and customers raised more than $150,000 to support Red Cross Hurricane Relief. The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year, nationwide, and Price Chopper/Market 32 is committed to helping people affected by disasters big and small.“Given that the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, we know how important it is for them to have emergency response funds at the ready. We are proud that the collective generosity of Price Chopper/Market 32’s customers and teammates, in addition to our corporate match, supports neighbors near and far whose lives have been altered by disaster,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32’s vice president of public relations and consumer services.“Here in our region, Red Cross volunteers provide relief to families impacted by home fires and other emergencies every day. That relief is available immediately thanks to generous donors in our community who ensure that we are ready to respond each time disaster strikes,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “The support we receive in September from Price Chopper/Market 32 and their customers helps to ensure that we can provide relief to disaster victims down the street and across the country all year long. We’re very grateful for this partnership.”For more information about Red Cross Disaster Relief, please visit www.redcross.org/disaster-relief(link is external).About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org(link is external) or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross(link is external).​CONCORD, NH / BURLINGTON, VT. REGION – Wednesday, August 30, 2018 – Price Chopper,Yeslast_img read more

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Timeline Set for CINGSA Debate

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has set a timeline to decide the fate of 14.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas found underground in Kenai. The parties have until May 26th to exchange information on CINGSA’s request to keep the profits from the gas. The state will file a response June 5th, at which time CINGSA and members of the public will again have another chance to comment. A pre-hearing conference is scheduled for August 14th, 2015. Hobson: “Much like if a building owner that found a bag of gold in the basement, the profit from selling that would stay with the owner of that building.” But the State argues the $30 million asset should benefit ratepayers. Steven DeVries with the Attorney General’s Office referenced previous cases where the RCA decided that unexpected benefits from utility sales should go to ratepayers… CINGSA’s Lindsay Hobson says the reservoir and its contents belong to the stakeholders who purchased the asset from Marathon Oil in 2011…. DeVries: “There’s significant sums that are involved and if the evidence shows that it’s appropriate that ratepayers share in that gain, then they should not be shut out from that gain by the Commission acting without any opportunity to consider alternatives that would be supported by the facts that we pointed out in our filing.” Since the reservoir was thought to be empty at the time of sale, the ownership of the gas wasn’t clearly defined.last_img read more

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