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Korenthal for CLWA

Posted: October 29, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

I encourage you to vote for Kevin Korenthal for Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors.

There has been more visibility than usual for this position in the current election due to the ill-advised Frank Ferry letter to Kevin’s employer regarding his candidacy.

That aside, there are other pressing issues regarding water in this valley — issues to which I believe Kevin will bring a fresh perspective for the citizens of Santa Clarita.

Water quality and reasonable rates are vital to all of us. I urge you to familiarize yourself with Kevin’s position on these issues.

Historically, the Santa Clarita Valley has had reasonable rates, but that has changed dramatically over the last decade.

In 2000, a typical water user paid about $30 per month. By 2010, it was up about 85 percent to $55 a month.

Additionally, rate increases have already been approved that will further raise your rates in 2011 and 2012.

By 2012, that same water bill will be nearly $70, which is 2.2 times what it was in 2000. These increases have far outpaced the inflation rate.

Unfortunately, the CLWA board has been relatively quiet on the subject; even Kevin’s opponent, who opposes subsidies for future development from current customers, could hardly defend these changes as being necessary to cover normal increases.

Without strong leadership, things will get worse.

With the issue of the chloride content of our valley’s wastewater, the Regional Water Quality Control Board is threatening significant fines for our discharge into the Santa Clara River.

If the CLWA doesn’t take a stronger leadership role, we may end up cleaning up the discharge rather than improving the quality of the water supply to the SCV.

It’s time for an improvement. Vote for Kevin Korenthal. He’s passionate, hardworking, honest and fiscally conservative.

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