New Multifaceted Public Works Directo...

New Multifaceted Public Works Director Appointed in Encinitas

There are 7 comments on the Patch.com story from Jan 15, 2013, titled New Multifaceted Public Works Director Appointed in Encinitas. In it, Patch.com reports that:

Glenn Pruim was recently appointed to a multifaceted management position as the City of Encinitas' Director of Public Works and Engineering Services, and as General Manager of the City's subsidiary, San Dieguito Water District .

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james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Jan 17, 2013
Does "multifaceted" imply that this new manager will be able to recognize the benefits of diverting rainwater from streets to storage instead of to the ocean?

Could it be that the Council found someone who actually is qualified tio manage rainwater wisely using federally recommended planning and design that cuts the cost of new homes while saving more water than their inhabitants will use?

We shall see if this public works director is smart and principled enough to comply with State Water Code instructions "to guide all or any stormwaters into soils of the District" and "to provide for the conservation of flood, storm, waste, and other surface waters for beneficial and useful purposes by spreading, storing, retaining, or causing those waters, or any part thereof, to percolate into the soil within or without the district, or the saving and conservation in any manner of any or all of those waters." These are quite explicit instructions.

It would be amazing indeed to see Encinitas kick the imported water habit.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Mar 23, 2013
Will concerned residents of Encinitas network enough to discover the costs and benefits of saving their rainwater with commonsense LID planning and diversion of stormwater drains to their many canyons that could have low, cheap dirt dams built in just a few days?

Will they be committed enough to illustrate this planning option to officials by pointing to the Hemet Golf Club project 5 miles west of Hemet on hwys 74/79, that saves all of its stormwater?

Would they be able to persuade their new Council members to take a good look at this planning that would eliminate water importation and flooding while meeting federal stormwater quality requirements to save hundreds of millions in construction work being planned?

Its cool to be laid back, just "let someone else do it", but the much higher taxes that will be demanded to pay for these facilities' will become a major factor in how many folks are forced to sell and move out of state.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Mar 24, 2013
Carlsbad residents "happy" with escalating taxes and utility costs would be less happy if their public servants had revealed how the trend could be reversed by managing their abundant rainwater properly. Not likely their officials will inform them fully and fairly though, despite the fact that State statutes require this, because wise voters would then demand a reduction of public works and water agency budgets.

Apparently very few citizens are concerned enough to discover on their own that flooding, stream/ocean pollution and water shortages could be corrected at much less cost than ongoing planning. With only a few citizens speaking out politicians continue to pile more debt onto people who merely grumble to family and friends about higher costs.

Most folks don't know their water carries a heavy load of complex chemical compounds of varying toxicity that penetrate their skin so they drink and bathe-swim in it while they wonder why autism, asthma, cardiac and cancer problems have reached epidemic levels. But ignorance of State law is no excuse when our family's health-safety-welfare are at stake. Too few of us know that our public servants routinely violate their oath of office and professional ethics by keeping these truths from us and ignoring specific instructions of the California Water Code to "guide all stormwaters into soils" for storage that prevents loss or contamination of this precious asset.

Why do our County and City Attorneys ignore this blatant violation of State statutes? We prefer to believe they think it is better to accept redefinitions of the State Water Code that corrupted Legislators slipped through, to avoid spending tax dollars battling our public servants. We'd rather not suspect they've been persuaded by profiteer wordsmiths to compromise on law enforcement to avoid political attack by privately owned news services.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 Apr 10, 2013
Construction crews have installed new storm drains along two streets in Carlsbad Village "to help improve drainage". These will not guide this water to storage si that residents won't have to pay more than $1,000 yearly in taxes, fees and utility bills for water. No, the new subsurface pipes are designed to catch storm water runoff from roofs, yards and streets and send it to the city's main system "more efficiently" to eliminate flooding.
For just half a million dollars residents of this fine city will no longer be terrorized by raging floodwaters on some Carlsbad Village streets, with more such projects planned.

New civil engineer Howard pointed out that "the tiny drains clogged when it rained, preventing trash from flowing to the beaches." Now, by golly, that debris will be flushed by polluted runoff directly to the shoreline to decorate the sand with that trash and enrich the surf for tourists and surfers .

The alternative of diverting this water to storage is obviously not in the rainwater management playbook of experts hired by this Council. And it'is obvious the people elected to manage the City's land and water affairs don't subscribe to the notion that rainwater saved won't cause flooding and have to be replaced by pumping sewage-contaminated water a mile high to bring it 400 miles from the Sacramento River.

Water shortages are common in this area only because politicians and public servants cooperate to dump stormwater to the ocean in defiance of the Calfiornia Water Code. Each new council member is "educated" by entrenched public works department experts to reject what common sense tells them about the policies and practices of previous Councils that adopted a disposal mode of rainwater management in defiance of the California Water Code and common sense. So there's not much likelihood that the experts who advise today's Council will jeopardize their job security by testifying fully and fairly about the costs and benefits of guiding stormwater to storage instead of dumping it into the ocean.

Just because this works for L A is no reason it would work here.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#5 Sep 13, 2013
It's unfortunate that so few Encinitas folks are concerned enough about their quality of life to contribute to this forum.

Wiser citizens would see this as an opportunity to recognize the errors and omissions of news services that keep voters from choosing capable polticians.

Incomplete and inaccurate information fed to the public camouflages obvious mismanagement and confuses sensible people so that they don't vote wisely.

Everyone suffers as a result because better politicians would be making good decisions that save everyone a lot of the money they now pay for taxes, electricity and water supply.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#6 Jan 25, 2014
It seems peculiar that Encinitas officials are still locked into
constructing drainage systems when Oceanside and Orange
County have gone to building rainwater retention in compliance
with State law and common sense.

Is this the result of electing prominent nitwits who can be
fooled, coerced or bribed instead of non-business citizens
who do not intend to profit from their service as a politician?

Land developers commonly maximize their windfall profits
by leaving the public with huge bond debt for infrastructure.
To do this they have become highly skilled at fooling
voters through the news media so that a majority of gullible
or corruptible politicians are chosen. These can be led astray
by professional liars posing as lawyers-planners-engineers
who are richly rewarded by the land speculation profiteers.

If a majority of voters become concerned enough to do their
homework they will see the huge benefits that await them if
they choose a majority of 'sensible, honest persons who will
hire and wisely instruct city and water district managers for
a change, so that land developers no longer deny residents
the ample, pure, cheap water they should have in this county
that receives 22 times as much rainfall as its households use.

jamesmarple66 at yahoo.com
james marple

San Diego, CA

#7 Jul 14, 2014
Looks like members and browsers of this forum are pretty much
content to be paying extortion to common criminals posing as agency
managers and land developers. Its easier to go along with the game
than demand complete and accurate information for a change.

The $6,000-plus per home that is being stolen through government
by land-water-energy profiteers may be no big deal to these folks.
Although smart ones realize that high-end homes pay much more
than this.

It appears that those who post and read here are not much concerned
about their quality of life and the heealth-safety-welfare of their families
and friends. So they just avoid thinking much about improving the way
their public affairs are managed.
But perhaps they are just too timid to risk negative replies.

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