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scsd regular meeting of the board of directors january 15, 2008 6:30pm

There are 25 comments on the story from Jan 11, 2008, titled scsd regular meeting of the board of directors january 15, 2008 6:30pm . In it, reports that:


2098 Frontage Road, Salton City, California 92275

(760) 394- 4446 Tel (760) 394- 4242 Fax


Closed session: 6:30 p.m. Open session: 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER 7:00 p.m.



4. OPEN SESSION: 7:00 P.M.






a. Approval of the minutes of the special meetings of December 6, 2007

b. Approval of the minutes of the special meetings of December 21, 2007

c. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of December 18, 2007

d. Approval of Best, Best & Krieger’s invoice in the amount of $ through December, 2007

e. Current Demands for the month of December 2007

f. Approval of the minutes for the safety meeting of January 2008

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AKA SCSD Director Barrett

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#21 Jan 20, 2008
What you said about CVWD raising the "standby fee" is a very interesting subject.

I do remember a couple of years ago CVWD had public hearings when they raised one of the fees they charge to us in the District, although I can't remember if it was for a standby fee or meter charge or whatever.

I do remember though that the mailed notice didn't include a ballot for the property owners to vote on it. This leads me to believe that either it wasn't for a standby fee or they didn't do things properly either.

Under Proposition 218 (Section 6, Article 13D of the State Constitution) standby fees are considered "assessments" and are subject to a yes/no ballot of the affected property owners.

This is different from the procedure for increasing user rates such as the SCSD's Sewer User Fee. A user fee is subject only to a simple “majority protest” which only counts the NO votes received against ALL of the ballots sent out (Section 4, Article 13D of the State Constitution). It is also subject to the sections of the law that GAVE the SCSD power to charge the fee in the first place.

In the case of the Sewer User Fee, the Community Services District Law and the Health and Safety Code (6520.5) requires a 2/3rd vote of the Board to raise sewer fees. That threshold was not met back in June of 2006 when the rates were increased from $180 to $240. Nevertheless the District had the County collect the not legally imposed increase on your property tax bills. This is the subject of a Grand Jury complaint filed by me. You can read it at

As for your comment on the new people paying for the running of the line to their property line; every parcel in the District already paid for the line to be run to their property. They paid it almost 50 years ago via a contract with the SCSD. All those collected monies were deposited into a fund that is known as the Sewer Construction Fund. The District is contractually obligated to run a line to every property in the District, there are about 2000 lots left to install.

Unfortunately past Boards did not prudently and methodically install the required lines. Instead they kept skimming interest off of the fund to put into the general fund. Meanwhile through inflation, the cost of installing those lines increased. So what we had was a Sewer Construction Fund that was shrinking while construction costs were increasing. A snowball if I may.

How the SCSD pays for sewering out the remaining 2000 lots is another issue that the Board must tackle…legally. But if the Board continues to dodge the facts about what it can and cannot do legally to raise revenue then any attempt to “fix” the problem would be futile.
SCSD Meeting Attendee


#22 Jan 21, 2008
I have sent in a News Tip about the Resolution, if it gets posted, the community can read what was passed on Director Barrett.
AKA SCSD Director Barrett

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#23 Jan 21, 2008
Hey "SCSD Meeting Attendee"(AKA Imari Love);

Is that the version that was on the posted agenda and in the Directors Packet or is it the version that was pulled out of somebodies sleeve AT the meeting?

Or better yet is it a delusional version conjured up in the mind of our resident Wacko?

“I'm a Multifacted Personality ”

Since: Nov 07

West Shores of the Salton Sea

#24 Jan 21, 2008
Director Barrett your abuses have been reported.

“I'm a Multifacted Personality ”

Since: Nov 07

West Shores of the Salton Sea

#25 Jan 21, 2008
Director Barrett if your posting as a "citizen" then James Barrett would be fine, but you have a user name that has SCSD Director Barrett in it that's inappropriate, an abuse of your title. The censure resolution states all of this, but you continue to abuse and attack while using your Directors title.
Again your abuses have been reported, if anyone else on this forum has a problem with Director Barrett's posts please click the _report abuse_ link in the upper right hand corner of the posts.
I'd also suggest that others that use this forum ignore any postings made by Director Barrett that are attacks, if we don't goad him, maybe he will just go away.
Thank you.

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