City Council approves water rate hike to fund water self-sufficiency projects

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCity Council approves water rate hike to fund water self-sufficiency projects Jan. 31, 2020 at 6:00 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCity Council approves water rate hike to fund water self-sufficiency projectsMadeleine Pauker1 year agocity council.metropolitan water districtnomaSunny Wangted wintererwater self suffiencyThe projected composition of Santa Monica’s water supply in 2023. (City of Santa Monica) The Santa Monica City Council approved a water self-sufficiency plan Tuesday that will double the price of water and wastewater removal by 2024.The rate increases will finance about $42 million in infrastructure projects that will allow Santa Monica to stop importing water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California by 2023. Officials said relying on local groundwater and recycled water will shield residents from the impacts of climate change, such as higher rate hikes and water rationing, that Metropolitan Water District customers may bear throughout the next decade and beyond.The utility plans to build an $11 billion tunnel to continue importing water from Northern California, which local officials said will be reflected in customers’ bills. Its other main source of water, the Colorado River, is in its 20th year of drought and is projected to continue suffering from the effects of climate change.“Local Santa Monica water will be even more dependable and more affordable in the long run,” Mayor Kevin McKeown said in a statement. “Our long-term investment in local water sources and infrastructure will save Santa Monicans money when distant water imported through quake-vulnerable aqueducts and pumped over mountain ranges becomes ever more expensive.”The rate structure also reflects the rising construction costs associated with regular maintenance, said Sunny Wang, the city’s water resources manager.In five years, the typical homeowner will pay $60 more per month for water under the rate structure City Council approved, in which water rates will rise 20% Mar. 1, 18% next year and 14% annually for the following three years. Wastewater rates will increase 10% annually for the first four years and 3% in the fifth year.A drought rate structure will be established in case of a statewide emergency and residents who participate in the low-income assistance program will continue to receive subsidies to match the new water rate tier structure, officials said.Currently, single-family households pay an average of $55 per month for just water, while equivalent customers in Beverly Hills, Culver City and Los Angeles pay between $60 and $90.The typical Santa Monica homeowner will pay $115 by 2024 under the proposed rate structure, but Wang said neighboring cities will also have to raise rates to accommodate their own water self-sufficiency projects or the capital projects that the Metropolitan Water District is expected to undertake.The plan sparked opposition from many of the city’s neighborhood organizations, who said they were not adequately informed of the forthcoming rate hikes and expressed doubts that the funds would allow the city to stop importing water by 2023, given that the city previously raised rates in 2015 to try to meet its former goal of water self-sufficiency by 2020.“Most residents aren’t satisfied with this plan,” the board of the North of Montana Association wrote in a letter to the council. “We urge the City Council to reject the current proposed rate adjustments as too high, too precipitous. Instead, (the council) should adopt a water self‐sufficiency goal and rate structure that are both fair and reasonable and in which residents have confidence.”Officials said Proposition 218 notices were mailed to all ratepayers, who had until Tuesday night to formally protest the rates. 625 protests were submitted, but Proposition 218 requires a threshold of 11,767 protests to keep rates from going up.Councilmembers maintained that the plan will save ratepayers money in the long term as Metropolitan Water District water becomes more expensive.“While we may be asking ratepayers to take the hit now — and it’s unfortunate … nobody likes to raise rates — but in the long term, we won’t only ensure a reliable and resilient source of water,” said Councilmember Ted Winterer. “It (will) be cheaper when we wean ourselves off of that imported water, so it’s as much about fiscal stewardship as it is about sustainability.”[email protected] :city council.metropolitan water districtnomaSunny Wangted wintererwater self suffiencyshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBill requiring beverage makers to handle recycling diesLA fire revives push for sprinklers in older high-risesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 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 agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agolast_img read more

Housing, how should we look at it going forward?

first_imgDuring the last two years the country has experienced an upward shift in the housing market. How does this affect home owners today? For years, home owners have typically viewed real estate as one of their largest assets. However, we’ve learned during the last housing bubble, it can also be our largest liability.The housing downturn that started in 2007 got home owners to view real estate in a very different way, specifically, those who planned on using their equity to help support their retirement. When it comes to financial planning it’s important to consider all aspects of growth assets as well as liabilities. There must be a balance and the understanding that our assets can become a liability.Real estate investments are illiquid and because of this we must be more cautious when including it in our retirement plan. As a financial advisor, I typically do not consider the equity in a client’s real estate as a primary source for retirement or the possibility of selling the asset for short-term planning. As we’ve seen in the last few years those who needed the equity from their home for retirement had difficulty in getting to it due to low home values. This can put a significant strain on retirees when they fall short for their retirement goals.Real estate has certainly taken a turn and home owners are starting to feel better about their home values. Hopefully the market will continue to improve as this may give home owners more choices for life changing events such as selling for a new job opportunity, down sizing or upgrading their home, and moving for a better location, especially retirement.In short, our real estate will move upward and downward but experiences such as the recent housing bubble will change how we think about investing, selling, or buying. Remember, to look at all aspects of assets and liabilities and the possibility of change. Taking this approach will help investors to plan for a level of unexpected markets, allowing us (as investors) to be more prepared for market shifts.Michael Cochell is associate vice president for Jacob Gold & Associates Inc. Contact him at 480-998-4653 or [email protected]last_img read more

Amanda Belding promoted to Assistant Vice President, Director, Planning and Allocation with The TJX…

first_imgBoston area-based TJX Companies recently promoted Amanda Belding to the position of Assistant Vice President, Director Planning and Allocation. Amanda was previously a Regional Loss Prevention Manager prior to her most recent promotion. She has held several assets protection leadership roles over the course of her career, to also include roles as a Group Assets Protection Team Leader at Target, and as a District Loss Prevention Manager with The Gap. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Suffolk University Law School and an under graduate degree from Ohio University in Political Science.Congratulations Amanda! – Sponsor – Information Provided By Our Partners at Loss Prevention Recruiters Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Modern Vancouver a challenge for film crews trying to evoke the past

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “The disadvantage of Vancouver is it doesn’t preserve its history. It reinvents it,” says Marcynuk, who has just come off an 11-year stint on the made-in-B.C. TV series Supernatural.He rhymes off properties, some of which he says the public likely saw as “dumpy warehouses,” but have been reliable for producers looking to evoke the past for the cameras. Login/Register With: Facebook The made-in-Vancouver TV series Timeless is about travelling into history, but the show’s production designer says recreating the past can be hard to do in Canada’s third-largest city because of a relatively short supply of old buildings.John Marcynuk, a Toronto-trained architect who got into the production sector about 20 years ago, says the series, now in its first season, gets by but it’s a challenge. “There are certain locations in Vancouver that have sadly disappeared,” he said, referring, for example, to warehouses in North Vancouver.Their absence creates hurdles for a show where scripts have taken the series’ time-travelling heroes to such locations as 1930s New Jersey, Watergate-era Washington and 1960s Las Vegas Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore pays Courtesy Call on British Navy Captain

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel recently paid a courtesy call on Captain Stephen Morris aboard the British Royal Navy support vessel MOUNTS BAY. The British Officer and Commodore Bethel discussed matters of mutual interest during the brief visit.After completing Staff Course at Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1988 Stephen Captain Norris served as a Navigator prior to attending the Principal Warfare Officer (A) course in 1989.   Since then, he has been assigned to numerous fleet in several command positions and also in the Warfare Staff at Fleet HQ Portsmouth where he held positions as the Fleet Seamanship Officer.More recently, he was appointed command of RFA MOUNTS BAY in August 2017.  That vessel provided relief and humanitarian aid to the island of Dominica during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in November of last year.The visit concluded with an exchange of pleasantries by Commodore Bethel and Captain Morris.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePhoto caption:  RBDF Commodore Bethel and Captain Stephen Morris sharing pleasantries aboard the British Royal Navy support vessel MOUNTS BAY.last_img read more

Qt Design Studio 11 released with Qt Photoshop bridge updated timeline and

first_imgYesterday, the Qt team released Qt Design Studio 1.1, a UI design and development tool that enables designers and developers to prototype and develop complex UIs. Qt Design Studio makes collaboration between developers and designers easy and streamlined. Qt Design Studio 1.1 comes with the availability of Linux packages. What’s new in Qt Design Studio 1.1? Qt Design Studio 1.1 is available for Linux The developers who are using Linux can now use Qt Design Studio 1.1 directly on their development system. Qt Photoshop Bridge The team at Qt updated the Qt Photoshop Bridge (which allows sanitizing documents) for Qt Design Studio 1.1. But the PSD (Photoshop Document) files containing annotations from the Qt Photoshop Bridge 1.0, require to be sanitized. Annotations are added for exporting from a PSD file using the Qt Photoshop Bridge. Qt Photoshop Bridge and merging when importing It is now possible to merge the existing QML files with the newly re-imported QML while re-importing from Photoshop to an existing Qt Design Studio project. It is highly used when the user made changes to the exported .ui.qml files using Design Studio. The merging option can be enabled by using a checkbox in the import dialog. Update projects to Qt Design Studio 1.1 Users can update their projects to Qt Design Studio 1.1 by copying the controls from a newly created Qt Design Studio 1.1 project into the existing project from Qt Design Studio 1.0. The folder that needs to be replaced is “imports/QtQuick”. Replacing this folder will update the Qt Design Studio specific components that are used in the project. Major Changes Timeline The local record button has been fixed. The timeline has now been prevented from claiming too much space. Custom colors have been added to the timeline bar items. The issue with the status bar update has been fixed. Property Editor The issue with invalid access to network paths has been addressed. Item Library This release comes with an added support for enums in .metainfo files. The issue with Image.PreserveAspectFit has been fixed. Form Editor The issue with the visibility of the selection rectangle has been fixed. Components This release comes with an added support for negative length of zoom blur and for dash pattern. This release also features added cap style to components. Platform Specific This release features added support for the dark theme on macOS Mojave and Linux package for Linux. Major bug fixes The error messages have been fixed. The clamping keyframe positions to the animation range have been fixed. It is now possible to reset the status bar when changing the QML file. To know more about this news, check out Qt’s blog post. Read Next Qt for Python 5.12 released with PySide2, Qt GUI and more Qt team releases Qt Creator 4.8.0 and Qt 5.12 LTS Qt Design Studio 1.0 released with Qt photoshop bridge, timeline based animations and Qt live previewlast_img read more