Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Prada counters

Several ratepayers have asked about unabashed EID promoter Paul Raveling’s brazen claims that EID has low water rates. Confused that their individual EID water bills don’t mesh with Raveling’s claims, ratepayers want to know the truth.

Purportedly backing Raveling’s claims is his self-manufactured analysis of 2011 water rate comparisons throughout California. But here’s the “rub:”

1) At the 1500 cubic foot usage water consumption rate chosen by Raveling, EID has implemented and approved rate hikes of 42.4 percent in 2012 (remember the “50/50” rate change reversion back to pre-2009 rate structuring?), 11 percent in 2013, and 11 percent coming in 2014 … a water rate hike surge of 75 percent just in this three year period alone. Raveling’s numbers for 2011 disingenuously and deviously ignore this rapid $206 annual climb in EID rates. (Even more confounding is that Raveling ignored using his own self-generated “Rate Calculators” found on the EID Website.)
2) EID receives property tax subsidies that most water agencies, including neighboring Folsom, do not. So EID’s “all-in, property tax inclusive bills” average $153 more annually than in Raveling’s willfully misleading portrayal of EID cost efficiencies.
3) Through accounting gimmicks, EID’s rates exclude $9 million annually of deferred debt repayment and unfunded pension costs. This effectively adds another $139 annually of rates if these deferred and unfunded costs were properly included in current rate requirements.

Altogether, Raveling has willfully and/or ineptly misrepresented and understated EID’s water comparative cost efficiencies by $498 per ratepayer annually … some $41.50 monthly higher than the scant $1.52 monthly comparative difference Raveling portrayed in his published letter.

With such distorted data portrayal, it is no wonder that EID’s current board-majority love to hear Raveling pontificate during public comment at EID board meetings. They further cry out “hear-hear” when Raveling submits his latest fantasy distortions to the Village Life and Mountain Democrat.

But EID bills don’t lie. Irrespective of Raveling’s unwillingness to let truth stand in his way, EID ratepayers know transformational change is needed on EID’s board when they go to the polls this coming November.

GREG PRADA
Cameron Park

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Discussion | 8 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Prada prattles LIE #1 - Raveling’s claims is his self-manufactured analysis of 2011 water rate comparisons throughout California. LINK - The 2011 California-Nevada Water Rate Survey Prada's screed begins with a lie. Why read any further?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 8:17 pm

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    LINK - 10:24 am · July 17, 2013 · By Letters to the Editor PAUL RAVELING 5:00 pm · July 17, 2013 · By Letters to the Editor · Prada Counters a yet-to-be-published letter by Paul. Greg, I'm flattered. You had to have been reading on line. You let my statements stand. QED

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  • Dink LaneJuly 19, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Phil -- Thanks for the link.... A paid Consultant's report.... Why don't you look at the SWRCB's (State Water Resources Control Board) and the BR's (Bureau of Reclamation) Scheduled Water payment guideline for M&I (Municipal and Industrial) users REPORT? (M&I are the Water Agencies that are suppose to PAY for the Delta-Tunnels that will cost taxpayers $45 Billion--That the consultant used for comparison). ...... Up and down the state, homeowners are upset about water rates jumping in the last year. Some households are paying $100-$300 cubic-feet per second--baseline......... And here is another one for you Phil..... The San Joaquin farmers .... who CA & BR built the San Luis Unit that ONLY WESTLANDS use it to store their water .... PAY just $24.23 per Acre-foot IF they get full water....LESS if they don't.......One Acre-foot is enough water for a family of 4 for one whole year..... Phil.... You, me, and Greg are paying for the Cotton farmers new water tunnels, the canal going to LA and all those dams.... the Corporation -- Industrialized -- Agribusiness -- So-called "Farmers" (Every one is a "Tea-Party" "Libertarian" Republicans) are GIVEN our Tax $$$$ to take the water...Yes, they receive Checks (The House Farm Bills will keep this going.)....... And the M&I users... You and me.... will have our water rates go UP again....

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  • JimBoJuly 19, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Prada Counters. I thought you were talking about the fancy counter tops in the $18 million EID head quarters!

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    . . . or the deep padding for the Deister keister . . .

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    MD article circa January 2010 - LINK - history - a look back - How EID got to where it is now

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Thank you, Kirk for pointing out my link error - fixed - LINK - history - a look back - How EID got to where it is now

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