Henry Stoy, Cucamonga Valley Water District board candidate

I am a water professional with 28 years in the business. I have the following experience to enable me to serve you well:
Senior Manager, L.A. Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility (18 years)
Director, Cucamonga Valley Water District (8 years)<WC>
Member, Water Resources Institute Advisory Board (4 years)
Trustee, Central School District (5 years)<WC>
Air Force lieutenant colonel (23 years)
Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) receives all of its revenue from charges for water and sewer services, with CVWD’s board of directors having approval authority for rate increases. So, CVWD is able to raise rates every year to support whatever level of spending it desires. In other words, it’s been business as usual at CVWD while other governmental entities have been forced to make cuts due to California’s budget crisis.
This year, CVWD approved a new rate structure which guarantees that ratepayers will be paying more for water through 2011. That wouldn’t be so bad if the additional money was used for water-related expenses. But CVWD has gotten into the habit of raising rates and then spending large sums on items which have nothing to do with providing water to its customers. Consider the examples detailed in the following paragraphs.
CVWD spent over $100,000 to change its name.
CVWD spent over $250,000 to remodel its board meeting room, which was only 5 years old at the time.
The Frontier Project, an environmentally friendly demonstration building is officially being built by the Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization, with CVWD as major contributor–and how! CVWD’s ratepayers may have to pay $13 million of the $14 million cost, depending on other contributions (only $1 million to date). That’s a high price to pay for a building CVWD has no practical use for, and which will mainly serve as a showcase for products and services of private companies (solar panels, recycled building materials, etc.). The few water saving features could easily have been incorporated into CVWD’s existing buildings and the surrounding areas.
CVWD should be mindful of the difficult times its ratepayers are enduring. Its customers are losing their jobs and homes and paying more for everything they buy. Ratepayer dollars should be used only to ensure a safe and reliable water supply, not for expensive frills and boondoggles!

2 thoughts on “Henry Stoy, Cucamonga Valley Water District board candidate

  1. Mr. Stoy has my vote because he is not a politician seeking higher office or the next deal like the district president and fire chief Curatalo.

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