Pacificans should be interested to learn that the City of Pacifica appears to incorrectly calculate its annual sewer charge. I will briefly summarize the main points as I understand them.
The city calculates the annual sewer charge based on each residence’s water use. Up front, it's important to know that all Pacificans have the same six bimonthly water billing periods for any sewer charge (February-March, April-May, June-July, August-September, October-November, December-January), irrespective of when meters are read for any bill period.
At issue is whether the "two consecutive highest rainfall months" methodology used by the city is a correct restatement of the "bi-monthly water billing period of highest rainfall" as found in the Municipal Code.
According to the Municipal Code, the city must compare each residence’s total water consumption for the year to six times its water consumption in the "bi-monthly water billing period of highest rainfall". Then the lower of the two values is multiplied by the predetermined sewer rate to arrive at the sewer charge.
The main idea behind this rationale is that during the water billing period of highest rainfall, irrigation should be lower, and so water consumed should more nearly match actual sewage produced. Residents with low water consumption (and lower actual sewage produced) pay the minimum amount, or about $580 for the most recent sewer charge year.
For the most recent sewer charge shown in the figure below (Sewer Charge Methodology Errors), the city did not select the "bi-monthly water billing period of highest rainfall". Instead, it used the "two consecutive highest rainfall months" of November 13 and December 13, which totaled 1.26 inches of rain; since these two consecutive months bridge two different water billing periods (October-November & December-January), the city selected one of the two (December-January) for multiplication by 6.
But neither October-November (0.91 inches) nor December-January (0.36 inches) represent the "water billing period of highest rainfall". According to the Municipal Code, since the "water billing period of highest rainfall" was February-March (1.16 inches), each residence’s water use in February-March should have been chosen in the calculation.
The city has not selected the correct water billing period in three of the past five years, as shown in the Five Year History at the bottom of the figure below. Rainfall totals for the city’s chosen bill periods are ranked and compared to the correct bill periods; note the years for which the city has selected the bill periods of third-highest or fourth-highest rainfall.
For the two years in which the city correctly calculated the sewer charge, note that the "two consecutive highest rainfall months" coincided with the "water billing period of highest rainfall". Pacificans whose water use was lower in the "water billing period of highest rainfall" than in either the city's chosen bill period or the annual consumption were overcharged.
Dear Riptide Editor: Did you happen to notice the unusually ugly "Fall Colors" photo at the top of the November 19 Pacifica Tribune editorial page? For one thing, it was printed in black and white, so there were no fall colors, unless you consider ash gray a color. For another, perhaps because of the lack of actual color, you could not tell what the picture showed. Was it a tree or was it some dog's dinner?
You can now use your Clipper card to ride the new elevated train between Coliseum BART and Oakland International Airport. Instead of exiting Coliseum BART station at the regular fare gates, take the escalator, stairs, or elevator to get to Platform 3. Tag your Clipper card at the fare gate and proceed to the "BART to OAK" boarding area. Returning from the airport, simply tag your card at a fare gate to exit Platform 3 at the Coliseum BART station. Catch a train to your final destination. Trains run every five minutes. Make sure you have either cash value or a High Value Discount (HVD) ticket on your card. Clipper will deduct your fare from your card’s balance whenever you enter or exit the "BART to OAK" boarding area. Visit bart.gov/airport for more information.
PERFECT POUR 188 Clarendon Road at Francisco, Sharp Park, Pacifica, phone 650-355-POUR (7687). At the website is a full menu. Hours of operation 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We have been open for a year and four months. I am the owner (Haley McKee, 23-year-old Pacifican, San Francisco State University student). We specialize in coffee, as well as breakfast, lunch, pastries, smoothies, and more.
I am very worried about what is happening with the conditions of approval (COA) for the Harmony @ 1 project now bulldozing the hillsides above Fassler and Roberts roads. We need to pressure the Planning Commission to stick to the COA that were the reason for fast approval of this project. It was designed and sold to planners as a flagship environmental development. It is now just turning into a money machine.
Isn't it about time for this site to have locally produced cartoons? We already have seriously good writers and photographers contributing to Riptide, but never our own cartoonists. So come on, people, put on your thinking caps, get out your old Rapidograph pens, and start drawing for Riptide. Click the "Email Me" link on our right sidebar when you are ready to be published. You won't make a dime here, but you will be famous in your own lifetime.
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Today we learn that Monsanto has enjoined Starbucks to sue the little State of Vermont to force non-labeling of food products with GMO information. Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small State of Vermont to stop you from finding out.
Neil Young pointed this out on his website, where he sings an awesome song about why food labeling and environmental stewardship are not just something to do; they are for our children's children's children.
Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association," Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically modified ingredients be labeled.
Monsanto money forced the defeat of California and Oregon initiatives to label food with ingredients including GMOs. Not remove food. Just LABEL IT.
Listen to Neil's song: www.neilyoung.com/
Learn why Neil is boycotting Starbucks: http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true
Read the news story: http://blog.sfgate.com/dailydish/2014/11/17/neil-young-boycotts-starbucks/
Sign the petition: http://action.sumofus.org/a/starbucks-gmo-gma/