As I showed in Detroit----here is VEOLA in Pittsburg----as it is in Baltimore. Look at these Water Authorities and see the same as in Maryland where the Maryland Public Services Commission and Energy Authorities are all appointed by governors that now overwhelmingly are Clinton neo-liberal ----working for Wall Street. The citizens of Maryland shout----stop raising rates and making us pay the costs of BGE operations and the Maryland Public Service Commission keeps finding reasons to keep raising away---
THE IDEA THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ANY CONTROL OF THESE LOCAL AND STATE COMMISSIONS AND/OR QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IS RIDICULOUS. WHEN ELECTIONS ARE CAPTURED AND RIGGED----IT BECOMES EVEN LESS LIKELY. WE MUST ADDRESS THIS NOW WHILE ELECTIONS ARE SOMEWHAT WORKING.
Pittsburg is right there at the Great Lakes----as is Chicago and Detroit. This is how regional fresh water is captured and controlled by global corporations and investment firms. Ivy League universities are behind this infrastructure grab as their super-sized endowments are buying all in sight. Again, simply applying Rule of Law and Equal Protection brings all of that money back to government coffers. Who are voting for these privatized public authorities? The City Councils as we saw yesterday in Detroit and as we see in Baltimore. When Baltimore pretends it is going to bankruptcy----Baltimore City Council will be right there privatizing water and sewer to VEOLA and NOT DEMANING FRAUD BE RECOVERED because as with the Detroit City Hall----they were made the front line of these frauds. Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins writes the bills and then these low-level politicians are blamed for the frauds.
GLOBAL CORPORATION VEOLA SURROUNDING AMERICA'S LARGEST FRESH WATER SOURCE-----THE GREAT LAKES.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)
Chicago Firm to Run City Water Authority
By Sostek, Anya Read preview Article excerpt
After 20 months of interim leadership, the board of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority hired an outside firm Thursday to manage the agency.
Veolia Water North America, based in Chicago, will take over management duties of the 270-employee agency immediately on a 12- month contract, with an option for a six-month extension.
PWSA has not had an executive director since December 2010, when Michael Kenney resigned after questions about his relationship with a contractor providing a controversial warranty service.
"It's been a long process," said state Rep. Dan Deasy, D- Westwood, the authority chairman. "We look forward to them being partners with us."
Veolia will be paid $150,000 a month, said Jim Good, PWSA's new executive director, with additional incentives if the company discovers and implements new efficiencies. Cost savings from those efficiencies will be split 50-50 with the PWSA.
City Councilman Patrick Dowd, a board member, described Veolia as the "very clear frontrunner" among the four firms who responded to the agency's call for proposals. …
If VEOLA has Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburg----what's in the middle? Cincinnati. I knew when Rawlings-Blake's Finance Director Mr Black was sent to Cincinnati last year that Cincinnati was next for the BIG BANKRUPTCY FIX. Look, here comes VEOLA looking for all that Great Lake fresh water!
Remember, public pension funds are victim of Wall Street fraud and public malfeasance and would be flush with funding if our elected pols and state's attorneys recovered the pension frauds. Instead----pensions are now loaded into this coming bond market fraud just to wipe them out.
IF WE GET RID OF ALL OF THESE CITY COUNCIL AND STATE ASSEMBLY POLS THAT ARE MOVING LAWS WRITTEN BY WALL STREET AND IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES----WE CAN REVERSE THIS PERESTOIKA OF ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S WEALTH AND ASSETS.
Detroit's former mayor is in Baltimore City no doubt sharing how to bring a city to bankruptcy while Mr Black of Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore's Administration travels to Cincinnati-----LOOKS JUST LIKE THE WALL STREET/FEDERAL FINANCE AGENCIES REVOLVING DOOR OF CRIMINAL CARTEL======
These men and women being moved into these Democratic political committee farm teams around the nation are simply people wanting jobs----they want to work and gain wealth in cities that were deliberately left stagnant and crumbling by Wall Street and institutions like Johns Hopkins planning for the BIG GRAB OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER. If you are someone that is prejudice of race or class and think all of this is simply about taking from blacks and Hispanics our getting rid of pensions----
IT IS ABOUT PRIVATIZING AND CONTROLLING ALL AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS AND HANDING CONTROL TO GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE WHICH WILL KILL EVERYONE-----SO, WAKE UP! INJUSTICE FOR ONE DOES BECOME INJUSTICE FOR ALL!
These Baltimore City Hall and Maryland Assembly are not going to magically go from being a Wall Street team player to saving your communities and rights as citizens. Be the candidate in all Democratic primary elections and take back the people's Democratic Party from Clinton neo-liberals!
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Will Cincinnati go bankrupt next?
By Ashe Schow • 9/17/13 12:00 AM
Cincinnati has similar financial problems to those that caused Detroit to fall and might soon join the Motor City in bankruptcy, according to Katie Gage, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute.
Like Detroit, Cincinnati is suffering from underfunded municipal employee pensions – which actuaries estimate may be underfunded by as much as 40 percent.
In dollar terms, the city has $6 for every $10 it owes in pensions. That ratio will become $4 for every $10 by 2042 if Cincinnati continues on its current path, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.
If that happens, the city will be in as bad shape as the state of Illinois, which currently has the worst pension-funding ratio in America.
Cincinnati currently has $862 million in unfunded liabilities. In early September, the Cincinnati Retirement System board began considering leaving the pension business and moving city employees into the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. That would shift the unfunded liability burden from city taxpayers to state taxpayers.
But there is a hitch: Moving city employees into OPERS would require Cincinnati to improve the current pension system, which is the problem to begin with. City officials floated the idea of OPERS in the hopes of getting more taxpayer funds injected into the current pension system.
Cincinnati officials are more open to solving their city's financial situation than was the case with Detroit, and has limited the growth of retirees' pensions. The city also froze firefighter salaries.
The main obstacles to true reform in Cincinnati are the public employee unions, according to Gage. “Big Labor has waged an aggressive campaign to stymie any serious fiscal reforms in various American cities, distorting the truth whenever necessary to suit their needs and bankrolling the campaign of politicians who will be most likely to tell them what they want to hear,” she said.
Public employee pensions typically are more generous than private sector pensions. The unions' usual solution to unfunded liabilities is for increased taxpayer funding – tax hikes.
The tax hikes drive businesses and families out of the city to the suburbs and other cities and states, making it even more difficult to fix the unfunded liability. It's a kind of municipal death spiral.
The situation in Cincinnati has become so bad that credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the city’s outlook to negative in July.
For those with prejudice against race and class thinking all of this is a great way to gentrify US cities -----OH, MY HOUSE VALUES WILL GROW IF WE GET RID OF POOR PEOPLE!----most of these people are poor because they were deliberately left without an ability to get a job. If you think unemployment is high and you are seeing your assets disappear pushing you into poverty----WAIT UNTIL THIS COMING BOND MARKET CRASH AND LONG AND DEEP RECESSION/DEPRESSION. Then think about how over those years of stagnation and depression the NEW WORLD ORDER is installed moving tons of immigrants from developing nations to work in the US as they do in those developing nations----$2 a day is the going rate----and where do you think you, your children, and your grandchildren will be? THEY WILL BE IN JUST THE SAME PLACE AS THESE FIRST LINE PEOPLE IN POVERTY.
Water and food is used all over the world to control the poor in developing nations and if Wall Street and Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons working for global corporate tribubals have a goal of taking the US to third world status----privatizing all that is public is what needs to happen. As you see below, American citizens are lining up to get water from CHARITY stations just as they do in Sudan or Cambodia. Detroit is bankrupt because of massive and systemic corporate fraud and government corruption just as in Baltimore et al of the cities. Not because poor people are lazy and useless!
Thousands go without water as Detroit cuts service for nonpayment Nicole Hill holds up her past-due water bill at her home in Detroit. Her water has been off for about six weeks.
(Paul Sancya / Associated Press) By Alana Semuels
Detroit's decision to cut water service to delinquent households raises human rights questions Nearly half of Detroit's water customers are delinquent, and the city is cracking down It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill's water.
Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor, while a bigger one sits outside in the yard, where she hopes it will collect some rain. She's developed an intricate recycling system of washing the dishes, cleaning the floor and flushing the toilet with the same water.
"It's frightening, because you think this is something that only happens somewhere like Africa," said Hill, a single mother who is studying homeland security at a local college. "But now I know what they're going through — when I get somewhere there's a water faucet, I drink until my stomach hurts."
Protesters rally against water shutoffs outside the Detroit water department in May. The group chanted, "Water is a human right." (Jessica J. Trevino / Associated Press) Hill is one of thousands of residents in Detroit who have had their water and sewer services turned off as part of a crackdown on customers who are behind on their bills. In April, the city set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531. The city says that cutting off water is the only way to get people to pay their bills as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy — the utility is currently owed $90 million from customers, and nearly half the city's 300,000 or so accounts are past due.
But cutting off water to people already living in poverty came under criticism last week from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose experts said that Detroit was violating international standards by cutting off access to water. "When there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections," Catarina de Albuquerque, the office's expert on the human right to water and sanitation, said in the communique.
"Are we the kind of people that resort to shutting water off when there are disabled people and seniors?" said Maureen Taylor, chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. "We live near the Great Lakes, we have the greatest source of fresh water on Earth, and we still can't get water here."
The issue of utility affordability is acute in Detroit, with its high proportion of low-income residents and an infrastructure whose costs were once borne by a much larger population. But municipal analysts say the problem is becoming more prevalent everywhere as extreme weather and its unusual range of high and low temperatures force utility bills ever upward.
Water is a life utility. You can do without lights and gas. But how are you going to do without water?" - Marcus McMiller, a Detroit utility customer In Iowa, for instance, there were nearly 10,000 electricity and gas disconnections in April, a state record, as the weather warmed and utilities could shut off power without breaking the law. (Many states have laws prohibiting the disconnection of gas or electricity during the cold winter or hot summer months.)
But the price of water and sewer services has far outpaced other utilities and the rate of inflation, according to Jan Beecher with the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. The reason is that much of the nation is in a construction and renovation cycle, with cities spending billions on renovations after long neglecting them.
Whereas federal programs have been developed to help people pay for the rising cost of fuel and electricity, no such program exists for water, Beecher said.
"We've never really developed a clear public policy toward universal service and water," Beecher said. "International organizations are concerned with a basic level of service, but with water, the tricky thing is that drinking water would fall into that, but watering the lawn would not be considered a basic human right."
"The real issue is the obligation of the utility to bill affordably so that people will be able to avoid disconnections of service," said Roger Colton, a consultant with Fisher Sheehan and Colton who specializes in the economics of utilities. "That's the issue that is quickly coming to the forefront."
The last time Detroit began shutting off water for unpaid bills a decade ago, Colton worked with the Michigan Poverty Law Program to develop a program that would help the water department collect money while still keeping water affordable. He found that whereas the federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends that families spend no more than 2.5% of their pretax income on water and sewer service, some Detroit residents were paying more than 20%.
Colton argues that cities won't get the money they want by simply shutting off services. Instead, he says, utilities should require residents to pay a percentage of their income to the water department for service.
"If you give someone a more affordable bill, you end up collecting more of the bills," he said.
Taking Colton's advice into account, Detroit's water department implemented a program that allowed residents to start making payments on their bills even if they were thousands of dollars behind. But that program was cut during the city's bankruptcy, said Lorray Brown, with the Michigan Poverty Law Program. The city, still in bankruptcy, is probably not in a position to pay for a similar program now, she said.
A line of angry customers waited on Thursday outside a customer service office for the water and sewer department. "Water is a life utility. You can do without lights and gas. But how are you going to do without water?" said Marcus McMiller, who was waiting in line with dozens of others.
McMiller said he thought he was current on his bill, but when he called the city, he was told that his house was listed as unoccupied. He was hoping to get his water service resumed by paying the $312 he was told he owed.
Nicole Hill said she was told she owed $5,754, which she finds impossible to believe. She moved into her apartment five years ago, and right away the water bills seemed strange — $200 a month or more. When she called the water department to have it check on her water, she didn't get anywhere, she said.
For the last two years, she has paid $2,800 to try to get caught up, but the utility wants her to pay $1,700 more before she can even get on a payment plan — an amount she doesn't have.
Now her car has broken down, and she has to depend on friends for rides to get water. Her three children are staying with friends because she fears that child protection authorities will take them away if they find they are living in a home without running water.
Her son said he was worried about her because he had never seen her cry before — until lately. "I literally feel like I'm going back to 'Little House on the Prairie' days," Hill said, standing in her kitchen, where a pan sat dirty on the stove.
She's called dozens of service groups looking for help, and has been approached about entering into a class-action lawsuit against the city for the water shutoffs. Hill said she doesn't care about a settlement from the city, or even an apology. All she wants, she said, is to be able to turn on her tap and take a long, cold drink.
This is what bait and switch looks like as Jerry Brown of California is a raging Clinton Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact and International Economic Zones in California as fast as O'Malley in Maryland. As this article shows----Brown signs a Water Bill of Rights that looks progressive while building state water infrastructure designed to make sure global corporations receive the fresh water first.
Whenever citizens are tied to subsidy to receive energy and now water you know the time is coming that these subsidies will not be doled out----or people will be made peasants giving up rights as citizens to get these vital resources. Brown is the face of Google and its vast Cloud technology base that uses vast amounts of water as does BIG AG----sending food overseas while emptying aquifers in the US. The idea that this kind of Clinton neo-liberal will even think of protecting people and Water Rights over corporations is ridiculous. As you see below----California has tied its water and sewer to the bond market just as the bond market is due to crash-----and VEOLA is moving in----
Again, VEOLA taking hold in what are underserved cities----
Veolia Water in Richmond, California
Veolia Water in Richmond Veolia manages the wastewater treatment facility and related operations, as well as the sewer collection system, for the City of Richmond. We've been here since 2002 and we plan to continue delivering the highest standards of quality and customers service we can for years to come.
Jerry Brown signs California Water Bill of Rights Red, Green, and Blue
Water wars have been raging in California for as long as anyone can remember, and so far it’s been big agriculture and big corporations who have been winning. But maybe the little guys may still stand a chance…
Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 983, The Access to Safe Drinking Water Act, on October 7 as part of the Human Right to Water bill package backed by a broad coalition of environmental justice advocates.
The Governor also signed three other bills in the package: AB 938 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), AB 1221 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and SB 244 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis).
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced The Access to Safe Drinking Water Act to provide disadvantaged communities with the opportunity to apply for state grants that fund the entire cost of desperately needed water infrastructure projects they otherwise couldn’t afford.
“When we talk about the need for clean water, we are not talking about far away third-world countries, we are talking about communities not far from where we all live,” Assemblymember Perea said. “Funding for these projects shouldn’t be a hurdle that prevents families from enjoying clean, safe drinking water.”
State grants already available to disadvantaged communities cover up to 80 percent of a project’s costs but those communities often can’t afford to fund the remaining 20 percent of the project without raising water rates. AB 983 gives them the chance to apply for a grant that would fund 100 percent of a water infrastructure project.
Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. noted that he signed this bill as part of a series of bills “to help ensure the availability of clean drinking water to all Californians.”
“Clean drinking water is a basic human right,” said Governor Brown. OH, REALLY??????? “The bills I have signed today will help ensure that every Californian has access to clean and safe sources of water. Protecting the water we drink is an absolutely crucial duty of state government.”
The bills that Brown signed include:
- AB 54 by Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) – Drinking water.
- AB 938 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Public water systems.
- AB 1194 by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Drinking water.
- AB 1221 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – State Water Quality Control Fund: State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account.
- AB 1292 by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park) – Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: revenue bonds.
- SB 244 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) – Local government: land use: general plan: disadvantaged unincorporated communities.
California’s failure to provide clean, safe drinking water to its residents captured the attention of the United Nations in a special report released in August as a package of “human right to water” bills proceeded through the State Capitol.
Reporting on her mission to the United States last winter, Catarina de Albuquerque, the U.N. Special Rapportuer on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, cited a host of alarming drinking water supply and sanitation conditions in California.
“Ensuring the rights to water and sanitation for all requires a paradigm shift towards new designs and approaches that promote human rights, that are affordable and that create more value in terms of public health improvements, community development, and global ecosystem protection,” de Albuquerque wrote.
Organizations supporting the Human Right to Water package include the Community Water Center, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and Food & Water Watch.
While Brown signed the series of drinking water bills, his administration continues to push for the construction of the enormously expensive and environmentally destructive peripheral canal through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The peripheral canal is designed to increase water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to agribusiness and southern California.
If built, the peripheral canal would lead to the extinction of Central Valley steelhead, Sacramento River chinook salmon, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, Sacramento splittail, green sturgeon and other imperiled Delta fish populations. The BDCP would also take vast tracts of Delta farmland, some of the most fertile land on the planet, out of production to irrigate drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.