It wasÃ‚Â reported in the Orange County Register this Wednesday morning that the Garden Grove City Council approved a revised increase in water rates.Ã‚Â The reason for this increase is to fund badly needed improvements and repairs to the City water services system.Ã‚Â It should be noted that the failure to address these issues was due to the failure of Republicans like Van Tran, Janet Nguyen, Ken Maddox, and Mark Leyes to address the needs of the system infrastructure, years ago.
In typical form, it didn’t take the OCBlog long to assail Democrats Mark Rosen and Bruce Broadwater, along with Republicans Steve Jones and Bill Dalton for taking the painful, but necessary action to meet the needs of the city.Ã‚Â The anonymous blogger (LittleSaigonWatch)Ã‚Â who posted the story praised Dina Nguyen for being the only member to vote no. From OCBlog:
Garden Grove Raised Water Rate
Last night the Garden Grove City Council on a 4-1 decision voted to raise the water rate by 91% over the next 6 years: 40% in the first year; 20% in the second year; 10% in the third year; 9% in the fourth year; 7% in the fifth year; and 5% in the sixth year. The new increase will take effect immediately. Dina Nguyen was the only person who voted ‘No’ against the proposed increase.
It comes as no surprise to me that Mark Rosen and Bruce Broadwater would be in favor of such a huge water rate increase, but I didn’t expect our two Republican members – Bill Dalton and Steve Jones – to be in supportive of this as well.
If anything, Nguyen should be criticized, for failing to see the need to finally address a system on the verge of collapse.
Only in a Republican world can there be praise for incompetent ignorance of the need to maintain the public infrastructure.Ã‚Â Such stupidity is called “being penny wise and pound foolish.” You cannot put off scheduled repairs indefinitely.Ã‚Â The longer you put it off the worse the problem and the more it costs to fix it.Ã‚Â If you listen to this nut-job on OCBlog though, you would get the impression that being “conservative” somehow means putting off expenses till later so that your children have to pay for it.
Mayor Dalton, who has know that this problem has existed for years, should be commended for joining the other two senior members of the Council, Broadwater and Rosen, along with new member Steve JonesÃ‚Â in approving the revised rate increase.Ã‚Â The initial cost will be painful, but in the long run the taxpayers will be better off for it.Ã‚Â Now if only these guys and Ms. Nguyen address the need to further fund the infrastructure of the Garden Grove Sanitation District system will we make significant progress towards stabilizing future costs of critical city services.