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From: darwoln@yahoo.com

We are currently engaged in a fight to stop the privatization of the water system. We are part of a coalition of neighborhood groups, churches, non-profits and citizens.

The group of citizens that I am involved with go to the SWB meetings, flyer the areas with updates, get letters to the mayor and board members, and just generally try to insert ourselves in the process.

So far, we have not been that successful in doing that. As you may know, the SWB voted on October 16th to vote against the 3 privatization bids, (which was great), but now are threatening to bring the very same 3 bids back for a vote in the next few months before a "improved" SWB, meaning with 2 new members that the mayor appointed since October 16th.

We are committed to keeping the water system publicly owned for 2 main reasons:

1. The other cities and countries that have used private companies (the same companies vying for our water) have been rewarded with higher rates, less accountability and generally bad water.

2. Privatization will not solve our main problem here, which seems to be the need to upgrade our infrastructure. The bids included language that would ask ratepayers to pay for any capitol improvement over $10,000.

In a nutshell, no good.

The SWB meetings alone are worth taping, they are so entertaining by the way...

So, there is our issue. If you are interested in talking with us, or just receiving some information on this, feel free to email me.

Dar Wolnik

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