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Thursday, March 20, 2014

HOW CRITICAL IS MOUNTAIN TUNNEL AND CALAVARES RESERVOIR - TO THE TOTAL OPERATION AND WELL BEING -SUPPLYING 2.6 MILLION CUSTOMERS - WITH CLEAN DRINKING WATER FROM HETCH HETCHY?

Very few people have read the Raker Act of 1913 - powerful politicians convinced Congress to dam the once beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley.

More - so that greedy developers and corrupt politicians - could make money off the Hetch Hetchy operations and the City and County of San Francisco - through the Water Department then rake in the millions.

Initially, the the money went to the General Fund - and most of the time - no one could account for the money. Power and water sold - the money received - and then doled out to those that were corrupt.

In 1996 Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr created the Enterprise Department - the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - and since then - corruption at the SF Public Utilities Commission - has been blatant.

Most people when you say Hetch Hetchy think only about pristine drinking water - one of the best in the entire world.

The water truly belongs to the indigenous people of Northern California - the Piutes and the Miwoks - others too.

You would not know that - listening the the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - and those that work for them - who talk from both sides of their mouth - many ignorant and very arrogant.

Mountain Tunnel for example plays acts as an role to carry millions of gallons of clean drinking water - it is an important conduit  -it the the tunnel that brings the pristine drinking Hetch Hetchy dam - this water is then carried via another immediate tunnel named Canyon Power Tunnel.

Canyon Power Tunnel to Mountain Tunnel - on to Moccasin Power House - on to Foothill Tunnel; then on to San Joaquin Pipe - the Coast Range Tunnel - on to the San Antonio Reservoir and Calavares Reservoir.

Then on to more filtering plants - to Crystal Springs Reservoir - to Harry W. Tracy Water Treatment Plant and on to the four large reservoirs here in San Francisco.

Anyway when the $4.6 Bond Measure was passed - power went up to the head of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the many SF Public Utilities Commission employees - never mind the more than one could count - sexual harassment charges, blatant discrimination against Blacks - other charges leveled the most grevious - Juliet Ellis caught with her hand in the cookie jar - and admitting each and every charge leveled against her. Pathetic.

Most SFPUC employees nonchalant - paid well but lazy and knowing little - having not been educated on issues.

Corrupt for sure - and many having no morals and less ethics.

Only a few doing their jobs and understanding - the complex Hetch Hetchy operations, the many tunnels, the many pump stations that need attention, the many filtering stations, the large reservoirs most of which have been upgraded - to provide over 2.6 million customers - in San Francisco and the Region to the South of San Francisco - the best clean drinking water - the entire Nation can offer.

On another note worth noting - the $4.6 billion dollar Bond Measure was meant to address the clean water project and the waste water project in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission against the will of the people of San Francisco - chose to address only the clean water project - which they named the Water System Improvement Project.

Just like that they forgot the Waster Water plans that they had to attend to - they did this because the Digesters and other issues impacted most the resident and constituents of the Bayview Hunters Point. Blatant racism, blatant discrimination, and blatant disrespect.

Recently another $6 billion Bond Measure was passed to address the Sewer System Improvement Project - where all the sewer pipes  but also the clean water pipes - within San Francisco - would be upgraded.

The over 80 year old pipes and other pipes - in disrepair and leeching millions of gallons of clean drinking water - into the ground - impacting the watershed.

The plan is to replace the pipes both clean water and those carry waste water - within San Francisco's dual system - carrying the run off from the rain and the sewer water from the many - commodes and urinals and other filthy and unclean, sources too.
All these millions of gallons of water - from 80% of San Francisco, the neighboring counties - all lead to the Phelps Raw Sewage Treatment Plant - in the Bayview - very near 1800 Oakdale - the Southeast Community Facility Commission Building.

There is much talk about this, that, and the other - that the SF Public Utility Commission prides itself - mostly, many speaking from both sides of their mouths - and Prime contractors - making hay while the sun shines.

There is rampant corruption within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - takes months for a Purchase Order to go through - more months for one to get paid.

There are other conduits that can speed up payment in the millions - and thousands of dollars are exchanged under the table.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - knows this but can do little - if nothing -  so deep in the on going corruption.

For example the Mountain Tunnel conduit - a key conduit should have been repaired - ten years ago - this was not done by those in charge - they decided to take a chance - we call it "deferred maintenance".

Some two years ago this matter came up and when I mentioned it - the response I got - that all was well with Mountain Tunnel. Oh yeh!

Now brighter minds are saying let us build a brand new tunnel -  to replace the current Mountain Tunnel - since we have the super-tunnel machines - and to hell if it costs 800 million dollars.

Deferred maintenance can come to bite one in the butt - and in this case it has - and the entire San Francisco Public Utilities Commission knows it must do something?

So - why did Julie LaBonte leave at this critical juncture?

And truly speaking what the hell is happening at Calavares?

We all want to know.

We have a nice person in Dan Wade -  who now has to supervise the Calavares Project - I have nothing against him. He is one of a few engineers that understand dams and with many valleys that are dammed - the likely hood of having faults - that can trigger - tremors and more small and large - earthquakes.

It looks as if he is now a 'scapegoat" for the mistakes made by some idiots - more than one of them - and one of them for sure is Julie LaBonte.

Since Juliet Ellis the crooked, corrupt, unethical, immoral Assistant General Manager is still around - she and her minions - cannot touch sensitive subject as part of their promotion to say more and describe more.

The deal with the more mundane, low profile subject - and put out new letters that pat themselves on their sordid asses - and proclaim and take credit for project they had little to do with and still less comprehend - one of them being the Contractor's Center that I envisioned from a mere concept to an actuality - and for which other take credit - but until today - cannot fully utilize the maximum potentiality - just because most of the present leadership is impotent.

I would like a "frank report" on Mountain Tunnel and the Calavares Reservoir - as I have been following these two projects since the year 2000.

 I will speak on these two issues - at the next San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1 pm in Room 400 at City Hall.

The buffoonery that is going on at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is pathetic - idiots - who know nothing are ruling the roost - and the time has come to fire - the "idiots"  among them all those - who make their abode - working for Juliet Ellis at the External Affairs department at the SF Public Utilities Commission.

This department was quick to cease the opportunity - to dole grants to those that they knew - to win support for their corrupt and expanding department - while there was actually a freeze in place.

While, in the interim over $200,000 was channeled to Green For All - a entity that Juliet Ellis had and has close relations - and served on the Board of Green For All.

Not only Juliet Ellis but others too that were part of the machinations and ploys. Right now the Director of Green For All wife serves as the Benefit Manager for Juliet Ellis. We could go deeper but that would not help - right now - there is a time for everything.

At the last San Francisco Ethics Commission meeting one Ethics Commissioner John Keane requested the entire San Francisco Ethics Commission to send a letter to the General Manager - Harlan Kelly - to fire Juliet Ellis.

This must be done quickly - or else the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission -  "will fall flat on their face".

The Bayview Hunters Point community and we have two alive and kicking stellar advocates - who can testify to what I have to say. Dr Espanola Jackson and Shirley Jones - both Black women - our elders who can testify as to the many ploys - carried out in defiance of the community - by Juliet Ellis.

The building at 1800 Oakdale is called the Southeast Community Facility Building - emphasis on "COMMUNITY".

It is the only building built to honor the community in the Bayview - because the community requested it as a mitigation factor - linked to the upgrading of the Phelps Raw Sewage Plant that was placed stark naked in the middle of the Bayview.

The Phelps Raw Sewage Plant is know for the stench and other odors that have adversely impacted the community and more the resident living within a few hundred feet - from the Raw Sewage Plant.

In the late 1970s with Federal money - a result of mitigation in hand - the community chose to built a community center to help educated the community and create career jobs - enlighten those that needed to be educated.

The Federal Government insisted that the upgrade of the Phelps Raw Sewage Treatment Plant - was needed to be executed in the late 1970s - and agreed with the community that a community building would best be served as a "mitigation factor".

The community was told if they could settle for some open space - but the community was united in demanding that a Community Building be built - where sound and stellar educational courses could be taught and the community best served.

Courses such as certified Registered Nurses, Chefs that could find career jobs, others in the community educated in choice fields - all having the satisfaction they needed and wanted and many finding sound career - jobs.

The mandate given at that time to the Water Department was to maintain the building.

In 1996 the "thug" Mayor Willie L.Brown Jr. created the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - and transferred the responsibilities to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that failed to maintain the building - using deferred maintenance.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission more during the terms of Pat Martel, Susan Leal, Ed Harrington - have tried to hoodwink the people. The mentality of these SF Public Utilities Commission and the employees - is that the Bayview community does not deserve anything.

Well we are working on exposing the rascals - lock, stock and barrel and it is only fit that those educated on issues - backed by facts and empirical data - expose the racists bastards.

This racist City and the many Mayors chose with intent - to divide the Bayview community - appointing crooks like Veronica Hunnicutt and others - crooked to the core.

Veronica Hunnicutt - who took upon herself to lease property and no one knows - where the rent money went - none of it accounted for.

In recent years the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is actively plotting to take over the building - more since Juliet Ellis has placed some unsavory characters - to run the affairs linked to 1800 Oakdale - the Southeast Community Facility Commission building - I have named the unsavory characters  - before.

This is my point when it comes to Mountain Tunnel the SF Public Utilities Commission has failed.

When it comes to the Calavares Reservoir the SF Public Utilities Commission has failed.

When it come to the "community building" at 1800 Oakdale in the Bayview - the SF Public Utilities has failed - miserably.

We the community have had a lot of patience - and now is the time - to take this matter to the court - so that each and everyone can witness the lies, the blatant discrimination, the on going gentrification.

The ploys and machinations used to commandeer and take over the Community Building and give it to crooks - the likes of Juliet Ellis and those that she has engaged - some non-profits that have no business whatsoever - never mind if they bring in some blood money.

All under the many corrupt SF Public Utilities Commission employees - leading the pack - Juliet Ellis - whose time has come to go - fade into oblivion. Sooner the better.