Maybe sell some to Nader’s Hotel. Get Moe to drink some on camera.
Nearly five years after Pacific Grove officials broke ground with golden-hued shovels for construction of a wastewater reclamation plant on Point Pinos in hopes of creating revenue from the sale of recycled water and water credits, the city is finding out the financial returns aren’t as golden as they had hoped.
The P.G. Local Water Project costs more than the city makes on recycled water. Last fiscal year the city loaned the project $600,000 to make up for less-than-expected revenue since the plant opened in December 2017, according to the 2021-22 budget.
P.G.’s Recycled Sewer Water Not Substainable
Somebody’s going to get sued..
The application for the project was made by Vista Nadura LLC and developer Nader Agha, who were told in September by the Monterey County Planning Commission that their application is incomplete. They are appealing that decision to the county supervisors.
The site is located behind Carmel Valley Manor. The subdivision dates back to 2002, and Agha contends his application should have been certified as complete 13 years ago. A county report at the time indicated that the application was determined to be incomplete “because the applicant had not submitted proof of adequate water supply.”
Nader, Got Any Water?
Better idea: bypass all the complicated water credit issues and send that toilet water straight to the new hotels.
So it must have been a shock to P.G. City Manager Ben Harvey to receive a letter from the state water board on May 16, stating that the board was holding back on the payment because the city’s plan might be a breach of contract.
The issue appears to be a discrepancy of interpretations stemming from the water board’s 2009 order to the Monterey Peninsula to stop using water from the Carmel River. One interpretation is that due to the order, P.G. cannot keep any new water credits for itself – they all have to go back to the river.
Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?
With Cal Am, the customers lose both ways. Use too much and get a fine. Use too little and get a rate hike. And everyone wants to build more hotels, eh?
“Our customers have done such a great job at saving water,” said Catherine Stedman, Cal Am manager of external affairs. “We have fixed costs to maintain the water system, so when you’re selling less water, then that price per unit of water will need to increase.”
Cal Am said to help make up for the shortfall, its requesting a 15 percent rate increase for customers on the Monterey Peninsula.
Water Conservation Means 15% Rate Hikes
His P.R. Firm
Are there leaders of Pacific Grove still in favor of this relationship with him? Happens often when Nadir gets involved.
Attorney Chris Cayce, who represents Agha in the lawsuit, said Armanasco used the confidential information, protected by a confidentiality agreement, to help Deep Water Desal essentially copy Agha’s plans for a desal plant in Moss Landing, now known as the People’s Moss Landing Desal Project.
This Week Nader Sues . .
And they all thought that by filling out a survey the bill would be reduced.
District board chairman Tom McMahon said the board decided to act after it became apparent that so many business owners were blindsided by significant water bill increases late last year. McMahon, who owns Monterey Bay Laundry, counted himself among them.
McMahon said business owners expected a decrease based on promises contained in a Cal Am water use survey last summer and on the company’s website.
Water Bills Went Up, Up, Up For P.G. Businesses
Either the neighbors filled their pool or Cal Am is up to it’s old tricks.
George Gergawy said he’s heard about the large bills for other Cal-Am customers and always thought it wasn’t real, until he opened his mailbox and saw the bill for $6,067.33. And, the home was empty last month after moving out.
According to Gergawy, the past 5 years the water bills at 747 Lyndon Street have been steady, between $15 and $16 dollars.
This Month’s Outrageous Cal Am Bill – $6,000 For A Vacant House
He admits having his name on it is a negative. So now it’s going to be run by a company that uses a mission statement “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Hey, they left out “Substainable”.
“I’m removing myself from the operation because I have decided that if I stay out of it, that will help the project to move forward,” Agha says.
Agha’s Reason To Quit Water Project Is…
Only in government are projects costing from $2,000,000.00 to $17,000,000.00 considered “small projects”. They include reactivating the former waste treatment facility at Point Pinos, Runaway Mayor Dan Cort’s scheme to fill the old Cal Am reservoir or my favorite, pump raw sewage from DMP to Carmel – flush twice, it has to make it over the hill..
The city has tucked three small projects that would produce recycled wastewater or stormwater for irrigation into California American Water’s overall application to the state Public Utilities Commission for a Peninsula water project.
Looking at spiraling costs for the 100 to 125 acre-feet of water it takes a year to keep the city golf links and adjacent El Carmelo Cemetery green, the city looked at ways to replace that expensive potable water with nonpotable irrigation water.
“Small” Water Projects On Tap In P.G.
Looks like normal Nadir business. Agha says it will cost $129,000,000 and a consultant says it will cost $190,000,000. Lew says he owns it, Nadir says he doesn’t. Lew says he has an agreement with Cal Am, Cal Am says they don’t.
Jaws dropped at the Pacific Grove City Council meeting this week when a man introduced himself and said he was taking over Nader Agha’s “People’s Desal” project.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, Donald Lew, managing partner for the Concord-based JDL Development private equity firm, made the surprising announcement Agha is no longer involved in the desal project, and that the project has been renamed.
Do check out the article in the Pine Cone. Lovely quotes like this:
According to JDL’s website, the family-owned private equity firm has a “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Agha’s Desal Project Bought Out?