Are We Flushing $10M of Pacifica's Sewage Fees Down the Drain?
Why Isn’t the City Listening to Our Seawall Concerns?
More than 130 people, mostly Pacificans, signed a petition asking why the City has placed a $10 million sea wall installation into a sewer rate increase. These citizens wanted staff to consider pulling the $10 million of sewer fees for the Beach Blvd. Infrastructure Resiliency Project (BBIRP) since there has been little information disclosed about the specifics. Additionally, the BIRP sea wall project final design hasn’t been approved by the Coastal Commission. Despite these concerns, on May 9, 2022, the City Council unanimously approved the 3.5 percent each year over the next five yeas.
Cindy Abbott: I'm signing to request that the $10MM for the Beach Blvd Infrastructure Resiliency Project be removed from this sewer rate increase. The overall work to maintain our infrastructure is necessary and I support that (85%+) part of the increase devoted to overall upgrades/maintenance. The seawall though doesn't belong buried in this overall program; we need to focus on MOVING infrastructure out of harms way so that this issue isn't left to future generations of Pacificans.
James Kremer: Many of us appreciate that upgrades and repairs are to our City's wastewater infrastructure are planned. A rate increase is needed. But one item in the proposal stands out to me as a problem – $10M is a small part of the total, but it adds to the loan burden. I don't think it is justified, and I wrote my sheet of facts & Questions to clarify my worries.
Dawn Zidonis: I support the work for upgrades to the sewer system (and I support upgrades to protect our coastline) but I want to better understand why the seawall is intertwined with the sewer system rate increase and as a resident make sure we're investing in long term solutions to combat the climate crisis in regards to our coastline.