My name is Margo Sturges, a Concerned Citizen, Citizen Advocate, Watchdog and now Retired. Some members of our community view me as a Citizen Activist.
The above ballot titles were NOT allowed by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters however, they did approve my ballot designation of "Investigative Reporter."
I have written over 950 investigative stories about local politics over the past few years covering Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and San Bernardino County issues. My posts on Cactus Thorns and my stories printed in a Desert Hot Springs newspaper qualified me for that special ballot designation.
Thank you for your continued trust in me as your Friend, Advocate, Community Leader and as your Candidate for the Hi-Desert Water District.
I was honored with your support in the 2010 election receiving 1,901 votes almost bumping off HDWD Director Dan Munsey! That was NOT my intention. Dan is the best director on the board and is seeking re-election too.
I will need your support and vote once again in this election November 2014.
I want to be your voice on the Hi-Desert Water Board.
I will bring my experience, knowledge and passion to the dais.
I will seek solutions to our water crisis as your representative.
I have no conflict of interest.
I will keep watch over your wallet.
There are three seats open for the office of the Hi-Desert Water District.
Please vote for me and the following HDWD Candidates:
MARGO STURGES GINA ORBAN DAN MUNSEY
HDWD Candidate Margo Sturges
For the past seven years, I attended all of the Hi-Desert Water Board meetings and their sub-committee meetings. I attended a few Joshua Tree, San Diego and San Bernardino County Water Forums. On a few occasions, I drove to Apple Valley to attend the Mojave Water Agency presentations on water issues.
For the past seven years, I attended most of the Yucca Valley Town Council meetings, the Town Strategic Planning Meetings and was a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Yucca Valley. I have been studying the data provided in all the Staff reports often paying for the full packet agendas out of my own pocket.
At these meetings, I ask questions on behalf of ratepayers and citizens. I am not afraid to ask the important questions because I care and I will not go away.
I am ready to step in as your representative on the Hi-Desert Water Board. I am well prepared and will bring my experience to the dais to seek solutions to our present crisis of the septic prohibition. The outrageous costs to each property owner may crush the economic health of our community!
I will be the voice of the General Public, the Seniors on fixed incomes and the less fortunate low income. I will be your voice. I know what "Survival Mode" is all about in this difficult economy because I have to make decisions on a daily basis living on a fixed income dealing with rising costs just to make it to the end of the month.
I would be happy to meet with your homeowner association, club luncheon or neighborhood picnic. Please be my voice at your church or when you are shopping in the supermarket asking your friends and neighbors to support me with their votes.
There are no big campaign dollars available for my run for office. I ask that you support me with word of mouth and promoting these HDWD candidates:
Margo Sturges Gina Orban Dan Munsey
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Living in the Desert...
Water is Life. This is a simple statement especially since we are living in the desert! Desert=Sand, dunes, cactus, sun, triple digit summer temperatures, rocks, and more sand!
The only reason there has been growth in Yucca Valley is due to the fact the Hi Desert Water District imports water from Northern California via a fragile and antiquated system. While it is the only water available to quench the thirst of the desert and we should be thankful for that, there are some questions regarding the quality of the water we are receiving and most important, the reliability of receiving this precious liquid. Adding to this dire situation of septic prohibition, we are in a severe drought and will only receive 5%, a mere fraction, of our allocation from the Mojave Water District, the wholesale supplier of imported water.
I am running for office on the Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Water District because it is a "Special Calling" to me. I feel this is one of the most pressing issues for all of the citizens of Yucca Valley and future growth of our economy. It is a strong calling to rush into a burning building and say to you, "Follow me and trust me to lead you."
Please know that I will be honest with you. You may not like to hear what is being said but it will be the truth and not a shell game of misleading information. There are important water issues we are facing living in the desert.
We are currently in a declared state of drought by our Governor with more mandated rationing in our future. I feel this may be the new norm and not a temporary situation called a "drought."
Back in 2003, there was a USGS water study indicating a high level of nitrates in our water system and our town was in need of sewers to eliminate the septic tanks that were polluting our drinking water.
Where are our sewers? They should have been in place by now. The Board of Directors at that time, were derelict in their responsibility to the community by ignoring the problem and shoving it off to the side for the future.
The costs are now double or triple and there are scarce funds available today in the form of grants.
The future is now, the problem is now...it has arrived.
The marketing slogan of the Hi-Desert Water District is......Serving you today...Planning for tomorrow.
Your tax dollars are being spent for this type of "Institutional Advertising" to help you remember your water company. I think we all know who they are by now and there are no other competitors. Is this the best use of your tax dollars? I don't think so! According to the first General Plan dated 1995, the citizens placed a priority on protecting our ground water and getting off septics. What happened? Elected officials dropped the ball and ignored the town's infrastructure requirements for sustained growth.
Today we are not poised for growth because sewers and a wastewater treatment facility are not in place.
Today, we are looking at $146 million dollar sewer system in a time where grant funds have dried up due to the poor economy. There are three seats open for the Board of Directors. Two older Directors should be retired at the polls.
Please mark your ballot with these three names:
Margo Sturges Gina Orban Dan Munsey
WARNING:Septic Tanks Polluting our Drinking Water
Our drinking water comes from natural aquifers located in the Warren Basin. Sometimes one well with higher quality water is "blended" with another source to end up with an acceptable level of safe drinking water.
The problem is nitrates in our water system because we have toilets on septic systems sitting above our aquifers. The older septic systems are polluting our water supply with nitrates, caffeine and those pharmaceuticals will continue to cause problems.
If the sewers were installed years ago, we would not be facing this crisis. The system would be in place at approximately one third the cost we are facing today of $146 million dollars.
Thousands and thousands of rate payer dollars have been spent by the Hi Desert Water District and they still do not have a plan they can send out to bid and there is no design for the treatment plant.
What can we do about this? What are the available options? Refuse to pay our bill or take our business elsewhere? We must comply with the septic tank prohibition issued by the California Water Quality Control Board.
Many citizens have not been attending meetings and asking questions of our elected officials...have you?
This is a tough time for most of us in this economy and we are busy just trying to keep our heads above water in a survival mode. We need a Board of Directors that is sensitive to the needs of our citizens on fixed incomes or low incomes.
I am not afraid to ask the tough questions to speak on behalf of these citizens because I am in the same boat. I plan carefully each month to make ends meet.
The sewer assessment to the property owners in Phase One will result in some losing their homes, unable to make the monthly payments on the $18,000 lien on a single family home.
I will seek solutions so that no one is left behind.
Your Toilet /Septic Tank-Sitting over the Water Supply
Toilets above our drinking water!
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