Fullerton’s Water Rep to Step Down


Amid Fullerton’s water rate debacle the City’s representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced Tuesday that he is stepping down.  After representing the City of Fullerton for 24 years on the MWD Board of Directors, Jim Blake says he is done.

Jim Blake

It is rumored that Fullerton’s retired city manager Chris Meyer is looking to be appointed as Blake’s replacement but that will require a majority vote by the Fullerton City Council.   Since City Council Members Bankhead and Jones appointed Meyer as City Manager in 2002, there is little doubt that they wouldn’t give him the MWD nod as well.

However, with Fullerton’s water rates under scrutiny and an illegal tax being batted about City Hall for justification, you have to wonder how much of the water mess can be attributed to Meyer- not to mention the rest of the City’s countless woes.

An appointment of Meyer to the MWD Board might bring further outcry to City Hall, something the new Mayor might wish to avoid. Since August the Council members have been cussed at, cursed at, sworn up and down, and yelled at.  They are now being held accountable for their general lack of leadership by a campaign to recall three members, Mayor Pro Tem Pat McKinley, and members Don Bankhead and F. Dick Jones.

Many believe that the appointment should be filled by a current council member so that they can be held responsible by Fullerton voters for their actions on the Board.  Currently, Blake is answerable only to the Fullerton City Council.

If the appointment is to be held by a non-council member, then the process should be open to ALL candidates equally like any other council appointment to a commission or committee.

Whoever is appointed will be tasked with a massive budgetary shortfall that rivals Sacramento’s. The appointee will be asked for double-digit rate hikes and even more spending.  They need to know the water industry and even more about public policy and long-term investment solutions.  They need to know Fullerton and not just through the myopic eyes of service clubs.

Fullerton deserves an accountable and credible representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

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  1. #1 by The Orange County Register on December 15, 2011

    Investigator: Kelly Thomas probe ‘plugging along’

    FULLERTON – The special investigator hired by the city to determine what may have gone awry when a mentally ill homeless man died after an alleged beating by police officers last summer said he could produce his findings by February.

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/gennaco-331706-thomas-police.html

    • #2 by STAND UP on December 15, 2011

      february of 2014

    • #3 by Anonymous on December 15, 2011

      …the day after anyone can sign the recall petition.

  2. #4 by Concerned on December 15, 2011

    Poor Jim Blake. Besieged, he retorts” Thats it, I’m out of here!”. “24 years of service and this is what I have to put up with? I’m just going to go and take my bloated pension that I dont deserve and live like a rich fat-cat off of the city coffers. Yeah, I dont have to put up with criticism over my poor performance, I’ll just go “retire”, live off of even more tax money from all of you stupid citizens of Fullerton, and the offer my wisdom as a consultant to the city at (again) ballooned price levels. The city needs my wisdom….” ( NO we don’t !)

    • #5 by havegunwilltravel on December 15, 2011

      Jim Blake, as the City’s MWD representitive gets no pay, and no pension, and no benefits. And doesn’t even ask for mileage reimbursements. He could by and sell Tony Bushala, 100 times over, and still have a pile of gold. So get your facts straight.

  3. #6 by Anonymous on December 15, 2011

    Good Article. Greg reporting is always valuable here on FFFF!

  4. #7 by OC Weekly on December 15, 2011

    Kelly Thomas’ Mom Sues DA Tony Rackauckas For Secrecy in Fullerton Murder Case Against Cops

    http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2011/12/kelly_thomas_fullerton_rackauc.php

    • #8 by Snowhume on December 15, 2011

      ADMIN: Please make this link a separate post. This is a very important development. WSH

  5. #9 by Anonymous on December 15, 2011

  6. #10 by Anonymous on December 15, 2011

  7. #11 by nipsey on December 15, 2011

    Jesus, why can’t this fat tub of flubber just go away and spend his $20k/month pension on cheetos or whatever instead of trying to scrounge some more stipends. What a maroon.

    • #12 by Water Boy on December 15, 2011

      What a rich maroon.

  8. #13 by Snowhume on December 15, 2011

    Dear Mr. Sebourn,
    Thank you for posting this interesting bit of news. I tend to view it as a signal that certain special interests are worried that the present recall will succeed, and that an eventual replacment could, during the expiration of BLAKE’s remaining term, provide critical votes against those interests.
    The City of Fullerton is not as dependent as many other water-supply governments, because it has its own pumping rights. Those rights, and the pumping rights of quite a few neighboring cities and water agencies, are regulated by the OCWD — the Orange County Water District, if I recollect correctly. (It has been 17 years since I looked at this.) It is a “special act district”, and was not created by the processes of general law, but rather by special state legislation. It is ancient. And, during the recall times, the appointee to its Board was Jim Blake.
    Mr. Sebourn, can you find out if Jim Blake has been on that board all of this time… and will he stay on it, after he resigns from the MWD board?
    Best wishes, WSH

  9. #17 by Wataa Wataa Everywhere....Wataa Wataa I don't care on December 15, 2011

    Interesting. MWD’s water is too expensive anyway.

  10. #18 by Rodger Toenail on December 15, 2011

    It’s too bad the recall has not happened yet. Travis would be a great choice for that board. I understand it pays petty well to. I think it he members get Cadillac medical benefits and one hell of a stipen. Hang in there guys to the victors goes the spoils.

    • #19 by ANTI-RECALL TROLL ABOVE on December 15, 2011

      Nobody wants a spot on your board full of jackasses.

  11. #20 by Water Boy on December 15, 2011

    Is there an Orange County Food District. Meyer should be on it.

    • #21 by nipsey on December 15, 2011

      No but Meyer has been spotted eating at The District, home of the biggest Whole Foods anywhere. Coincidence?

    • #22 by Johnny Donut on December 15, 2011

      Food is managed by the OC Health Care Agency, and Meyer will have to fight Roland Chi for that spot.

  12. #23 by flebus on December 15, 2011

    Is that really a pic of Jim Blake, because it almost looks like a Photoshop smashup of T Rack and the Dickster (Ackerman)

    • #24 by Water Boy on December 15, 2011

      FYI, that picture of Blake is twenty years old.

  13. #25 by Rain on December 15, 2011

    If our new Mayor puts this replacement appointment onto the council agenda she should craft the motion to include a limit on the total financial compensation of NO MORE THAN $1.00 PER YEAR for this and any other such post.

    There is absolutely no reason to pay anyone to serve on these part time honorary boards.

  14. #26 by The Fullerton Savage on December 15, 2011

    Meyer? Who oversaw the illegal water tax and the systematic neglect of Fullerton’s water delivery infrastructure as city manager? Hurry up recall election!

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