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Special District

East Palo Alto Sanitary DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Edrick L. Haggans

Security Receptionist
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that board ratifies zero rate increase in coming year to compensate for current unconstitutional rate increase
  • Ensure that board strictly follows constitutional provisions, especially regarding how voters receive notices of increases
  • Protection of constitutional rights of property owners, especially seniors and property owners on fixed incomes

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired marketing manager
Security Receptionist, Allied Universal Security Services (2010–current)
Prior director and vice president, East Palo Alto Sanitary Director — Elected position (2001–2010)

Education

Stanford University Master of Arts Educational technology, Bachelor of Arts, Communications (1975)
Stanford Universoty Bachelor of Arts, communications (1973)
Penn State University Associate Science, mechanical engineering (1960)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Elected Official Larry Moody, member of East Palo Alto City Council
  • Matias Varela, building contractor

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

My promise is to protect the constitutional rights of property owners

Summary

Current board has failed to follow the state constitution regarding issuance of rate increases of sewer service charges.

This has led to the imposition of an unconstitutional rate increase for the current year.

I plan to work to pass a zero rate increase for the coming fiscal year.

 

 POSITION PAPER

 

I have lived in East Palo Alto since 1973, while I was completing my master’s in Education at Stanford University.

 

The East Palo Alto Sanitary District [EPASD] has had a stormy history, with a number of legal and ethical controversies during the past 20 years. In the intervening years, I have applauded the Board’s performance for sound fiscal management and amicable board dynamics, where I served as past Vice President and Board member for 10 years. It was logical that the incumbent body was able to run unopposed for a number of election cycles –no bad press, no bad vibes- you flush, everything goes away, No Problema! Many ratepayers seemed to be unaware of the upward creep of their sewer service charges, shown on the Annual Tax charges.

 

Recently, however, the current board majority has begun allowing itself to devolve into controversy, dissention and acrimony, an indication of deep legal and ethical dysfunction. A product of this behavior has been the abandonment of the constitutional rights of property owners.   This has been a deliberate policy of the Board, since the California State Constitution explicitly requires two completely unambiguous provisions to qualify a rate increase:

First, each ratepayer must be mailed notification of the exact amount EPASD intends to charge each individual property owner on the tax roll, parcel by parcel.

 Second, the board must hold public hearings for each rate increase proposal for each year of increase.

 This means that the Board has failed the Constitution, since ratepayers were only mailed generic notifications of increases, instead of parcel-by-parcel specifics.

Regarding the requirement to hold a public hearing each year of a proposed increase, since the board has passed a 5-year increase at a single public hearing, they will be required a hold separate public hearings for the each of the 4 additional years of the increase.

 Since the Board has failed to follow the Constitution in either or both of these provisions, this means they have imposed an Unconstitutional Rate Increase .

 For these reasons, my, first priority will be to pass a zero rate Increase in 2020/2021 to compensate for the misguided increase for 2019. I am a skilled conciliator and I will work to encourage a return civility, trust and credibility to the EPASD.

 

I also pledge to work as a team with the other challengers,

 

Martha Stryker and Mark Dinan.


My promise is to protect the constitutional rights of East Palo Alto property owners

Summary

During the last several years, the EPSAD has become mired with legal and ethical dysfunction, leading to at least one scheduled court trial in which several board members are being sued. If I am elected I plan to use my skills as a conciliator to  bring a balanced perspective to the district to regain the respect and trust the rate payers deserve.

 

 POSITION PAPER

 

I have lived in East Palo Alto since 1973, while I was completing my masters in Educational Technology at Stanford University.

 

The East Palo Alto Sanitary District has had a stormy history, with a number of  ethical and legal controversies during the past 20 years. In the intervening years, I have applauded the Board’s performance for sound fiscal management and amicable board dynamics, where I served as past Vice President and Board member for 10 years.

 

Recently, however, the current board majority has begun allowing itself to devolve into controversy, dissention and acrimony, an indication of deep legal and ethical dysfunction. A product of this behavior has been the abandonment of the constitutional rights of property owners.   This has been a deliberate policy of the board, since the California State Constitution explicitly requires two completely unambiguous provisions to qualify a rate increase:

 

First, each ratepayer must be mailed notification of the exact amount EPASD intends to charge each individual property owner on the tax roll, parcel by parcel.

 

Second, the board must hold public hearings for each rate increase proposal for each year of increase.

 

This means that the board has failed the constitution, since ratepayers were only mailed generic notifications of increases instead of parcel-by-parcel specifics.

 

Regarding the requirement to hold a public hearing each year of a proposed increase, since the board has passed a 5-year increase at a single public hearing, they will be required a hold separate public hearings for the each of the 4 additional years of the increase.

 

Since the Board has failed to follow the Constitution in either or both of these provisions, this means they have imposed an unconstitutional rate increase .

 

For this reason, my, first priority will be to pass a zero rate Increase for the coming year to compensate for the mistaken increase for 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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