A former Public Utilities Department leader is accusing the city of San Diego of illegally diverting $1 million in water and wastewater funds to other city services and firing her for refusing to conceal the activity, according to a claim she filed with the city on Monday.Susan LaNier, a former deputy director and internal auditor for the utilities department, was one of five utility leaders the city fired in February, following public outcry over billing errors and accusations of mismanagement within the department. In 2017, an auditor found 21,000 utility bills showed double or more than double the previous billing period usage. A 2018 audit said it was caused by erroneous meter readings and a inadequate communication to the public about an extended billing cycle. LaNier’s claim, which was submitted to the city’s Risk Management Department, says LaNier had no control over the errors and was not associated with the divisions criticized in that audit. She said she was fired … [Read more...] about Former utilities department leader says city diverted ratepayer funds to unrelated services
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“I cried,” said Carol Williams, when she learned that the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire. “I choked up.”She had a special reason. Fourteen months earlier, she was seated at the cathedral’s revered organ playing a concert. It was the former San Diego civic organist’s third recital in the legendary Paris cathedral. In fact, she had written an original composition dedicated to Louis Vierne, a revered composer and Notre Dame organist for nearly 37 years. He led a life marked by tragedy that ended dramatically in his death of a heart attack, at age 66, while sitting at the organ console. It was the tail-end of what was reported to be his 1,750th recital.Williams was seated on the same bench Vierne had used as she played her musical translation of his trouble-plagued life in February 2018. “It was actually a bit creepy,” she confessed. She and her husband, Kerry Bell, also a musician, had produced a documentary about the organ and its … [Read more...] about Column: Haunting voice of Notre Dame Cathedral silenced — for now
Terence Chea and John Antczak, Associated Press Updated 1:30 pm CST, Friday, February 15, 2019 Aldo Cabrera, of Forestville, Calif., photographs the sunset at Wholer Road in Forestville, Calif., as the Russian River and Mark West Creek floods vineyards, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP) less Aldo Cabrera, of Forestville, Calif., photographs the sunset at Wholer Road in Forestville, Calif., as the Russian River and Mark West Creek floods vineyards, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Waves of heavy rain ... more Photo: Kent Porter, AP Photo: Kent … [Read more...] about Cleanup, damage assessment in wake of West’s big storm
By CALmatters January 17, 2019 at 5:54 am By By Julie Cart | CALmatters Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power—the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted. They shouldn’t, says Bakke, who grew up in a rural California town regularly darkened by outages. A cultural anthropologist who studies the consequences of institutional failures, she says it’s unclear whether the state’s aging electricity network and its managers can handle what’s about to hit it. California is casting off fossil fuels to become something that doesn’t yet exist: a fully electrified state of 40 million people. Policies are in place requiring a rush of energy from renewable sources such as the sun and wind and calling for millions of electric cars that will need charging—changes that will tax a system already … [Read more...] about As California enters a brave new energy world, can it keep the lights on?
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