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Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors November 3, 2009 Dick Cromwell, www.dickcromwell.com

2 Open Seats, 2 Votes for Change Jeff Bowman, www.jeffreybowman.com

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Cromwell and Bowman take on Mswd Board Incumbents Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors Election News Oct. 11, 2009 Page 2

As the election for seats on the Mission Springs Water District Board draws closer, candidates Dick Cromwell and Jeff Bowman want Mission Springs Water District ratepayers to know the “experienced” incumbents are costing them money. Despite Nancy Wright’s claims that her experience is beneficial to ratepayers, the truth is the District puts expensive band-aids on problems that need permanent solutions, the challengers say. And rates have gone UP, not down. “There are many examples of unnecessary expenditures,” Cromwell notes. “A few that come to mind are paying over a quarter of a million dollars a year to meet EPA standards for uranium, paying multiple times to repair a well that wasn’t build to design specifications, spending $400,000 a year to truck sludge from the Horton Wastewater Treatment Plant and spending $400,000 more a year for power than is necessary. If you add those costs up, they total nearly $1.5 million a year in necessary charges.”

Uranium.

According to research Cromwell and Bowman have conducted, a new well costs between $1 million - $1.5 million to install. The District pays $280,000 a year to meet EPA standards for uranium. If the wells causing the uranium contamination were capped and new wells were drilled, it would only take 3.5 – 5.4 years (depending on the cost of the well) to start saving money. “It’s worth it to borrow the funds for a new well to stop the cash bleed,” Cromwell adds. Continuing Repairs. Cromwell and Bowman have also confirmed the life a well is typically 12-15 years. The District has been paying $270,000 every 5-6 years to correct a defect that should have been corrected when the well was built. Over the life of the well, the problem will cost ratepayers approximately $800,000 in unnecessary costs. In Cromwell’s view , “That’s another example of an expensive band-aid instead of a less

costly long-term fix.” Expensive Power. Studies commissioned by the District indicate the need for additional wells. Because the Board has opted not to spend the money to install them, the existing wells have to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, the wells operate on expensive peak power instead of cheap off-peak power. “We spend about $400,000 more for electricity each year than we would if we built more wells,” Cromwell explains. Since as noted above, a new well costs between $1 million and $1.5 million to drill, a new well could be installed every three years on the savings created by using lower cost power. Trucking Sludge. The incumbents say rates will rise if Cromwell and Bowman’s call is met to move the Horton Wastewater Treatment Plant. The incumbents say it is unnecessary and shows the challengers’ lack of experience. “Nothing could be farther from the truth,” Cromwell says. “Jeff and I are staunch advocates of moving the plant. That part is true. It’s in the wrong location. It’s too close to neighborhoods, schools, and our signature resorts. But the part about it increasing rates is absolutely a scare tactic. Jeff and I advocate following a successful model established by other water districts in the state – partnering and pooling resources to build a state of the art plant in an appropriate location.” As Cromwell and Bowman point out, when the Horton plant was operated as designed, the Class C sludge was processed on site – but with consequences: disgusting odor and flies.  To remedy the problem, the District now hauls away the Class C sludge. “That fix costs ratepayers over $400,000 a year,” Cromwell says. “And once again – it’s not necessary!” In addition to these unnecessary expenditures, Cromwell points out the $35 million the incumbents say they have been awarded for sewers is not so cut and dried. “Only

$100,000 is currently in Conference Committee for allocation,” Cromwell notes. “And if the District is successful in getting $35 million for sewer construction from the Army Corps of Engineers, it would not only be a first in the District’s history (since the Corps has historically awarded funds for planning – not construction), it would require a 25% up-front match.” The incumbents have said they will use the $4,200 per household that was approved in Assessment District 12, but Cromwell stresses, “That money will be collected over 20 years and the $8.75 million match must be paid upfront. Even if the $35 million comes in dribs and drabs, which is likely, where will the District get that kind of money? It doesn’t make sense when you understand the Appropriations process.” Both Cromwell and Bowman have experience as public officials. Cromwell is a former Desert Hot Springs Council Member and Planning Commissioner. He also served on the Palm Springs Unified School District Board both as a member and as president. Bowman serves as the chair of the Desert Hot Springs Public Safety Commission and is a member of the city’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Fire and Emergency Services. “Jeff and I are asking for your votes on November 3,” Cromwell emphasizes. “There are two open seats and two of us against the two incumbents. Neither Jeff nor I would be running if we thought the current board was making good decisions. But to protect our water – which is the city’s most valuable resource and our brand – we feel the Board needs new input. One of the incumbents has had 20 years to get it right. It’s time she was retired by the voters!”

For more information on the backgrounds and views of Dick Cromwell and Jeff Bowman, visit their websites, www.DickCromwell.com and www.JeffreyBowman.com.


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Jeff Bowman and Dick Cromwell ~photo by Bruce Montgomery


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What the Press had to say:

CROMWELL SEEKS MISSION SPRINGS WATER BOARD SEAT BY LESLIE ANDREWS DESERT HOT SPRINGS – (August 3, 2009) Dick Cromwell, a former Desert Hot Springs City Councilman and nationally-recognized pioneer in the use of alternate fuels, has taken out papers for the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors, one of two district openings on the Nov. 3 ballot. Cromwell, a long-time Desert Hot Springs resident, has attended MSWD board meetings for more than two years. Concerned the district is not doing enough to protect its award-winning water is the primary reason Cromwell decided to run. “Our water is our city’s priceless brand. It is the primary reason people live and visit here,” Cromwell stated.” Yet, it has been too easy to look the other way as the population grows and septic tanks age and are poorly maintained. It’s time to get serious about protecting our water with more than lip service.” Cromwell outlined a three-point plan: Completely sewer the city. Improve residential and commercial septic tank maintenance in the interim through partnerships with MSWD, the City and the private sector. Move the Horton Sewer Treatment Plant to a new location that cannot encroach on residents and visitors. Cromwell understands that these are costly projects that cannot be borne by the city’s residential and business community. His plans depend largely on federal grants and his experience as a consultant familiar with the inner-workings of Sacramento and the nation’s capitol. In the case of the Assessment District 12 passed in 2004 to provide some 12,000 sewer hook ups, the property owner was to pay the first $4,100 with MSWD paying the balance. Cromwell

Richard Cromwell III ~photo DLNmediaGroup notes that he believes MSWD is obligated to find the money to pay its share of the approximately 6,000 District 12 properties that have still not been hooked up as of yet. “Our needs are exactly where grant money should be spent. Without these improvements, the community one day could find itself in the same position as the Cathedral City Cove where the state gave the residents a deadline to get rid of septic tanks or abandon their homes,” he said. Development of these plans and implementing them will take expertise, connections, patience and, above all, leadership, he said. “I love this city and it deserves a major effort to protect its future,” Cromwell noted.

Cromwell is founder of the Coachella Valley Clean Cities Region and co-developer, in partnership with COD, of a CNG training program that is in use worldwide. The training program later was the basis for the nation‘s first community college curriculum for hydrogen fuel cells. Cromwell is a former SunLine Transit Agency general manager, City of Desert Hot Springs Planning Commissioner and Palm Springs Unified School District Board member, serving one year as district president. Cromwell has received many awards for his innovative technological leadership. He is a consultant to the clean energy transportation industry and has also served as a consultant to the City of Desert Hot Springs.


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Why am I running? It‘s simple. Our water is the city‘s most priceless resource; it‘s our city‘s brand. It‘s the primary reason people live in and visit Desert Hot Springs.

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I‘ve regularly attended MSWD board meetings for more than two years. I believe our water is at risk and I have a three-part plan to protect our water at no additional cost to ratepayers. Complete our sewer system. This should be our top priority! We need to utilize all available resources to access federal and state grants to pay for this vital program. We can do it! Develop residential and commercial septic system maintenance programs. Through education and partnerships with MSWD, the city and the private sector, we must do all we can to protect our groundwater from contamination. Move the Horton Wastewater Treatment Plant to a new location. This needs to be a state of the art, regional facility which can be accomplished through partnerships with other valley water districts As a former DHS City Council Member and Planning Commissioner, and former PSUSD board member, I understand how to get things done. I‘m completely committed to protecting our water. So is candidate Jeff Bowman. There are two open seats. We need your votes. Please contact me if you have questions about my plan. Thank you for your support! Dick Cromwell

ELECT

DICK CROMWELL Campaign #1320396

MISSION SPRINGS WATER DISTRICT BOARD NOVEMBER 3, 2009


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Jeff Bowman for Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors Just in case you did not see it, the Desert Sun announced that they were endorsing me, Jeff Bowman, for the Mission Springs Water District board. I‘m very honored to have such recognition.

Bowman has a strong record of public service. And he has done his homework. He‘s the kind of watchdog this board needs. The Desert Sun - 10/1/09

This November 2009, the voters in the Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) will have a chance to elect two new Directors. I would like your vote! MSWD is facing some tough challenges: • They have raised our rates - doubling them in the past 4 years • Reserves have dropped $14M since 2004. Where has that money gone? • Band-aid solutions that haven‘t permanently fixed anything • We really need SEWERS to protect our ground water • Updating our waste water treatment plant and preparing for future growth • More WELLS to provide an adequate supply of water for our people • Proper Fire Hydrants to protect our homes and businesses and, • Co-operation with the city of DHS to move MSWD and it‘s customers forward. I am committed to making these things happen. Please follow the links on this site to learn more about me and the passion I will bring to our district. Also, there are two seats up for election. I‘d like all my supporters to also vote for Dick Cromwell. We need to replace both incumbents. Dick and I promise to bring in new leadership to the district. Two open seats, two votes for change! Yours for our most precious resource - the water, Jeff Bowman


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What the Press had to say:

Jeff Bowman: Hoping For Change at MSWD BY LESLIE ANDREWS DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAFor six years, Jeff Bowman has led a successful hotel business in Desert Hot Springs and has been an active leader in his community. Desert Local News sits down with Bowman and discusses his plans to seek a seat with the Mission Springs Water District. Bowman, owner of the Living Waters Spa hotel, states that the MSWD has not lived up to their promises when it comes to creating sewers and wells throughout the city. “I feel strongly that the board needs to meet the needs of the community,” he says. “I feel that the MSWD has let us down in terms of sewers and water production.” Bowman goes on to say that a full-city sewer system was promised by the year 2005, but so far, slightly less than half of the city has been sewered. Bowman has been studying the way the district works by recently taking tours of some of their activities, such as water production. “As of right now, they have only put in one new well,” he said. “They promised to have five new wells by 2010. We’re four wells behind.” He goes on to say that one well has uranium in it, which is located near the Mission Lakes Country Club. So far, nearly a half million dollars have been spent to clean that well. Financially, Bowman adds that the district has been burning through

their reserve money, due to a $3.5 million deficit. “These problems could have been avoided if they were proactive and planned,” he states. “The district has served the community well since its existence, but during the last couple of years, they have not. They need new faces on the board.” Bowman objected to a recent major increase in water rates, saying that gradual increases could have been done instead. “I think it’s wrong that they did it in one big chunk like that. It’s a huge infrastructure that has to be developed.” Bowman brings to his campaign years of experience in serving the public, volunteering his time to make Desert Hot Springs a better place.

Currently, he serves as the chair of the city’s Public Safety Commission. He and his wife Judy have been honored with “Businesspersons of the Year” in 2006, and their hotel is toprated. When the Bowmans came to town, the city council had a lot of issues at the time. Bowman feels that the current council is the most progressive one so far. Both he and many others believe that they are moving the city forward. “Now’s the time to prepare for the next big wave in the city,” Bowman continues. “I’m a make-it-happen kind of guy and the Water District is a great place for me to apply.”

Jeff Bowman testing the water


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Horton Wastewater

Cromwell & Bowman visit to the ~ photo D


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Treatment Plant

Dick Cromwell III with Jeff Bowman at the Horton Plant

Dick Cromwell III at the Horton Plant

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The District now hauls away the Class C sludge. “That fix costs ratepayers over $400,000 a year,” Cromwell says.

Clean Water The Final Product


Bowman and Cromwell For Hot Water:

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Dick Cromwell

And Sewers Too BY LESLIE ANDREWS DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAMission Springs Water District board candidates Jeff Bowman and Dick Cromwell together held a fundraiser party at the Dillon Roadhouse Tuesday night. “My friend had twenty years to get sewers into Desert Hot Springs,” said Mayor Yvonne Parks, describing how a lot of talk and no action has taken place with the MSWD board. She, along with Mayor Pro Tem Karl Baker, Councilmembers Scott Matas and Jan Pye all got up to speak in support of two new faces to replace two incumbents this coming November. The quality of Desert Hot Springs’ cold and hot water was a hot topic, as the candidates discussed how preserving it would keep the city thriving. “We have to protect our hot water by putting in sewers,” Bowman stated. “If we don’t protect it, we would be a dried up little town alongside the hill. This city brands itself with its hot water and mineral spas. We need to support the city and what they’re doing.” Both Cromwell and Bowman agree that the district has bandaged a lot of their problems and that it costs the taxpayers dearly in the long run. “If we could pump off-peak hours, we could save up to build a new well each year,” Bowman also said,

describing how poorly managed the pumps are throughout the district. Both men in unison said, “We need to eliminate the need to raise your rates.” How is by proposing to stop deficit spending by replacing bandages with permanent solutions. Bowman added that the current incumbents don’t back one another and that change must begin by electing new faces. “It’s like a junior high classroom where kids talk over each other,” he remarked. Most importantly, the men discussed the proposal to relocate the Horton Wastewater Treatment Plant, currently located near residential areas. “It’s not 1972 anymore,” Bowman said. That very year, the plant was built and there was little activity going on in the city at the time. On DickCromwell. com, Cromwell explains in a video how the plant would do better being located on 90 acres of property that the MSWD owns, not located near any residences or schools. Speaking of his partner in running, Bowman said that Cromwell had spent 20 years with the Sunline Transit Agency and described him as “a man of integrity.” Their decision to run together came after a lunch meeting, in which they discussed and shared ideas for nearly an hour. So far, their joint campaign has generated broad interests.

Judy & Jeff Bowman

Dick Cromwell‘s family

Dick Cromwell explains

Yvonne Parks endorses the ticket


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Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors November 3, 2009 Dick Cromwell, www.dickcromwell.com

2 Open Seats, 2 Votes for Change Jeff Bowman, www.jeffreybowman.com

Paid for by Committee to Elect Dick Cromwell for Mission Springs Water District Director ID# 1320396 Paid for by Committee to Elect Jeff Bowman for Mission Springs Water District Director ID# 1321493. Logo Design by Graphtec© ~ some photos by Bruce Montgomery and DLNmediaGroup Design by DLNmediaGroup ©

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