RMWD board gives emergency power to assistant GM

In the event of an emergency, the Rainbow Municipal Water District general manager has the authority to expend up to $250,000 and to take other emergency actions without district board approval. Since Brian Brady is the general manager of both Rainbow and the Fallbrook Public Utility District, the Rainbow board authorized Rainbow’s assistant general manager or the emergency operation center manager to have emergency authority power in the absence of the general manager.

Rainbow’s board voted 5-0 May 28 to grant emergency response authority to the assistant general manager and/or the emergency operation center manager if an emergency exists and the general manager cannot be contacted. In addition to the authority to spend up to $250,000 and enter into contracts or other agreements for such expenditures, the emergency authority powers include controlling, limiting, or redirecting the delivery of water to district customers, implementing the district’s emergency response plan, and performing all other acts deemed necessary or appropriate to protect the district’s interest.

“That was just to give us increased flexibility under the JPA structure,” said Brady, who is also the executive officer of the North County Joint Powers Authority consisting of the two districts. “We could handle any emergency situation.”

Currently Gene Buckley is Rainbow’s assistant general manager. Juan Atilano, whose actual title is Water Operations and Customer Service Manager, has the status of Rainbow’s emergency operation center manager.

In September 2001, the Rainbow board established the emergency response plan while giving emergency powers to the general manager. Under that resolution, the general manager must notify the board president within 72 hours or must notify the vice-president if the president cannot be contacted or the treasurer if the other two officers cannot be reached. Any of those three officers may call a board meeting to review the general manager’s actions.

The new resolution allows the assistant general manager or the emergency operation center manager to determine that an emergency requiring immediate action exists while requiring that staff member to notify the top board officer who can be reached and authorizing a review board meeting.

14 Responses to "RMWD board gives emergency power to assistant GM"

  1. Huh?   July 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Kudos to the Board and Brady for continuing to watch out for the ratepayers. I’m just surprised they didn’t already have the authority.

  2. Lee   July 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Do THE PEOPLE have a direct vote in all of this? If not, why not?

  3. Huh?   July 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Lee, how many times are you going to ask the same question?

    The voters elect a Board of Directors who in turn make decisions for the ratepayers. If you don’t like the decisions they make, run for the board yourself.

  4. Pink   July 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    It is painfully clear that Lee has never, in his life, taken any governments or civics courses. It is also clear that he either doesn’t listen to or he doesn’t understand specific explanations. For the last time (I hope) we, THE PEOPLE, elect representatives to serve on boards of directors. Water boards, school boards, fire boards, etc. We can vote them in and we can vote them out. Get it??

  5. I Get it   July 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Pink, you must have voted for our wonderful president. That’s why we are all in the mess we are in!

  6. Pink   July 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    @Comment #5: Why would you say that? Simply because I understand how government works? As a matter of fact I didn’t vote for the current president, but I don’t understand what our president has to do with the question of how a water board like RMWD or FPUD works. We (the people) elect a board of 5 members to represent us. We cannot vote at their meetings. Simple really. So why don’t you and Lee understand it? Didn’t you vote for any of these people on the boards? If not, you have no complaint now do you? please, educate yourselves. BTW I think that Lee did vote for Obama….. I won’t be mean spirited however and add, "it figures….."

  7. Lee   July 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Where is the TRUE democracy where THE PEOPLE can vote on things DIRECTLY? Where?

  8. Pink   July 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Seriously Lee? Look around you. We have had this Democracy for over 200 years. Government by Representation. Have you ever heard of the Congress, the Senate, the House of Representatives? Governor’s? Assemblymen? Any of these ringing a bell? It would be impossible, with the billions of people in this country, not to mention this state, to be able to vote on every single item that comes up. That is ludicrous. It would cost millions of dollars annually in election fees alone. Then our taxes would have to go up about a billion percent to help fund it! WE do have a say. We elect the people we think (and hope) best represent us personally. That isn’t always the case, and sometimes I’m real upset about the people we end up with. It’s a crap shoot. If you want to have a voice in something in particular, go to a board meeting. Stand up and be heard. Voice your opinion. Write letters. Vote. But please stop asking the same silly question over and over again, when you (hopefully) know what the answer is. No, you cannot vote on a board agenda item, unless you are a member of that board. Hopefully by now both you and "I get it" get it.

  9. I don't get it   July 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Do you ever proof read your comments, Pink? What is ludicrous is the following statement you made: “with billions of people in this country.” Man did you just fall off of the turnip truck?

  10. Huh?   July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Civics 101, Lee. We are not a democracy; never have been. We are a Federal Constitutional Republic.

  11. Pink   July 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Well golly Comment #9, pardon the heck out of me, with all the numbers I was trying, probably in vain, to get across to people like Lee (and obviously you) I wrote billions instead of millions (there are well over 300 million people in the US.) Don’t you believe that that is still way too many people to try to get to vote on every single issue in the country every day of the week?? Clearly it is too much to hope for to try and educate people that just don’t want to know how things work in the real world. Did I just fall off the turnip truck? First, I’m not a man; and second, no I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, but you did if you believe that it is possible for everyone in the country, the state, and the county, to vote on every single item that comes up before every board, commission, or planning authority. I repeat. That idea is ludicrous.

  12. @Pink   July 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I have been reading your comments for the past 6 months…you are right on and I appreciate your knowledge and understanding written in only a few sentences…

    I am wondering, if one IS NOT A REGISTERED VOTER….then one has never seen a ballot, therefore, has not read the voting supplemental prior to an election.

  13. SB   July 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Lee, I don’t want a vote. I’m not a water management expert. I have no idea what their emergency measures should be. I want the experts to do the best job they can at providing safe, affordable water. It’s true that at times there’s a fine line between consumer vigilance and oversight and letting people do their jobs. But it doesn’t appear that they’ve crossed the line here at all, just streamlined things a little bit in the case of an emergency. I’m all for that.

  14. Pink   July 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Thank you comment #12. I think you may be right about certain people not being registered voters, that would certainly explain their complete lack of knowledge about our voting process. I’m equally sure that some people slept through American History and Government classes as well.


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