Update from Neighbors for Better Water

Dear Property Owner,

As most of you know, we have been working to replace the current management’s board of directorswith homeowners that will manage the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company responsibly. Thanks to the many of you who signed our proxies, the San Mateo County Superior Court, at our request, has ordered the company to have a board election. We took this action because current management prevented the shareholders from electing board members at the last shareholder meeting and refused our demand to hold a fair election.

You recently received mailings from the management of the company announcing the shareholder meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.,and asking you to sign a proxy for them to vote on your behalf to preserve their control of the Company. Many of our neighbors have contacted us with concerns that these mailings were confusing, and that they stated that state funding and resulting customer savings depend on your signing the management’s proxy. Please know, this assertion is NOT true.

A supervisor of the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water’s Santa Clara District Office has confirmed that, contrary to what management tells you, the Company is not“in the final stages of obtaining a GRANTfrom the state” to pay for all this long-delayed work.  In fact, NO FUNDShave been awarded for these projects, and the process of getting the grant that management promises could still take another year and a half.  He emphasized that “PAPMWC has not been approved for grant funding,” and that the “statement that they are is premature and possibly wishful thinking.” The company’s lack of maintenance has saddled us all with a 2-million-dollar backlog of undone work and no money to pay for it.

We urge you NOT to sign the management’s proxy, as you will be supporting the people who have created this mess.  Instead, either come to the shareholder meeting and vote yourself, or sign one of our proxies. It’s time for a change.

If you can attend the meeting and vote for change in person, please join us on Tuesday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m.

If you cannot attend the meeting, and you have not given us your proxy already, please join us in voting for change by giving us your proxy.  Download a Proxy sign it and mail it back to us.

Even if you have already signed the company proxy, you can still vote for change by either attending the meeting and voting in person, or signing and returning ourproxy form, making sure that you sign and date the proxy form at least one dayafter the date on which you signed the company proxy.

Neighbors for Better Water


Author: shannon

Shannon and his wife April have lived in East Palo Alto since they were married in 1991. He is the Executive Director of the Ravenswood Youth Athletic Association, which oversees the soccer club that plays at Cesar Chavez school in East Palo Alto.

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