Schipske States WRD Misused Public Funds to Buy Advertisement Featuring WRD President and Candidate, John Allen
Gerrie Schipske, Water Ratepayer Advocate and candidate for the Water Replenishment District #3, today issued the following statement concerning the misuse of public funds by the Water Replenishment District. Schipske points out that the WRD purchased a full-page advertisement in the program booklet given out by the Historical Society of Long Beach during the recent Annual Cemetery Tour. The ad featured a portrait photo of John Allen and a group photograph that identified him as the “president” of WRD.
She issued the following statement:
“WRD is a public agency that assesses the water departments and agencies of local government. Those assessments are passed along to the water ratepayers. By law, the assessments are only to be used to provide water replenishment services. Instead, WRD has a long history of purchasing advertisements promoting its board members.
Less than nine days before the election, WRD placed a full-page advertisement in the program booklet distributed during the Historical Society of Long Beach’s Annual Cemetery Tour. The ad featured a portrait photo of the current candidate, John Allen, and a second photograph with Allen posing as President of the WRD. The ad is clearly a campaign advertisement for Allen.
Water ratepayers should not be paying for the campaign of any WRD member. Leading up to an election, the WRD which is a government agency should refrain from using public funds to pay for any advertisement which features any WRD elected officials.
The last time I checked, the water ratepayers of Long Beach have been continually assessed to pay WRD for its ‘pumping charges.’ This assessment has increased the monthly water bills Long Beach ratepayers are charged. These funds should not be used to pay for the publicity for its elected officials.”
Gerrie Schipske is an attorney and water ratepayer advocate
seeking election to District #3 of the Water Replenishment District.