“Consumers are advised to settle their March, April, and May bills through partial payments, in any of the collecting agents until Aug. 15,” it added./PN According to Baciwa, they are making the corrections in the billings and the corresponding adjustments will be reflected in the July bills. “On June reading has been estimated to have a 100 percent increase from the average water consumption reading,” he said. Gamboa pointed out that Baciwa is a government owned and controlled corporation created by law with the task to provide clean and potable water to Bacolod City constituents and the same is imbued with public interest.Gamboa also earlier authored a resolution requesting the management of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) to explain the increase in charges and rates during the quarantine period. Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., author of the resolution, cited that Baciwa’s April and May water billing where all based on a computed average water consumption reading. BACOLOD City – Amid mounting consumer complaints, the Sangguniang Panlungsod here has ordered Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) to explain the “hefty increase” in the water bills of their consumers for the past three months.This move came after the SP passed a resolution during its regular session on Wednesday. On June 30, Baciwa released an advisory apologizing to the consuming public for the erroneous billings issued for the month of June. “The errors were brought about by the adjustments made in the billing system, during the enhanced community quarantine,” Baciwa said.
The Batesville traveled to Indianapolis early Saturday morning to participate in the Southport Invitational. The ladies struggled a bit but came in a respectable 4th place with 88 points getting beat by top teams from Zionsville-57 points, Connersville-61 points and Brownsburg-71 points.Running top for the Bulldogs and coming in 4th overall was Kelsey Gausman. Kelsey also ran a personal best and set a new school record by 1 second, finishing at 19:57. All of the varsity runners were in the top 30 or the race. Sarah Poltrack came in 2nd for the team at 18th, followed by Mary Poltrack and Maria Wessel crossing a half a second within each other at 20th and 21th. They were closely followed by Emma Gausman at 25th, Katie Baumer, 27th and Kylie Lehman, 30th.The JV race was scored and Batesville came in 3rd, behind Zionsville and Brownburg. Leading the way for the JV squad was Madeleine Robben who crossed the line in 10th position. She was followed by a pack of Bulldogs placing 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th place. They were Molly Weigel, Breanna Hartman, Mary Catherine Barnett and Candice Roell. Besides Kelsey, personal best times were run by Sarah Canady and Candice Roell. Congratulations ladies!The Dogs are busy this week as they will be competing in two Invitationals. Tuesday, Batesville will be hosting their Invitational and also honoring thier 5 boy seniors and 2 girls and on Thursday they travel to Greesburg to compete in their Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
More bad news broke Tuesday about alleged discrimination at the Los Angeles Fire Department, as interim LAFD Chief Douglas L. Barry recounted his accomplishments in trying to right a department tarnished by scandals. The disclosure of an incident at a West L.A. fire station came during a news conference in which Barry assessed his first 100 days since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him as head of the 3,500-member organization. “The truth is we will never be able to prevent every act of stupidity, but it is the response that tells the real story,” the mayor said. Officials refused to offer details of the case, which was disclosed days after news reports surfaced of an ongoing internal investigation into alleged harassment against an African-American firefighter at a North Hollywood firehouse. That firefighter told investigators he found a banana inside his locker and white lotion smeared on his clothing and uniform. “I’m extremely disappointed that our people don’t recognize these issues,” said Barry, flanked by Villaraigosa and members of the civilian Los Angeles Fire Commission. “I’m as amazed as you are. I have no patience for this kind of behavior. It will not be tolerated.” Barry, a 31-year LAFD veteran who is African-American, became interim chief Jan. 1 after former Chief William Bamattre’s retirement. Villaraigosa has touted him as a “change agent.” “He’s brought intensity, intelligence and integrity and he’s provided leadership and an intimate knowledge of this great department,” Villaraigosa said. “The chief has already begun to work to create a culture of respect at every single fire station, where hazing and harassment are unacceptable.” Litany of problems Barry assumed the post amid several high-profile harassment and discrimination cases that resulted in millions in settlements and payouts. An audit by City Controller Laura Chick’s agency aired problems with lax discipline, gender and racial discrimination and a desire by some to downplay offenses. And earlier this month, a jury awarded $1.73 million to Lewis S. Bressler, a Los Angeles firefighter who said he was forced to retire for blowing the whistle on harassment of a colleague. That firefighter, Brenda Lee, has a pending case against the city alleging harassment by her superiors because she is African-American and a lesbian. Also unresolved is the case of former Firefighter Tennie Pierce, an African-American who filed a discrimination suit after dog food was slipped into his dinner in what colleagues said was a prank. The City Council had approved a $2.7 million settlement, a sum that sparked public outrage. Villaraigosa subsequently vetoed it, and the case is headed for trial this fall. Tougher guidelines To head off further troubles, the department has enacted tougher disciplinary guidelines, and Barry said he has been visiting every firehouse personally to communicate his “zero-tolerance” stance on horseplay, hazing and other bad behavior. “Repeatedly, the LAFD has been unjustly characterized as an organization fraught with widespread insensitivity amongst its members,” he said. “The reality is that the overwhelming majority of our members are extremely hard-working and dedicated individuals. … Recent publicized cases have highlighted incidents where our human-relations efforts can be improved. And we’re working aggressively to do just that.” Among the messages he is asserting: “Your job is in jeopardy by engaging in those behaviors.” No one has been placed on leave so far in either of the two most recent investigations. Jerry Thomas, an LAFD captain and regular critic of the department who is currently on leave, said Barry has to mean what he says. “Once the facts bear everything out and the members are afforded due process, you got to hold them accountable,” he said. “You’ve got to start terminating people. The Fire Department shouldn’t condone that behavior.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!