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Flashback — Nov. 2000-Nov. 2002

Nov. 13, 2000

CUC to clamp down on tampered meters

The utility agency is expected to clamp down on customers with tampered meter and illegal connections to reduce impact on revenue collections as operating expenses continue to rise in the next few months. Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Board Chair Jesus T. Guerrero has ordered management to strictly enforce regulations against meter tampering in view of the financial woes confronting the government-owned corporation. “We don’t want CUC to be on the losing side,” he said when he issued the order last week. At present, the agency has about 108 customers who are not metered and are paying a flat rate for power and water services, most of them are buildings housing government offices.

Charfauros family sues US gov’t for $100M

The estate of Jose T. Charfauros has filed a $100 million civil suit before the Superior Court on Tinian against the U.S. government for allegedly causing the death of Charfauros due to exposure to asbestos. A former U.S. Navy personnel, Charfauros was found to have significant exposure to asbestos causing him to have lung cancer which had spread to his bone and the pelvis. According to a medical report by Steven S. Wilson, assistant chief of the Department of Radiology at Tripler Army Medical Center, the lung cancer of Mr. Charfauros was most likely caused by the asbestos since he was a nonsmoker.

Nov. 13, 2001

PSS upbeat on teacher improvement

The Public School System is steadfastly working to elevate the quality of its classroom teachers through a series of remediation and in-service training programs. A report released by the PSS Human Resources Office last week indicated that out of 531 public school teachers in the system, only 38 percent or 204 hold Bachelor and/or Master degrees in Elementary Education. But the report noted some 52 percent of PSS teachers that hold degrees in content areas. These educators majored in specific course fields that are offered in junior and senior high schools.

Supreme Court introduces new operating procedures

The Supreme Court, in an administrative order issued last week, introduced new operating procedures, primarily establishing the Office of the Chief Justice’s significant role in the review and approval of matters concerning the judicial system. The order, signed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Miguel S. Demapan and Associate Justices Alexandro C. Castro and John A. Manglona, mandates that all proposed rules governing civil and criminal procedure, judicial ethics and other matters of judicial administration be submitted to the Chief Justice for review, approval, and transmittal to the Legislature. The new judicial mandate also requires the presiding judge of the Superior Court and the Executive Director of the Law Revision Commission to submit the proposed budget of their respective offices with appropriate justifications not later than January 15 of each year.

Nov. 13, 2002

CUC spent $36K for overseas trips

Some $36,000 was used by the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation to fund the overseas travels of certain government officials, mostly lawmakers, in the last three years. CUC records showed that in 2000, five senators and a member of the House of Representatives traveled overseas on the utility firm’s accounts. Their travel costs reached $22,161. The records showed that Sen. David M. Cing traveled twice: first to Sydney on Aug. 24 to 27, 2000, to tour water desalination facilities of the Aluminates Group; and to Guam from July 11 to 15, 2000, to tour facilities and meet officials of the Aluminates Group. He spent over $5,000 for both travels.

DPW solves Puerto Rico dump soil woes

Public Works Secretary Juan S. Reyes yesterday claimed that the department has solved Puerto Rico dumpsite’s soil cover problem. Reyes said the DPW has also identified a source of soil that would be enough not only for the dump’s daily cover but also for the closure of the decades-old facility. Tons of soil would come from the site of the Susupe Sports Complex Track and Field project being undertaken by the DPW. The project site covers several acres. “Right now, we are able to get a supply of topsoil from [the] Track and Field project,” Reyes said in an interview. “We have excess supply of topsoil that’s enough to cover most of our need. Hopefully, that will solve the problem.”

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