Public records detailing MWD’s Secret Society’s inner workings posted online
Detailed documents describing how the Metropolitan Water District and a majority of its member agencies worked together to set rates, develop policies and discriminate against San Diego County water ratepayers are now available online.
The more than 500 pages of documents, which were obtained under the California Public Records Act, reveal a “Secret Society” organized in 2009 to direct water rates and other decisions at California’s largest public water district. The documents paint a disturbing picture of how decisions are made on major programs and projects that impact the lives of 19 million Californians who depend upon MWD for all or part of their water supplies. MWD has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and serves a six-county region with an annual economy valued at greater than $1 trillion.
The documents were presented to MWD on March 12 during MWD’s public hearing on its proposed 2013 and 2014 rates and charges. Additionally, a PowerPoint presentation has been developed for the public to quickly learn about the activities of the group and to navigate through the records.