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Historic win for County Water Authority over MWD villains

On Friday, the San Diego County Water Authority won a historic victory — and sweet vindication — when a judge affirmed its contention that it has been systematically overcharged by the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, known as MWD.

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San Diego County Water Authority announces MWD’s rates violated state law

A judge has upheld his ruling in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District that found the MWD’s rates violated state law, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Friday.

San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow on Thursday affirmed his Feb. 25 tentative ruling that stated MWD rates imposed since 2011 violated several statutes and Proposition 26, which sets the conditions for which taxes and fees can be increased, according to water authority officials, who filed the suit alleging the MWD illegally assigned unrelated water supply costs to its water transportation rates.

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CalAware’s President urges you to citizen up

The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is based on the fundamental principle that the public has a right to public documents. Passed into law in 1968, it has been a part of our lives for so long that it’s easy to take it for granted—believing that it will always remain as it is.

But as recent state budget-related votes have shown, that’s not always true…

So why does this even matter? Well, it matters because information is power and what you don’t know can hurt you.

Take, for example, the ongoing battle between two public agencies—he San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. The SDCWA is a wholesale supplier of water and MWD is its main supplier. MWD sets the rates charged for your drinking water and passes those rates on to SDCWA. Setting those rates is a complicated process, so the more information about how those rates were set, the better. And that’s where this battle gets even more interesting.

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Battling Water Districts Feud Over PR Contract

An L.A.-based water district, which has long been at war with San Diego’s regional water municipality, secretly hired local lobbyists, and hid the work through a small, member agency in Riverside County, according to the San Diego County Water Authority.

California Strategies, LLC, a local lobbying outfit, is being paid $15,000 a month to work on behalf of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) on a San Diego-based public relations campaign, records show. Except, MWD isn’t paying the invoices, a smaller agency in Riverside County with no direct connection to San Diego is funding the work – a point of contention for San Diego water authorities.

To view the related video on NBC 7/39, click herehttp://www.nbcsandiego.com/investigations/video/188675681.html

REGION: Water district sued over records request

A San Diego agency is suing Riverside County’s largest water district for failing to release documents related to a $15,000-a-month consulting contract.

Eastern Municipal Water District, headquartered in Perris, has paid $60,000 to California Strategies, a Sacramento-based public affairs company hired in August to “provide government and community relations strategy” on policy issues, according to documents included in the lawsuit filed Jan. 22 in Riverside.

 

Water war breaks out over PR contract

A Riverside County water agency is spending $15,000 a month on government and community relations in San Diego County, and the water authority here is waging a legal battle to find out why.

The San Diego County Water Authority filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Eastern Municipal Water District in Perris, seeking public documents related to the contract with California Strategies.

 

Metropolitan Water District spending questioned as water bills double

Judge fast-tracks water rate complaint

A Superior Court judge has expedited the San Diego County Water Authority’s challenge to the Metropolitan Water District by allowing two separate water rate lawsuits to be pursued simultaneously.

In the ruling on Friday, Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer said he would coordinate the agency’s two challenges to wholesale water rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District.