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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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Water agency unfair to San Diego

Founded in 1928, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is a confederation of 27 local water agencies that stretches from the Mexican border north to Santa Barbara.

MWD has been the dominant purveyor of imported water to this region for most of its history, acting as a secret, shadow government. It created an impenetrable megalith that did as it wished until the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) dared to guarantee its own source of this vital resource and secure its own water supply.

This quest began in 1995 as a result of MWD’s arcane “preferential rights” policy, which gives the Los Angeles region privileged access to MWD’s water during a drought. About 85 percent of San Diego’s water supplies came from MWD. Los Angeles’ need for backup water in a drought could balloon from 34 percent to 65 percent or more.

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Metropolitan Water District board to consider reduction in rate increase

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s largest wholesale water agency, today will consider a reduction in a 5 percent rate increase scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

MWD has more money since water sales are up and expenses are down, leading to an increase in the district’s reserves, according to a staff memorandum from General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger and Gary Breaux, chief financial officer.

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Set Public Hearing to Consider Suspending Section 124.5 of the Metropolitan Water District Act to Maintain the Current Ad Valorem Tax Rate

Water Wars Spreading

Riverside’s water authority hired a consultant for $15,000 a month to work with key stakeholders in San Diego, like the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council. The San Diego County Water Authority, CWA, is wondering why.

The allegation is that Riverside is siding with the powerful LA-based Metropolitan Water District, which is locked in a legal battle with San Diego over water rates. CWA claims MWD is overcharging San Diego for water to the tune of $50 million a year.

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.

 

Metropolitan Water District spending questioned as water bills double

Request for Negotiation under Paragraph 11.1 of the Amended and Restated Agreement between the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority

SD water officials contend “secret society” of agencies hurt region

County water authority claims Metropolitian maneuvers for unfair rate hikes                                                     

U-T San Diego – San Diego County water officials intensified their bitter feud with the Metropolitan Water District Monday, releasing hundreds of pages of emails and other records that they claim expose a secret “shadow government” of agencies formed to undermine a local water deal…

San Diego County Water Authority to protest MWD’s rates at Monday hearing