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Will Angelinos be Submerged In a New Water Tunnel Tax?

VOICES – It’s still Chinatown, and like Jake, we can’t forget it. On Tuesday (June 11), the powerful Metropolitan Water District (known as Met) will vote to take the first step towards raising property taxes to help pay for Governor Brown’s coveted twin-tunnel project 350 miles north of Los Angeles at an estimated price tag of $50 billion. The tunnels would deliver more water to California’s biggest corporate agribusinesses and oil companies in the Central Valley while southern California taxpayers and ratepayers would get most of the bill and no new water.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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.