Water Authority Presses MWD for Transparency in Delta Land Deal

A Nov. 5, 2015 letter from the San Diego County Water Authority delegates to MWD’s Board of Directors sought to ensure details and purpose of a potential purchase option for four islands located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta are made public to the extent required by California law.  The Water Authority wrote the letter to express concerns that a subsequent closed session discussion about the purchase option might exceed the limits of exemptions to the open meeting requirements.

“The Water Authority requests that the board meeting agenda be revised to include an open board meeting presentation and discussion regarding the purpose of the option prior to the closed session discussion of the price and terms,” wrote the Water Authority’s General Counsel.  “I am advised that the MWD Board of Directors has never been informed of or discussed in open session the purpose of the option to purchase the properties listed…. the purpose of a real property aquisition cannot be presented to the Board outside the bounds described in the Attorney General opinion…The Water Authority requests that the board meeting agenda be revised to include an open board meeting presentation regarding the purpose of the option to purchase the properties prior to the closed session discussion of price and terms.”

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