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As Gov. Jerry Brown nears retirement, his two big public works projects remain iffy

Notwithstanding his penchant for obscure philosophical aphorisms, sometimes delivered in Latin, at his core Jerry Brown is a largely conventional politician. Therefore, while he repeatedly denies it, as political protocol dictates, he certainly is concerned with the legacy he’ll leave when his record-long, bifurcated governorship ends 18 months hence. Of course, there will be the […]

More misinformation from the Metropolitan Water District

In The Valley Roadrunner on March 15, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California told North County Residents, farmers, breweries and biotechnology companies that the source of 100 percent of the water flowing to them from MWD is from MWD’s Northern California supply source – which it notes is higher quality water – and “not […]

San Diego leaders at war over water; Decades old battle could mean millions

Regional leaders in San Diego county demanded Wednesday the Metropolitan Water District  “stop the spending.” The San Diego County Board of Supervisors also adopted a resolution supporting an effort to reclaim nearly $250 million in what it called “illegal charges” by the water district, which sells water to the San Diego County Water Authority. “It’s […]

Water Authority: San Diegans overcharged for water

Local civic and business leaders have launched a “Stop the Spending” campaign when it comes to water rates. The San Diego County Water Authority says San Diegans are being overcharged for water. The agency is calling on one of its main suppliers – the Metropolitan Water District – to stop unnecessary water rate increases. “This […]

LA’s Metropolitan Water District Overcharges, San Diego Leaders Say

San Diego County is calling on the powerful Metropolitan Water District to return what local leaders say is $250 million in illegal charges over a number of years. The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday supporting efforts by the San Diego County Water Authority to recover money the authority says was taken by a […]

San Diego Co. Water Authority starts “Stop the Spending” Campaign

The San Diego County Water Authority says customers are being overcharged for water and it’s blaming one of its main suppliers. Water is a resource we can’t live without, but does that make it priceless? The San Diego County Water Authority says no and we’re overpaying for it. The water authority says the Metropolitan Water […]

Long Beach Water Rates Could Shift This Summer

People could see a slight change in their water bill beginning July 1 as the city adjusts its rate structure. Long Beach Water Department General Manager Chris Garner said the department must conduct its periodic cost analysis of how it charges for water, as required by Proposition 218. The state law requires that utilities charge […]

Massive $340-million turf rebate program plagued by poor planning and oversight, audit finds

 The Metropolitan Water District’s massive $340-million turf rebate program — which helped thousands of Southern Californians rip out their lawns in favor of drought-tolerant landscaping — was plagued by poor planning and oversight by the agency, a new audit found. The rebate program was a key element of California’s drought response, and officials say it […]

Grass Warfare in L.A.

“We thought we were doing the right thing to save water,” Staci Terrace Goldfarb, a Southern California homeowner, said late last winter. “I hate looking at it.” It had been a little more than a year since Goldfarb had the small, semicircular lawn in front of her 1960 Cape Cod in the San Fernando Valley […]

Angry words over unanswered questions on California tunnels

Tensions over unanswered questions on how California’s largest water district might help pay for two proposed giant water tunnels boiled over into cursing at a meeting of the water district’s board members. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is pushing to get financing and regulatory approval squared away for the $15.7 billion water tunnels. The 35-mile-long tunnels […]

New questions over California water project

Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels. Critics said the government funding described by […]

Delta tunnels don’t pencil out, UOP economist says

A prominent Sacramento-area economist says Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to overhaul the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta doesn’t make financial sense, with costs far outweighing the benefits. Jeff Michael of the University of the Pacific, who has been a persistent critic of Brown’s plan to build a pair of massive tunnels beneath the Delta, […]