From the fine folk at Ojai FLOW…
The judge’s decision (PDF) on March 13, 2014, comes 197 days after August 24, 2013, when proposition V was passed by 87.4% of the voters. Because of this delay caused by the Golden State Water Company (Golden State) lawsuit, we Ojai ratepayers have paid over $1.8 million more than we would have paid to Casitas Municipal Water District (Casitas) for the same amount of water. Once the purchase is complete, we are planning to get back that money and more in a class action lawsuit against Golden State. If Golden State doesn’t appeal the latest decision, the next step will be for Casitas to issue the bonds. See what’s next (PDF) on the Casitas website.
Next Monday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, the Ojai Valley Democratic Club will host a presentation by Steve Wickstrum, the Casitas General Manager. Steve’s talk will be about the effects of the drought on Ojai, but he’ll also answer questions about the Golden State buyout. Members of the Ojai FLOW Steering Committee will be at the meeting, too.
P.S. Golden State’s recent lawsuit had nothing to do with the amount of money Golden State will receive, but only how the money would be obtained. Many ratepayers question why Golden State should even care, since 87% of the voters have said that is what they want to do. Many believe Golden State simply doesn’t want to abide by the contract they have with the City of Ojai that allows them to sell us our water. Please read Section 8 of the Franchise agreement (PDF) Golden State has with the City and decide for yourself.