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County water district wins a round against L.A.'s Metro

In tentative ruling, judge says Metro's rates too high

The San Diego County Water Authority won a tentative ruling late yesterday (Feb. 25) in its two long-running lawsuits against Los Angeles's Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies 46 percent of the county's water.

San Francisco Superior Court judge Curtis E.A. Kernow tentatively ruled that in setting rates for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California violated cost of service requirements of the state constitution, statutes, and common law.

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The parties to the suit will have 15 days to file objections to the court's order, after which the court will issue a final statement of decision. A second phase of the trial will be scheduled on the water authority's claims based on breach of contract and preferential rights, according to the San Diego County Water Authority.

Both sides issued self-serving statements. The tentative ruling "validates the difficult and extraordinary measures the [San Diego County Water Authority] was forced to take the ratepayers and economy of San Diego County," said Thomas V. Wornham, chair of the authority's board of directors.

Said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of California, which serves 19 million people in six counties, "We look forward to the coming steps in the judicial process to demonstrate that a rate structure that fairly and equitably recovers all the cost of delivering safe, high-quality, and reliable water is in the interest of all Southern Californians."

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The San Diego County Water Authority won a tentative ruling late yesterday (Feb. 25) in its two long-running lawsuits against Los Angeles's Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies 46 percent of the county's water.

San Francisco Superior Court judge Curtis E.A. Kernow tentatively ruled that in setting rates for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California violated cost of service requirements of the state constitution, statutes, and common law.

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The parties to the suit will have 15 days to file objections to the court's order, after which the court will issue a final statement of decision. A second phase of the trial will be scheduled on the water authority's claims based on breach of contract and preferential rights, according to the San Diego County Water Authority.

Both sides issued self-serving statements. The tentative ruling "validates the difficult and extraordinary measures the [San Diego County Water Authority] was forced to take the ratepayers and economy of San Diego County," said Thomas V. Wornham, chair of the authority's board of directors.

Said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of California, which serves 19 million people in six counties, "We look forward to the coming steps in the judicial process to demonstrate that a rate structure that fairly and equitably recovers all the cost of delivering safe, high-quality, and reliable water is in the interest of all Southern Californians."

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I pay 144 every month which seems excessive to me. In city and I have almost no front yard, desert conditions in my back yard. I think I should get money, not pay. I watch scams, really thanks to you.Thanks Don. I guess they give money back, but not all the years they stole cash. Help us get money stolen by Ed Brand, Southbay I can't prove, but is true.

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shirleyberan: Your bill may seem excessive, but it may well go up if the drought turns out to be decades or more long. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 26, 2014

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