“In Mission Springs Water District v. Verjil, a California appellate court invalidated voter initiatives that had proposed to reduce a water district’s recently adopted rate increases and limit the amount the district could raise future rates to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index.
“The Placer County Water Agency approved a two-stage double-digit increase in water rates at its meeting Thursday. … The rate hike was largely based on a sharp increase the agency will pay to acquire water from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.”
“Under the proposal before the state Public Utilities Commission, Marysville residents are looking at an average 18.4 percent hike in Cal Water rates next year under the three-year application. Increases would be 20.1 percent and 9.4 percent in subsequent years, for a total increase of 47.9 percent.”
“Even more pressure has been applied to the city [of Davis] this week and the water utility rates it approved earlier this year to pay for the surface water project.
“Not only was the city’s legal team denied a chance Wednesday to speed up the ruling on the lawsuit that’s been lodged against the rates — important for city officials because they want to approach lenders without litigation tied to the rates in order to pick up the best possible financing for Davis’ $111 million share of the surface water project — but it also learned Tuesday that an ini
“A large swath of Placer County residents along the Interstate 80 corridor will see a double-digit increase in their water rates over the next two years under a proposal being considered by their provider.
“Placer County Water Agency officials say the proposed hikes – 9.1 percent in 2014 and 3.7 percent in 2015 – are in response to a sharp increase in what they pay for water from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.”
“California has just experienced one of the driest springs in nearly a century and water storage levels are dropping as the hot summer plods on.” David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association, and Capital Public Radio’s Sacramento Region Reporter Bob Moffitt were interviewed about water issues.
“Improved access to public records, reductions in prison contraband and renegotiating municipal water rates for two Valley cities are just some of the recommendations found in the 2012-2013 Imperial County Grand Jury final report.”
“San Diego County supervisors should be commended for seeking to make it easier for property owners in agricultural zones to brew beer and make cheese. … Agriculture now has a $5.1 billion impact on the local economy, supervisors say, and yet farmers face ‘a growing host of challenges,’ including the rising cost of water.”