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Local Golf Club at Center of New Water Rights Litigation

Water is a critical issue in Southern California, particularly during this historic drought. We’ve talked a lot about water on this blog, including recent articles about the Santa Margarita Water District’s mandatory water conservation policies and the Capistrano Taxpayers Association water rate litigation. We’ve received word that there is yet another legal battle over water [...]

SJC Residents Have an Opportunity to Hear an Opposing View on Water Rates at Tonight’s CTA Forum

We have previously provided information about workshops offered by the City of San Juan Capistrano to residents who have questions about City water rates and related issues. Tonight offers residents an opportunity to hear a different perspective on the water rate structure. Tonight, the Capistrano Taxpayers Association (CTA) will host its own water rate information [...]

Capistrano Taxpayers Association Provides Update on Water Rate Litigation

Community Common Sense has published an update on the water rate litigation, written by one of the founders of the Capistrano Taxpayers Association, the group that filed the lawsuit alleging that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure was invalid and violated California’s Prop 218. After CTA won in the trial court, the City has [...]

San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano Mayors Talk about the Future of South Orange County

The newly appointed mayors of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano (Tim Brown, Lisa Bartlett and Sam Allevato) sat down with the publishers of the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications to talk about the future of South Orange County. You should read the entire article here, but we wanted to highlight some [...]

SJC Water Lawyer Writes Water Rate Litigation Article

We’ve been discussing the growing number of constituencies watching the San Juan Capistrano water rate litigation as it unfolds, and we’ve been trying to provide a range of facts and opinions on the case and its implications. Recently, we offered our own primer on the water rate litigation, and last week we linked to a [...]

Stanford Think Tank Summarizes San Juan Capistrano Water Rate Litigation

The San Juan Capistrano water rate litigation is attracting the attention of municipal water watchers around the State. Astute readers know that we provided a water rate litigation primer in this article. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West (both Stanford University affiliated environmental think tanks) [...]

Parties Discussing Settlement in San Juan Water Rate Litigation

The Capistrano Dispatch is on the San Juan water rate litigation story, too. Their latest article is here. Noted in the article is the attempt by the parties to negotiate a settlement out of court. A quick settlement would be in everyone’s best interests, and it is good to see the sides (which have at [...]

Brief Primer on San Juan Capistrano Tiered Water Rate Litigation and Appeal

Have you been following the lawsuit over San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure? If so, you know that the San Juan Capistrano City Council has appealed an adverse trial court ruling in Orange County Superior Court holding that the city’s tiered rate structure (a structure used by many Southern California cities) violates Proposition 218 [...]

Meet the Candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council

There are two seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council up for election on November 6, 2012. They are currently occupied by Sam Allevato and Laura Freese, who with Mayor Larry Kramer and Mayor Pro Tem John Taylor constitute a four person majority on the five member Council. Councilman Derek Reeve is the fifth [...]