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KPCC Story on San Juan Water Rate Litigation

Radio station KPCC recently did a story on San Juan Capistrano’s water rate litigation.

The city of San Juan Capistrano, which helped pioneer conservation-minded water rates in Southern California, is now the site of a dispute around whether those rates are permissible. Residents have challenged the city’s “tiered pricing” system in a lawsuit that’s being [...]

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 [...]

One the Eve of the Signature Deadline, SJC Recall Calls it Quits

The campaign to recall San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato faced an important deadline today. As you might remember from this article, today was the day the signatures were due:

The recall organizers, Residents for Honest Government, now have 120 day to gather signatures from 20 percent of San Juan Capistrano’s 17,511 registered voters, or [...]

Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink…

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.

In the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Mariner used this famous turn of phrase to describe the torment of his crew’s thirst surrounded by undrinkable sea water. It might be equally apt when applied to modern day Southern California suffering through a drought of [...]

San Juan City Attorney Addresses Water Rate Questions; We’re Not Impressed

The SJC Patch has printed a “FAQ” published by the City of San Juan Capistrano regarding the water rate litigation. You can read it here at the Patch (we tried to find the original but could not do so on the City’s website, so we are relying on what the Patch has published). In any [...]

San Juan Schedules Three Water Rate Meetings

In December, the city of San Juan Capistrano hosted a water forum with the goal of educating the community on issues related to water generation, distribution and billing. Anecdotally, some attendees wondered if the forum was merely an attempt to sway public opinion over the controversial Groundwater Recovery Plant and tiered water rates that are [...]

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) [...]