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From Public Water Now:

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: THE BUSINESS COALITION HAS NOW INVITED SOME PUBLIC WATER REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND TUESDAY’S PRESENTATION BY WATER LAWYER JOE CONNER, SO THE DETAILS AND TONE OF THE PLANNED PROTEST RALLY HAVE BEEN AMENDED.

NEW INFORMATION HERE FROM GEORGE RILEY, FOLLOWED BY ORIGINAL NOTICE FOR THE SAKE OF CONTEXT

FROM GEORGE:
The Business Coalition called me this morning to invite some of our members to the presentation by American Water Works attorney Joe Conner on eminent domain.  And to participate in the Q&A as  appropriate.

Public Water Now promoted this protest because the BC invitation was ‘members only,’ the lack of transparency, and to the one-sided presentation.

Because of the offer to PWN to allow some of us to attend and participate in this ‘educational’ presentation, PWN requests that no signs be used that afternoon.  Instead, PWN requests that it be converted to a vigil, to appear in general silence, and to offer an ‘educational’ handout which PWN will provide.

This last minute change in PWN plans is to honor the Business Coalition changing its plans.

Thank you for honoring this new request.

George T. Riley
Public Water Now

ORIGINAL POST

Cal Am ratepayers and PWN members will gather at 3:30 on Tuesday, June 27 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row to protest the “invitation only” presentation “The True Cost of Condemnation”. The Coalition of Peninsula Businesses is hosting Joe Conner, American Water attorney, who will present his view of the costs and problems the Peninsula would face in an eminent domain takeover of California American Water.

George Riley, Public Water Now managing director, countered, “Joe Connor and his American Water legal team recently fought Missoula’s eminent domain action to take their water public and LOST the case. We want to make sure our business community knows both sides of the story.”

Connor did succeed in driving up the cost of the buyout, from $65 million to $88.4 million, but Missoula’s legal team WON. Missoula took their water system public and they will NOT have to raise rates to customers.

Missoula’s Mayor and two of the attorneys who litigated the case told their story at the PWN public forum in Carmel on June 5th. Watch their presentation here.

Melodie Chrislock, Communications Director
PUBLIC WATER NOW
831.624.2282
MWChrislock@redshift.com

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  • Bob Oliver June 26, 2017, 10:20 am

    There are confiscation laws in place. The local and Federal government uses them. Cal AM rates and mysterious actions with their “high” anomalous water bills constitute fraud and conspiracy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V5nru-shhg&t=32s In 2016 the flow was as shown iin the video clip, and in 2017 it was ten feet higher. Do we really need a Desal Plant for a billion dolars and 3 times our current water rates? ( NO!!! )

  • john moore June 27, 2017, 6:37 am

    I am surprised that PWN is wasting resources to get more public support for a buy-out of Cal Am. I believe that a vote to buy out Cal Am would pass 70/30, unless the Monterey Bay Water Management District was to be the manager of the successor public water district. It has been in bed with Cal Am and is the first cause of the water mess(which is getting worse by the hour). Form a joint power authority composed of those cities within the Cal Am franchise and get on with the election.

    The need to purchase Cal Am is more urgent now than ever: it is needed to save the current failing desal and recycle projects.