Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent
Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing
the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to
increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee
for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this
week that revealed that Californians actually have increased
their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a
spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency,
Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal
“special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers,
who passed that rate on to customers.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in
one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble
making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major
increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering
if the effort is worth it.
In April, the city [Detroit] set a target of cutting
service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind
on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000
warnings and cut off service to 4,531.
The East Bay’s largest water supplier failed to give the public
an adequate explanation of a 9.75 percent water increase, the
first of two big increases in consecutive years, Alameda County’s
civil grand jury has concluded.
“Residents are deluging the city with hundreds of calls a day
about new drought water penalty charges they say are confusing,
poorly explained and unfair to those who have already cut their