Sept. 17, 2013
Tim Dewar, email@example.com
In what amounted to little more than an exercise in scheduling, Superior Court Judge Mark Borrell set Oct. 15 for a hearing date on the Golden State Water Company (GSWC) lawsuit, filed in March, that sought to vacate resolutions adopted by Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) relating to the Aug. 27 Measure V election.
GSWC contends that the voter-approved measure, which seeks to use a Mello-Roos property tax to fund a takeover of the private company, is not a legal use of that funding mechanism. Borrell ruled in early June that he would wait until the election was decided before taking up the question. Measure V was approved by almost 88 percent of the voters in the proposed Community Facilities District.
Attorneys for both sides compared calendars and eventually settled on the Oct. 15 date.
Casitas attorneys also requested, and received approval from Borrell, to submit an additional response to GSWC’s legal arguments. Over protestations by GSWC attorney George Soneff, Borrell agreed to accept no more than four pages of additional documentation by Sept. 26. He also allowed GSWC to submit a four-page response by Oct. 3 if it wished.
After the hearing, which lasted approximately 10 minutes, Soneff declined comment other than to say, “Nothing substantive happened today.”
Casitas attorney Jeffrey Oderman said only that his client is glad this issue will be resolved soon.