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April 30, 1995
(Times staff writer) Chris Woodyard's April 11 article on Santa Margarita Water District's association with Santa Margarita Co. presented a grossly distorted view of events conjured up by J. P. Morgan (Securities Inc.), which stands to make several million dollars in bond underwriting fees if the proposed takeover of the district by California-American Water Co. is successful. The basic thrust of the article is wholly incorrect. The district showed no favoritism toward Santa Margarita Co. No "credits" have been issued and no debt has been "swept" aside.
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OPINION
August 15, 2012
Re "Is this water project worth the risk?," Editorial, Aug. 6 After two years of extensive studies, the Santa Margarita Water District board of directors certified the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project's final environmental impact report. If it becomes operational, the project would provide a supplemental water supply for the district and others in Southern California, increasing reliability to many dependent on imported water. The report includes mitigation measures that reduce most impacts below a significant level.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Residents who want to run for positions on the Santa Margarita Water District board must file candidate statements by 5 p.m. today. As of Thursday, no one had filed to run against the five incumbents, said Rosalyn Lever, a spokesperson for the Registrar of Voters. Four of the five current trustees--Sean Barrett, Jim Holmes, Bob Lay and Betty H. Olson--have filed their candidate statements, Lever said, and incumbent James E. Mizell is expected to do so today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
One of the West's most ambitious private water marketing proposals has taken a step forward with the environmental approval ofCadiz Inc.'s plans to sell massive amounts of Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California. The board of the Santa Margarita Water District, which serves 155,000 customers in south Orange County, voted 5 to 0 Tuesday night to sign off on the project's environmental impact report under state law. The board also agreed to buy one-tenth of the project's proposed annual yield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1987
Los Alisos and Santa Margarita water districts selected new directors in Tuesday's election by mail-in ballot in which one vote was counted for every dollar of property value the voter owned. Jack T. Eagan, 57, an incumbent, and Daniel R. Rainey, 37, and Gary D. Cronk, 36, are the new directors of Los Alisos Water District after the four-candidate election. The 1,121 votes cast represented $266,170,217 in property value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1993
The latest tales of mismanagement from the Santa Margarita Water District lift the goings-on to a new level by raising questions of fiduciary responsibility. It's one thing to spend money like a drunken sailor on lavish meals and limousines and claim them as perks. It's quite another to put public ratepayers' money at risk. The new disclosures show that the district purchased a $2-million certificate of deposit in July of 1991 from a bank on the verge of insolvency.
NEWS
March 29, 1993 | MARK PLATTE and GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Each year, Don Greek sends out a general invitation asking hunting enthusiasts to join him for a few days of bagging elk or deer in Colorado or javelina in Arizona. One particular year, Greek, who owns a local civil engineering firm, asked an old college classmate, Walter W. (Bill) Knitz, if he'd like to go on one of the trips.
NEWS
March 22, 1994 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and JEFF BRAZIL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One year after scandal shook the Santa Margarita Water District out of obscurity, prosecutors charged two former top managers Monday with illegally taking thousands of dollars in gifts from companies that relied on their help in securing government contracts. The Orange County district attorney's office brought a total of 38 misdemeanor charges against Walter W. (Bill) Knitz, 62, the former general manager of the district, and Michael P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1993 | RENE LYNCH and MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The general manager of the Santa Margarita Water District terminated a multimillion-dollar construction contract that had been awarded through competitive bidding and recommended it be given to a rival firm later shown to have overcharged the district more than $1 million. The action by General Manager Walter W.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1995 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The once-troubled Santa Margarita Water District wiped away an $11.4-million debt owed last summer by the Santa Margarita Co. while it was raising rates by as much as 25% for homeowners and others, according to a financial analysis obtained by The Times Orange County. In addition to the $11.4-million "credit," the development company also received a large break on the normal interest charges it had to pay on the remaining $5 million it owed, according to an analysis by the J.P.
OPINION
August 24, 2003
Re "A Murky Side to Water Business," Aug. 3: Past events at the Santa Margarita Water District resurfaced in this article. The article mentioned that the misbehaviors occurred more than a decade ago under a board of directors that is no longer serving; I'd like to focus on how the district has since become an example in efficiency and quality service. As the mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita, I have been impressed watching the district successfully serve a customer base that has nearly doubled since 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The general manager of Santa Margarita Water District now may authorize emergency sewer- or water-system repairs costing more than $25,000. He had been restricted to approving repairs that cost less. The district's trustees approved the policy change Feb. 27. Emergencies could include broken water mains or sewer lines. The water district serves about 110,000 people in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Las Flores and inland southern Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Jim Mizell has been appointed president of the Santa Margarita Water District, the agency's board announced Thursday. Mizell, chief financial officer of Koll Construction, has been on the board for eight years. The water district is the second largest in Orange County, serving 52,000 customers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Las Flores and inland southern Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Santa Margarita Water District customers will see a property tax cut next year. The district's board of directors voted last month to reduce water infrastructure-related property tax rates that are used to repay bonds. Increases in assessed property values throughout the service area and a growing consumer base allowed the district to cut rates. Savings vary in different areas that the district serves. The rates have been cut by an average of: * 9% in Mission Viejo; * 3.6% in Las Flores; * 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2001
Santa Margarita Water District is getting two generators that officials said could save the district $80,000 annually in energy costs. The two energy-efficient microturbines will be fueled by methane gas released through the sewage treatment process at the Chiquita Water Reclamation Plant. They can generate 525,600 kilowatt hours per year, which is 15% of the power needed to operate the plant and would cost nearly $80,000 at current power rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2001
Despite dramatically higher energy costs, the Santa Margarita Water District's board of directors has announced that it will not increase water rates during the upcoming fiscal year. The district will instead use interest earned on its cash reserves to offset higher electricity rates. Using interest from the reserve accounts will have no impact on the district's ability to complete planned projects, the board said in its announcement Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2001 | Tami Min, (714) 966-7410
The statewide electricity crisis will not affect water rates for now for customers of the Santa Margarita Water District, General Manager John J. Schatz announced. The district, the county's second-largest, serves Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza and portions of inland southern Orange County, including the Ladera Ranch and Talega communities. "So far, we have been able to insulate customers against the rising costs of power," Schatz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (714) 966-5642
The Santa Margarita Water District began construction of a waste-water pipeline along Los Alisos Boulevard on Monday. This is the second phase of the project, which will extend the pipeline from 2nd Street to Trabuco Road. Construction will cause temporary road closures and traffic delays. Construction will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 6.
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