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OPINION
September 1, 2013 | By Evan Kleiman
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area's cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource. Historically, there has been no water district to manage allotments.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The FBI served new subpoenas on the Central Basin Municipal Water District this month, expanding a corruption investigation that began with a raid on state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon's office in June. One subpoena sought documents related to a groundwater storage plan that was the subject of long-running legal battle in southeast L.A. County. Investigators also are seeking personnel records for the water district's former general manager, Art Aguilar, and two elected directors, Art Chacon and Robert Apodaca.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The FBI has requested records from the Central Basin Municipal Water District related to a groundwater storage plan that was the subject of bitter, long-running legal battle in southeast Los Angeles County. Investigators are also seeking the personnel records of the water district's former general manager, Art Aguilar, and two elected directors, Art Chacon and Robert Apodaca. The subpoena, obtained by The Times, shows the FBI's investigation into Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, his brother and the water district has continued to expand in the months since Calderon's Capitol office was raided.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Robert Greene
The Times' editorial page on Sunday called for the Metropolitan Water District to adopt a package of ethics reforms that was on a committee agenda Monday and before the full board Tuesday. It passed. Members of the district, which is made up of 26 cities and water agencies, adopted the measure by a vote of 64%. Members' votes are "weighted" by their size based on the number of customers they serve. Members include the city of Los Angeles. And also the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which made the news this year in connection with an FBI raid on the office of state Sen. Ron Calderon . One of his brothers, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, has been a consultant for the Central Basin District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Devin Kelly
The Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has emerged as a key player in the FBI investigation into a state senator, on Thursday sued a politically connected company for allegedly overbilling it by nearly $1 million. The lawsuit marks the beginning of an effort by the new management of Central Basin to change the agency's political culture and investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the old leadership, officials said. Tony Perez, a former Metropolitan Water District engineer who was installed as the district's new general manager in May, said he is trying to understand how the district spent money and awarded contracts.
SCIENCE
July 11, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
After two years of dispute, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District on Thursday announced that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town's water supply. In return for a payment of $3.4 million now -- and a payment in about 50 years of $2.4 million, adjusted for inflation - the DWP has agreed to drop two lawsuits and both sides have agreed never to challenge each other's water rights. The DWP will use the money for water-saving improvements designed to increase flows in the Los Angeles Aqueduct system by 1,779 acre-feet of water annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Rancho Cucamonga structure described as one of the last surviving examples of Chinese worker housing in the region has been included on a list of threatened significant historic places. The Chinatown House was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the trust announced Wednesday. The list also includes the Astrodome, the so-called eighth wonder of the world in Houston; rural schoolhouses throughout the state of Montana; and the Worldport Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | Hector Becerra
A subpoena from federal prosecutors has been served at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has come under scrutiny amid an FBI probe of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello). Law enforcement sources confirmed issuing the subpoena, which one source said sought records that include documents related to contracts awarded by the water district, invoices, purchase orders, voice mails and information related to how officials there accepted or rejected bids. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A subpoena from federal prosecutors has been served at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has come under scrutiny amid an FBI probe of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello). Law enforcement sources confirmed issuing the subpoena, which one source said included requests for records that include documents related to contracts awarded by the water district, invoices, purchase orders, voice mails and information related to how officials there accepted or rejected bids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors have served a subpoena for contracts, emails and other documents from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has come under scrutiny amid an FBI probe of state Sen. Ron Calderon. Law enforcement sources on Friday confirmed issuing the subpoena, which one district official said included requests for records that include documents related to contracts awarded by the water district, invoices, purchase orders, voicemails and information related to how officials there accepted or rejected bids.
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