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June 22, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Without raising water rates, the Moulton Niguel Water District board of directors recently approved a $14.9-million budget for fiscal 1994-95, a slight decrease from the current spending plan. The district also announced that for the third straight year, it will not raise water rates for its 128,000 customers in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1999
Despite a heavy lobbying effort, a committee of Senate and Assembly legislators voted Tuesday to have state auditors examine the financial dealings of the Cerritos-based Water Replenishment District of Southern California. The district, which serves 43 cities in southern Los Angeles County, has been under fire for a 200% increase in water assessment fees since 1991 and the approval of a construction contract for a $22-million recycling project without competitive bidding. State Sen.
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September 22, 1993 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The small, upstart Castaic Lake Water Agency racked up $304,000 in lobbying costs during state budget talks this year, outspending every other government agency in California and breaking into the secretary of state's Top 10 list of big spenders. The sum came as a surprise to insiders who track the Capitol's power brokers, and it raised eyebrows among critics who are disturbed by local governments paying more and more money for lobbying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1998 | TERRY MCDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day this spring, Richard Mayer went to a south Los Angeles County golf tournament for disadvantaged youth. Mayer had a less than privileged childhood and, he says, does a lot of volunteer outreach work. He's giving back, he says. Except this wasn't strictly a volunteer effort. Mayer is a member of the boards of directors of the Metropolitan and the Central Basin Municipal water districts. He reported the golf outing on his monthly water district expense accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council today will consider whether the city should take over sewer services from the Los Alamitos Water District for households within city boundaries. The water district, formed in 1952, eight years before Los Alamitos was incorporated, provides sewage collection services to about 8,000 households in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and portions of Seal Beach and Cypress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Starting in July, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District customers will pay about 15% more a month for service to help erase the agency's projected $4.5-million budget shortfall for fiscal 1996-97. The increase--which will cost the average customer about $9.64 more a month--will raise an additional $3.6 million a year, the district says. It would be the sixth increase in as many years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1993 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The small, upstart Castaic Lake Water Agency racked up $304,000 in lobbying costs during state budget talks this year, outspending every other government agency in California and breaking into the secretary of state's Top 10 list of big spenders. The sum came as a surprise to insiders who track the Capitol's power brokers, raising eyebrows among critics who are disturbed by local governments paying more and more money for lobbying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
In an effort to increase public trust, directors of the Mesa Consolidated Water District have voted to end the practice of shifting money from one budget category to another without notifying the public. Previously, General Manager Karl Kemp could amend the board-approved budget as he saw fit without approval of the five members or a public hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The five directors of the Los Alamitos County Water District, who already are under fire for their financial management, are being criticized by city officials for spending nearly $4,000 to attend a conference in Lake Tahoe last year. In addition to the expense of attending the conference, four of the directors each drew $100 per day in salaries as allowed under a district policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on Lester Boyle. After all, it was Boyle who brought this merger issue up in the first place, back in the 1950s, and it has been a thorny issue here ever since. Boyle, founder of an engineering company, made the seemingly simple suggestion that Capistrano Beach's water and sanitation districts merge. Forty years later, election season has resurrected Boyle's idea in the rustic Doheny Village section of Dana Point, home of both districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Starting in July, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District customers will pay about 15% more a month for service to help erase the agency's projected $4.5-million budget shortfall for fiscal 1996-97. The increase--which will cost the average customer about $9.64 more a month--will raise an additional $3.6 million a year, the district says. It would be the sixth increase in as many years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
In an effort to increase public trust, directors of the Mesa Consolidated Water District have voted to end the practice of shifting money from one budget category to another without notifying the public. Previously, General Manager Karl Kemp could amend the board-approved budget as he saw fit without approval of the five members or a public hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995 | MARK PLATTE and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The general manager of four South County water agencies has resigned, effective in six months, after being accused of mismanagement and inappropriate behavior by a fellow agency official, according to several water board members. William P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1995 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Any day now, from a scenic perch overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley, an obscure water agency with a flair for the extravagant will switch on a new water treatment plant that will be at least $36 million over projected costs. The tally for the Castaic Lake Water Agency's sparkling Rio Vista plant has spiraled to $116 million--46% over original estimates--and the costs are still rising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
Without raising water rates, the Moulton Niguel Water District board of directors recently approved a $14.9-million budget for fiscal 1994-95, a slight decrease from the current spending plan. The district also announced that for the third straight year, it will not raise water rates for its 128,000 customers in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The five directors of the Los Alamitos County Water District, who already are under fire for their financial management, are being criticized by city officials for spending nearly $4,000 to attend a conference in Lake Tahoe last year. In addition to the expense of attending the conference, four of the directors each drew $100 per day in salaries as allowed under a district policy.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995 | MARK PLATTE and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The general manager of four South County water agencies has resigned, effective in six months, after being accused of mismanagement and inappropriate behavior by a fellow agency official, according to several water board members. William P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council today will consider whether the city should take over sewer services from the Los Alamitos Water District for households within city boundaries. The water district, formed in 1952, eight years before Los Alamitos was incorporated, provides sewage collection services to about 8,000 households in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and portions of Seal Beach and Cypress.
NEWS
September 22, 1993 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The small, upstart Castaic Lake Water Agency racked up $304,000 in lobbying costs during state budget talks this year, outspending every other government agency in California and breaking into the secretary of state's Top 10 list of big spenders. The sum came as a surprise to insiders who track the Capitol's power brokers, and it raised eyebrows among critics who are disturbed by local governments paying more and more money for lobbying.
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