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December 3, 1994 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of biologists hired by water districts caught 40 rare steelhead trout in Santa Paula and Matilija creeks this week as part of a last-minute study to influence whether the oceangoing fish will soon be protected as an endangered species. Using an electric fishing rig similar to a stun gun, the biologists also captured a bucketful of steelhead in the Ventura River. But these fish were not killed.
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October 31, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a referendum on the leadership of the Santa Margarita Water District and its culpability in an embarrassing scandal, a record number of reform-minded candidates are looking to take over four seats on a board whose membership has been unchallenged since 1987. It has long been a struggle to get anyone to run for a board that deals in arcane topics such as transmission lines, ground water and improvement districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
With the threat of consolidation still looming, the board of the Mesa Consolidated Water District recently established two committees to study the issue. Diana Leach, the district's assistant general manager, said the board hopes to be prepared in the event it must be merged with another agency. A recent consolidation study done for South County special districts, as well as recent state legislation encouraging consolidations, suggested that Mesa be merged with Irvine Ranch Water District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
A new director of facilities management has been named for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. John R. Mundy, formerly utilities director for the city of Santa Monica, has a sound, team-based management style that the district needs, district representatives said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000
A federal judge on Friday refused to grant a preliminary injunction sought by federal authorities to halt a November water district election in the San Gabriel Valley. The U.S. Justice Department has accused the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District of illegally diluting Latino voting strength in drawing its electoral boundaries. Latinos make up nearly half of the 791,000 voters in the district, but no Latino candidate has been elected to the five-member board in its 40-year history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Two of the county's biggest water districts have agreed to merge. Board members with the Coastal Municipal Water District and the Municipal Water District of Orange County recently approved the consolidation. Both agencies form Orange County's principal wholesale water agencies. The Local Agency Formation Commission of Orange County, which must approve the merger, will hold a hearing March 11 at the Hall of Administration in Santa Ana. The consolidation, if approved, would take effect in 2001.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
A possible increase in water rates for consumers will be considered as the Capistrano Valley Water District reviews its budget for fiscal 1994-95 Thursday. The public meeting will be held by the district's Water Advisory Commission at the district's offices, 34206 Paseo Adelanto, at 6 p.m. Water officials say the district may lose about $500,000 in state revenue. They fear legislators may transfer property tax revenue earmarked for water districts to other agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Municipal Water District on Wednesday joined state water lobbyists in criticizing Gov. George Deukmejian's recently unveiled list of budget cuts, which include plans for a complicated fee system that would probably boost water bills statewide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only 124 registered voters live in the West Valley County Water District, but 11 of them are running for election Tuesday to the district's five-member board of directors. Despite the preponderance of candidates, some residents--including some incumbents--can't understand why anyone would want to govern the three-square-mile water district serving Neenach, a town in the far western corner of the Antelope Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
Citing recent heavy rains and water conservation efforts, the water district that serves San Clemente and Capistrano Beach reported a 39% decrease in water usage during March compared to one year ago. Customers of the Tri-Cities Municipal Water District used 656.7 acre-feet of water last month, compared to 1,071.8 acre-feet in March, 1990. An acre-foot is 325,900 gallons of water, which is about the amount used annually by an average family of five.
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