Water utility oversight (July 10, 2015)
Apple Valley Town council member Scott Nassif’s recent letter implies that Apple Valley Ranchos gets to run things to suit itself, because it is
governed by the loose oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission (
It’s about rate stabilization, Daily Press, July 9, 2015).
This mendacious and potential libelous statement about the CPUC (and the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, which also has a say) is also misleading.
Put simply, Nassif’s statement seems to be meant to imply that because the CPUC and ORA sometimes grant rate increases in response to requests by Ranchos, that once these experienced and knowledgeable third-party professionals are out of the way, water users in Apple Valley will be better off because the same people evaluating rate increases will be the same people who are requesting the rate increases: The Apple Valley Town council.
It’s true that water rates have risen in Apple Valley, as they have elsewhere in the state. What Nassif and others on the Town council need to explain is why trash and sewer rates have gone up the same amount over that same period of time, even though the water system has undergone continuous expansion and improvements, while the trash and sewer systems have done no such thing.
This single fact is enough to show that Prop. 218 alone is no protection for the citizenry, when the Town council decides it wants more money, and that when that day comes, any pretext will do.
— Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.
Files related to the Proposition 218 issue
- Op-ed: Privatization not always the best course (Nassif)
- Proposition 218: No real protection in Apple Valley
- It’s not personal, it’s just business
- Dear Resident
- Water utility oversight
- Request for Public Records: Waste water and Sewer rates (KKBS)
- Town of Apple Valley water company takeover
- Is TOAV being investigated for Proposition 218 violations?
- Where there’s smoke …
- Letter re: Proposition 218 violations (KKBS)
- Town of Apple Valley’s sewer rate increases called illegal by law firm
- What is Proposition 218?
- Verified petition for writ of mandate to order compliance with California Public Records Act: CIVDS1517800 (KKBS)
- Verified petition for writ of mandate and complaint for declaratory relief: CIVDS1604968 (KKBS)
- Lawsuit against Apple Valley alleges Prop 218 violations related to Wastewater Division
- Writ of mandate
- Letter: Of refunds and requests (Bonson)
- Verified petition for writ of mandate; and complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief and refund of illegal fees and charges: CIVDS1725027 (KKBS)
- Order preliminarily approving class action settlement, provisionally certifying settlement class, and directing notice to class: CIVDS1725027 (KKBS)
- Town of Apple Valley likely to settle in trash rate lawsuit