The San Diego County Water Authority is floating a radical idea to upend how 19 million Southern Californians get their water.
The agency paid for a poll last month that asked voters whether they would support the state seizing control of water supplies across the region, including much of the water used in San Diego.
The Water Authority is a member of Metropolitan’s board and its biggest customer, but the two agencies have long been at odds. Water Authority officials blame Metropolitan for failing to prepare for a drought in the early-1990s and screwing San Diego then and now.
Most of the poll’s 62 questions were designed to test various messages that might turn voters against Metropolitan, a tactic typical of political polling. That alone is strange. One public agency does not usually poll to figure out how to damage another public agency’s reputation.
Beyond that, one question in the poll floated a policy shift that would affect the water supply of nearly everyone in California south of Bakersfield.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Renters look out a huge rate increase is coming and you don't get to vote on it. Only the landed gentry landlords do sine they pay your buildings single water meter bill.
If you think housing is unaffordable now wait until the developer LA dlords pass on the new water sewer PURE toilet to. tap bill!
The Water Authority is a structure very similar to that of SANDAG. As such, its policies and decisions are driven mostly by its General Manager, Maureen Stapleton. The war with Metro is a very high stakes gamble. San Diego ratepayers could win or lose in a big way as a result of the gamble. Alas, in practical terms, ratepayers don't have a say. Maureen decides their fate. She's betting the house (our house) on her war.
So they want to hand over San Diego water to a state government that is still allowing Nestle access to water that belongs to all of us?
Call the Nopetopus!