DWP manager says golf course leases still in works

bishopgolfcourseMore than a month ago, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Manager James Yannotta confirmed that DWP was talking to both the Bishop and Lone Pine Golf Courses about the possibility that LA might start to charge them for water – a possibility that could put both courses out of business. This month, Yannotta said talks are still moving forward.

The DWP Manager had emphasized the importance of the golf courses to the Owens Valley. However, he said that the LA City Charter says DWP can’t “give away water.” He added that “We need to make a lease that is legal but that also makes the golf courses work for the community.” Yannotta underscored that DWP wants Bishop Golf Course to “be more water-wise.”

Golf Course and Inyo government officials have expressed deep concerns about DWP potentially jeopardizing the golf courses. More recently, when asked for an update on the situation, Mr. Yannotta said, “We are still going to move forward with preparing new leases with the golf courses. At this time,” he said, “the type of leases hasn’t been determined and I don’t know if they will have to pay for water.” Yannotta repeated his earlier wish that it is “important for the courses to look at how they can use water wisely.”

Yannotta said that DWP is working with the golf courses to conserve water and to focus on programs to “convert to more drought tolerant landscaping and improving their irrigation systems.”

As locals hit the greens on these hot summer days, they hope DWP will show some mercy and keep these local recreation areas going.



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5 Responses to DWP manager says golf course leases still in works

  1. Irritated June 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Nothing irritates me more than DWP stating that they can’t “just give away the water”…I’m sorry, but our valley is turning brown because of them. I would think that they would be treating our valley to anything we ask for. Without our water, where do they stand?
    I know they give good jobs to our community, but really?!?!?!? Your going to charge the golf courses?? Why aren’t more people screaming about this?

    • Desert Tortoise June 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Just curious, but when did golf become a public utility? Why do I get to subsidize a hobby (and please do not try to tell me it is a “sport”) out of my tax money? If green fees cannot pay for the golf course, then raise prices or close it.

      • Trouble June 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

        Desert- what’s the difference between a golf course and a city park? I’d rather my money go to almost anything other than a new court house. They’ll just piss away no matter what. P.S. the City of Bishop gets all of it’s water for free.

        • Desert Tortoise June 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

          City parks don’t charge green fees. City parks are open to all residents. You can picnic, play ball, throw a Frisbee with your dog, or lay back and enjoy the day. You cannot do that at a golf course. It is a publicly paid amenity in this case but it’s use is restricted to golfers. It is a huge difference.

    • Trouble June 14, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      Irritated- I’m with you, but I don’t think DWP does anything to provide good jobs to the Valley. They go strait by scores on test results.


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