LADWP suits against Mammoth water: a new judge, letters of support and mailers


Mammoth's Water Board has tentatively scheduled a closed session discussion for June 11.

Next week, the Mammoth Community Water District board will meet in closed session to discuss the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuits that threaten Mammoth’s water rights. Meanwhile, a new out of area judge has been assigned to hear the case in Mono County, Mono’s Assemblywoman has sent out a letter opposing the suits and Water District customers have received a mailer on the lawsuits.

Water District Manager Greg Norby said that Judge Garbolino was assigned to the case and apparently DWP has not objected.  The Water District did earlier protest the assignment of Judge Roger Randall since he had also presided over the original Hot Creek lawsuit jury trial against Mammoth and over MLLA’s petition to demand payment of the $43 million lawsuit debt.

Norby said Mono’s Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen has sent a letter to her Assembly colleagues in the Los Angeles area to oppose the lawsuits and reach reasonable settlement.  Olsen wrote that DWP’s lawsuits “attack the community’s water rights going back over 60 years, and will force both agencies to spend scarce ratepayer dollars in costly and protracted litigation.”

Olsen also wrote that “LADWP is pursuing a legal strategy that is clearly designed to muscle Mammoth into capitulating to an unreasonable, unjustified, and unaffordable purchase of replacement water.”  Manager Norby had earlier said DWP wanted Mammoth Water District to buy and give to LA the same amount of water that Mammoth diverts from Mammoth Creek.  That could equal an expense of around $2 million.

Norby also said that Water District customers and property owners have received mailers urging community action to oppose the lawsuits.  The Water Board has tentatively scheduled a closed session for next Monday.


7 Responses to LADWP suits against Mammoth water: a new judge, letters of support and mailers

  1. John R. June 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Olsen is a Republican and the Legislature is dominated by Democrats. She has no influence and her opposition will not change a thing in this case.

    • kaat June 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      so… someone that speaks the truth and cares about Mammoth, but is a Republican, will have no influence……and because the Legislature is dominated by Democrats Mammoth Lakes will be fed to the LADWP… we should blame our water problems with LADWP on the Democrats?! If this is true and Olsen is not heard b/c of being a Republican – I think all Democrats should be voted out of office asap!

      However, your logic may just be too simplistic John R….along with politics being responsible for the majority of our problems.

      • Tonto June 5, 2012 at 5:11 am #

        kaat and that type can’t get over their support for the Republicans who lied to the the country with their bogus WMD story leading to a War On Iraq where the Vice President and his wife (former CEOs of defense contractors Lockheed Martin) and Halliburton) made out like bandits while bankrupting the country and heading us toward Great Depression II.

        And now the GOP wants another zillionaire calling the shots for their rich pals.

        There is a sickness deep within these people.

  2. Big AL June 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    DWP has not objected. hmmmm .. what’s up with that.

  3. Big AL June 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    And I don’t think her colleagues in the LA area are going to upset their apple carts either.

  4. Rob June 5, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    “The Water Board has tentatively scheduled a closed session for next Monday.”

    Another closed session in Mono County!

  5. Bill June 7, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    The bottom line. The City of Los Angeles is broke! I suspect that this whole thing is more about getting the water district to pay up and less to do with the amount of water that Mammoth is diverting. This is only the start to another sordid chapter.


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