Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
Friday’s deadline for Golden State Water Company (GSWC) to file a petition for review with the state Supreme Court has come and gone. They didn’t let the deadline pass without taking advantage of the opportunity.
“Golden State Water believes the precedent-setting issues raised in its appeal should be considered by California’s highest court,” said George Soneff, an attorney with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips who is representing GSWC in the case. “We continue to believe that the use of Mello-Roos financing to pay for an eminent domain takeover is inconsistent with both the letter and spirit of the law.”
A three-judge panel ruled May 13 against GSWC’s request to have its appeal reheard. The California Supreme Court was the privately owned water company’s last resort in its effort to stop the Casitas Municipal Water District’s (CMWD) effort to use Mello-Roos funding and eminent domain to oust GSWC as a water provider in the Ojai Valley.