Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Board of Directors for the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) was unanimous Wednesday in its approval of a resolution of necessity to acquire the Ojai District of the Golden State Water Company (GSWC) through eminent domain. Meeting in regular session at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, the board opened the floor for public comment at 3:24 p.m. The hearing was closed at 4:10 p.m., and the board made its decision about six minutes after that.
Of the 13 people who spoke at the hearing, only one was there in support of GSWC — attorney David Moran, of the Los Angeles-based law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLC. Moran was there on behalf of attorney George Soneff, also of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips who is serving as counsel for GSWC in the matter.