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Court dates set for Casitas-Golden State showdown

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
A schedule of court dates has been drawn up in the Casitas Municipal Water District's (CMWD's) effort to acquire Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC) Ojai service area through eminent domain. Lawyers representing both sides were in Ventura County Superior Court for a case management conference Jan. 9 before Judge Vincent O'Neill, who set a trio of dates in the year ahead.
“I'm pleased we have dates we can look at now,” attorney Jeff Oderman said Jan. 11. Oderman is representing CMWD in the proposed acquisition. “This should be the timeline for the transfer."
Conceivably, that could be a year from now, he said, if all goes according to schedule. “Or sooner if we reach a settlement,” Oderman added. “That's certainly not outside the realm of possibility.”
The three dates comprise a mandatory settlement conference April 5, a phase-one “right to take” bench trial June 12 and a phase-two jury trial involving valuation and damages Dec. 11.

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