By Daryl Kelley
Water rates for Ojai residents would increase 35 percent next year if the California Public Utilities Commission upholds new rates adopted this week by a state administrative law judge. Critics said the hike shows the system serves private business, not the public.
The new rates would not be implemented until February, at earliest, after the PUC ratifies or rejects them.
Tuesday's ruling by Judge Regina DeAngelis adopted rates that would increase Ojai residents' water bills on a sliding scale, depending on