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Published on Dec 28, 2011
Article: Ojai and Ventura VIEW - July 2011 Issue #38: Golden State Water Co. (GSWC) confessed to knowingly gouging Ojai Ratepayers in a June 29, 2011 Settlement by the State Division of Water and Audits (DWA). The state agency regulates the privately held water company and perhaps the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) oversight. The settlement cannot be appealed. The DWA found that GSWC senior management knew about violations in their own competitive bidding process which resulted in higher than normal bid costs which were then passed downstream to the ratepayers..... Continue Reading Article Online Ojai and Ventura VIEW/July 2011-#38, PG 2 http://ojaiandventuraview.com/OVVtaAr... "I believe Golden State here was guilty of misconduct in the oversight of its contracting practices. This failure was compounded by Golden State's failure to disclose to our staff the results of its own internal investigation into this misconduct.... we will not look kindly on a company that tries to cover up wrongdoing." - Michael R. Peavey, CPUC President/Commissioner "This was a very very ugly matter on a number of fronts, based on the allegations that were disclosed by the whistleblower.... it even got to the point where there were certain racial references that were made, that in my opinion were blatantly offensive and I think not a good reflection on Golden State Water.... A culture of deceit...." ~ Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, 12/15/11 LINK: OJAI WATER WARS PAGE: http://ojaiandventuraview.com/OVVtaAr... LINK: Ojai FLOW -- Community Ownership... Community control... http://www.ojaiflow.com/