Wa­ter bill now in Brown’s hands

SB 634 passes Se­nate floor; if signed CLWA and NCWD will be­come one

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Gina En­der Sig­nal Staff Writer See WA­TER, A4

Whether Santa Clarita’s wa­ter dis­tricts will merge is now en­tirely up to Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown.

In its last leg­isla­tive hur­dle, Se­nate Bill 634 passed the Se­nate floor on Thurs­day.

If the gov­er­nor signs the bill, Cas­taic Lake Wa­ter Agency and Ne­whall County Wa­ter District will unite to be­come one district. Both dis­tricts voted last year to dis­solve the two agen­cies, lead­ing to the

for­ma­tion of the bill.

Two other wa­ter re­tail­ers would fall into the fold of a new wa­ter district as well – Santa Clarita Wa­ter District and Va­len­cia Wa­ter Com­pany are al­ready un­der the Cas­taic Lake Wa­ter Agency’s um­brella.

The process of get­ting the bill through nine leg­isla­tive hur­dles was bi­par­ti­san and col­lab­o­ra­tive, Ne­whall County Wa­ter District Pres­i­dent Maria Gutzeit and Cas­taic Lake Wa­ter Agency Pres­i­dent Bob DiPrimio said in a joint state­ment.

“We are ex­tremely pleased with the Se­nate’s vote to­day,” Gutzeit and DiPrimio said. “This bold idea will have a pro­foundly pos­i­tive im­pact on wa­ter re­source man­age­ment for the Santa Clarita Val­ley and we’re ea­ger to make it a re­al­ity.”

The bill mak­ing it this far is “a shame,” ac­cord­ing to Ne­whall County Wa­ter District board mem­ber and wa­ter merger ad­ver­sary Lynne Plam­beck.

She was the lone “no” when the agen­cies voted to merge the dis­tricts.

“I think this is re­ally quite a hoist on our com­mu­nity,” Plam­beck said.

The pub­lic should have got­ten to vote on the merger, she said.

Plam­beck said she as­sumes the gov­er­nor will vote in fa­vor of the bill.

Merg­ing the dis­tricts will be ben­e­fi­cial to Ne­whall Ranch, now known as FivePoint, where the gov­er­nor’s sis­ter Kath­leen Brown sits on the board, Plam­beck said.

Gov­er­nor Brown has 30 days to de­cide if he wants to sign Se­nate Bill 634 into law.

“Bring­ing good jobs to our val­ley, im­prov­ing trans­parency for ratepay­ers and en­sur­ing a strong ratepayer ad­vo­cate was in place were some of the ob­jec­tives we hoped to achieve, and with this bill, we have,” Se­na­tor Scott Wilk (RSanta Clarita), au­thor of the bill, said in a state­ment.

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