Tuesday, April 15, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Water rates initiative signature-gathering in final stages

By
From page A1 | January 08, 2014 | Leave Comment

A group of opponents of the city’s proposed water rates is nearing the final stages of gathering initiative petition signatures, two group members say.

Attorney Michael Harrington and city water rates opponent John Munn said the group is nearly ready to turn in signatures to the city clerk without worry that the number will fall short. Longtime residents Ernie Head and Pam Nieberg are also leading the initiative process.

“I think they’re close but I don’t have the exact number,” Harrington said. “I’m very confident (the initiative) will qualify.”

City clerk Zoe Mirabile said in an email that the number of signatures the initiative backers need to qualify the measure for the ballot is 5 percent of the number of votes cast for all gubernatorial candidates by Davis voters in the last such election. That figure is 1,161.

Mirabile said the city of Davis must act by early to mid-February to put the initiative on the June ballot. All activities related to the petition — counting signatures and verifying them — must be complete by that date in order for the measure to be submitted to voters.

In the meantime, water rate opponents are still collecting signatures, making sure they have enough to overcome some inevitable errors, Harrington said, and verifying the signatures on their own to be confident of success when county elections officials verify them.

The initiative would throw out water rates the city set in 2013 after the passage of Measure I, on the consumption-based fixed rate model. While very complex to explain, the city uses that model to charge more for bigger water hookups and higher water usage.

Opponents argued last month in a case before Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire that users of smaller-width hookups are actually using more water in some instances and that the city essentially is planning to charge low-end users more than their fair share for the water, subsidizing higher-end users.

The price of the average water bill is expected to triple, but money will go toward covering the operating cost of a new surface water project in conjunction with the city of Woodland.

City representatives have maintained that the water rates are in accordance with California’s Proposition 218, which governs the setting of utility rates. Maguire is likely to decide that case this month.

If the city survives the court battle, opponents have the potential to sink the rates through the initiative.

Munn said although he doesn’t support the surface water project — which already has been approved by voters — he said people likely will confuse support of the project with support of the proposed rates.

“Personally I don’t support the project, but the initiative is about the rates,” he said. He added later that the initiative is about the rates, but the project is not separate from the rates.

“People will have their own opinions,” he said.

— Reach Dave Ryan at 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

Carlton Plaza: Home, sweet senior home

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
DTA votes for status-quo calendar

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

UC Davis prof repeats history with Pulitzer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Bob Poppenga enters school board race

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

 
Police warn of PG&E phone scam

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Top Democratic lawmaker backs off ‘carbon tax’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 4 Comments

Monkey business

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Can you name these leaders?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

Allen will meet voters for coffee

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Take a bike tour of UCD’s Arboretum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
‘My Father’s Garden’ author reads, signs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Support group for widows/widowers forms in Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Care planning workshops will begin Thursday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Swanson lawn signs available

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Dancers to return to Quad for 42nd powwow

By Cory Golden | From Page: A3

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to autism

By Phyllis Brown | From Page: A4

 
Avid Reader to hold political, educational forums

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Take a hike with the Sierra Club

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Trek the mountains of Indonesia with Audubon speaker

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

View classic vehicles at the April Cruise-In

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Paws for Thought: Dogs truly do make us healthier

By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Hear poets at The Other Voice

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Dr. G to host last show of the season

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Bunny Run will benefit Yolo SPCA

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Former resident returns for book-signing

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

.

Forum

Engaged to the party girl

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Freeloader wants to return

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Maintain good credit during college years

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Pat Oliphant cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

‘Boston Strong,’ meet ‘Davis Strong’ at Monday’s marathon

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Dufresnes are the Devils’ dynamic duo

By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Jaso’s HR lifts A’s over Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Loss to McClatchy adds to DHS’ recent soccer woes

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Big AAA bats this week in Davis Little League

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
.

Features

Citrus Circuits wraps up regionals, heads to world championships

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
This little light of mine

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

What’s happening for youths

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
.

Arts

 
‘Old West’ opera to be screened at I-House

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Madrigals, choir present NYC tour repertoire

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Catch the Road Crew at Picnic in the Park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Cajun sounds to fill The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Strong performances highlight ‘Visiting Mr. Green’

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Spring Finale concert set for April 27

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
I See Hawks in L.A. to play at The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7