Golden State Water Company Responds To City’s Eminent Domain Lawsuit

From the City Manager's Weekly Report

The City of Claremont received notice today that Golden State Water Company has filed a response to the City’s eminent domain lawsuit. The response was filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on January 14, 2015.

 On November 25, the City Council unanimously adopted two Resolutions of Necessity determining that acquisition of the Claremont Water System by the City of Claremont was in the public interest. On December 8, 2014, the City filed an eminent domain lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Golden State Water Company. Golden State Water had until January 14, 2015 to file a response to the lawsuit.

Depending on the outcome of the right to take challenge, a trial on the valuation of the system may take place.

The City’s legal team is reviewing the challenge and will prepare for the legal proceedings. In all matters of ongoing litigation, the City refrains from commenting on the contents of the case. The City will continue to inform the public on the water system acquisition process and the City’s protest of Golden State Water’s 2016-18 General Rate Case.

Information on water issues in the City is available on the City’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us

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