Casitas files eminent domain case

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) filed an eminent domain complaint Thursday in Ventura County Superior Court for the acquisition of the property and assets of the Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC) Ojai service area.

The lawsuit includes a second claim seeking damages and attorney fees incurred during GSWC’s unsuccessful lawsuit that sought to invalidate the financing mechanism Casitas is using to pay for the takeover, according to CMWD Water Conservation Manager Ron Merckling.

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