Playhouse ruling, turning over the keys on tap for Golden State Water Co.

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Ojai artist Gayel Childress produced and will sell this limited-addition print to commemorate Golden State Water Company's last day in Ojai. 
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
In a tentative ruling, Judge Vincent O'Neill found for the plaintiff's causes for action in the lawsuit brought by the owners of the Ojai Playhouse Theater against the Golden State Water Company (GSWC). The ruling came June 2 in Ventura County Superior Court, after closing arguments in the trial's liability phase, upholding the plaintiff's specified causes of negligence, nuisance, trespass and inverse condemnation.
“I think there was an inadequate maintenance program because of the age of the pipe,” O'Neill said, regarding the allegation of negligence. And GSWC's three-hour response time on the day of the flood— including two to two-and-a-half hours to get all the valves shut off — is “unacceptable and unreasonable,” he said.
The tentative ruling followed several hours of arguments and counter-arguments presented by attorney John Howard, who represents Playhouse owners Khaled and Walid Al-Awar, and attorney Carlos Cabral, who is defending GSWC in the litigation. O'Neill can still amend his ruling when the court convenes for arguments in the cost phase of the trial June 26.

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