State Appeals Golden State's Water Hike

By Daryl Kelley
In a rare move, the state office that protects the public interest in utility cases has appealed a 35 percent water rate hike on Ojai customers enacted in February by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Lawyers for the commission's Division of Ratepayer Advocates appealed the steep rate hike last week and requested a re-hearing on key issues, saying the commission violated state water law in granting such a large increase.

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