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For Immediate Release

Yorba Linda Water District Board & Staff Served Writ of Mandate from YLTA

Members of the Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) Board of Directors, their legal counsel Art Kidman and General Manager Marc Marcantonio were served a Writ of Mandate from the Yorba Linda Taxpayers Association at their Thursday morning meeting of January 14. In attendance were YLTA members Kent Ebinger and Jon Hansen. Watch the video at this link:

The Writ is a legal petition to Orange County Superior Court that asks a judge to order the Water Board to follow the law and either rescind the water rates they approved on September 17, 2015 or place the water rate referendum on the ballot for voters to decide. To read the full Writ of Mandate, you can download all the documents at this link:

YLTA obtained over 5500 signatures (twice the amount required by law) on a referendum petition in late September and early October that was addressed by the Water Board at a special meeting on November 5. The Board took no action on the referendum petition, claiming it was illegal based on a report from their counsel Art Kidman that cited no law or case law to substantiate his claims.

For more information contact Ed Rakochy at (714)381-2395 or Chairman Jeff Decker is on assignment in China and will return January 22.

You can read and view background of the referendum effort and the Board’s actions at these links:

Fight continues to stop water-rate increase in Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda Residents Protest Soaring Water Rate Bills

OC Registrar of Voters Certifies Water Rate Referendum Petition 936521/?type=3&theater

Water Board Shuns Water Rate Referendum
YLTA to Take Water District to Court to Uphold the Law 711258/?type=3&theater

YLWD Legal Counsel Blasts Water District Customers

YouTube video

Watchdog: Water fines rise as tempers flare

YLTA Members Point Out the Deceit of Water District at 11/5/15 Special Meeting

YouTube video

Opponents say they will file lawsuit over water rate hike in Yorba Linda Water District

Jim Drummond Drops the R-word 042912/?type=3&theater

YLTA Puts Water District on Notice Regarding Water Rate Referendum 121397/?type=3&theater

YLTA Chairman Jeff Decker Updates KFI’s John & Ken on the Status of Our Legal Efforts to Get the Water Rate Referendum on the Ballot 761179/?type=3&theater

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