YORBA LINDA TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
YLTA Town Hall Meeting: “YLWD Water Rate Referendum Status Update”
Where: Travis Ranch Multipurpose Room, Travis Ranch School, 5200 Via de la Escuela (Yorba Linda Blvd. & Via de la Escuela)
When: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Yorba Linda Taxpayers Association (YLTA) is holding a Town Hall meeting, at the Travis Ranch School Multipurpose Room this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at 7:00 PM to talk about the rejection of the water rate referendum by the Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) Board of Directors and the legal and political options available to the community.
Over 5500 registered voters, more than two times required by law, signed the water rate referendum
petition in just 18 days. At a special meeting on Thursday, November 5, the YLWD Board voted 5 to 0 to do nothing and ignored its CA Constitutional and statutory obligation to either rescind the water rates or place the referendum on the ballot. The Board’s decision was based on a last minute staff report prepared by their legal counsel, Art Kidman, who concluded that only an initiative was legal under Proposition 218 and a referendum was illegal. Kidman’s report and presentation did not include any customary legal citations to support his conclusions.
“I think the District is just wrong,” said YLTA attorney Christopher Sutton during an interview on the
John & Ken Show on Friday, November 6. “The distinction they’re (YLWD) drawing between an
initiative petition and a referendum petition is a distinction that has been rejected by the courts going back 40 years.” The full interview can be heard at: The full interview can be heard here at the top of the show.
We also encourage you to read this article from the Davis Enterprise, which discusses the similarities of the repeal power of referendums and initiatives.
YLTA shares in the community’s frustration at the Water Board’s ignorance and arrogance of the law, the mistreatment of their customers and the preservation of their bloated bureaucracy.
Please join us at 7:00 PM this Thursday at Travis Ranch and check our Facebook page for a map of the
Multipurpose Room at Travis Ranch School and for regular updates at: www.facebook.com/yltaxpayers.
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