Growers in Rainbow and Fallbrook Regions Encouraged to Attend LAFCO Hearing
On June 5, the San Diego County Local Agency Formation Commission will host an in-person hearing in which the Fallbook PUD and Rainbow MWD wholesaler reorganization proposal will be discussed. The proposal seeks to transfer wholesale water service from the San Diego County Water Authority to the Eastern Municipal Water District. This is expected to save Rainbow and Fallbrook PUD $7.6 million dollars per year. SDCWA has proposed raising rates 14% this year.
The California Avocado Commission is supportive of Option One: “Approve both reorganization proposals as submitted (no modifications) with standard conditions. No exit fees would apply given deference to the County Water Authority principal act and its silence on the topic. Approval is prefaced on prioritizing the standalone merits of the proposals and its local benefits – including direct support to agriculture in North County. Approval includes exemption findings under CEQA and subject to confirmation by registered voters within the affected territory.
Growers in the Rainbow and Fallbrook regions are encouraged to attend the LAFCO hearing in person. If you are unable to attend in person, growers are encouraged to submit written comment supporting LAFCO staff recommendation Option One: "Approving Proposal with Standard Conditions".