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Gov. Brown signs bill enforcing transparency on Maywood water companies

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A Maywood community group, Union de Vecinos, stores bottles of tap water collected by residents over the years.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 240, which forces the three private water companies in Maywood to comply with open meeting, public record, and budget requirements. At the same time, the governor slashed the amount appropriated for cleaning up Maywood's water system from $7.5 million to $1 million. The governor said he cut the amount because the bill's author, State Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) had determined "that much progress has been made in Maywood by the mutual [private] water companies."

The bill allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to spend the money - in the form of Department of Public Health grants - to improve Maywood's "drinking water infrastructure."

AB 240 also allows Maywood's water firms to impose liens to collect unpaid charges. 

Maywood's water companies had opposed the bill, claiming it was a power grab by the Water Replenishment District and the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has jurisdiction in Maywood.


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