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Council set to discuss water system, appeal options

A special city council meeting will be convened on January 31 to determine the future of the city’s efforts to acquire the water system.

The meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, will discuss options the city may take in regards to the future of Claremont’s quest to claim the water system from Golden State Water (GSW), according to City Manager Tony Ramos.

“The council will be given information and will be discussing options the city may take and the cost and timelines associated with different options,” Mr. Ramos said.

The city suffered a setback in December when LA Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled against Claremont after a 21-day right-to-take trial. In the wake of the decision, residents have issued impassioned statements for and against filing an appeal.

Mayor Sam Pedroza also noted during Tuesday’s council meeting that an ad hoc committee—comprised of Councilmembers Joe Lyons and Opanyi Nasiali—would be created to work with city staff look for an appellate firm in the event the city decides to appeal.

Mr. Ramos noted that it would also be discussed at the January 31 meeting.

The public is encouraged to attend, and there will be time set aside for public comment.

—Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

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