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BEFORE THE

FILED
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION 7-14-17
04:59 PM

OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

In the Matter of the Application of California-


American Water Company (U210W) for an Order
(1) Approving a Settlement Agreement with the
County of Monterey and the Monterey County Application 13-05-017
Water Resources Agency to Settle and Resolve (Filed May 24, 2013)
Claims and Issues Between the Parties and to
Promote the Development, Construction and
Operation of a Water Supply Project for Monterey
County on an Expedited Basis, and (2) Authorizing
the Transfer of Authorized Costs Related to the
Settlement Agreement to Its Special Request 1
Surcharge Balancing Account.

RESPONSE BY PUBLIC WATER NOW IN SUPPORT OF MARINA COAST


WATER DISTRICTS MOTION FOR AN ORDER UNSEALING EVIDENCE,
SETTING ASIDE DECISIONS AND ESTABLISHING A BRIEFING SCHEDULE
ON REMAND OF PETITION FOR WRIT OF REVIEW FROM THE
CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT (No. S230728) DIRECTING THE
COMMISSIONS RECONSIDERATION

July 14, 2017


Public Water Now
George T. Riley, Managing Director
1198 Castro Road, Monterey CA 93940

831-645-9914, georgetriley@gmail.com

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BEFORE THE

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

In the Matter of the Application of California-


American Water Company (U210W) for an Order
(1) Approving a Settlement Agreement with the
County of Monterey and the Monterey County Application 13-05-017
Water Resources Agency to Settle and Resolve (Filed May 24, 2013)
Claims and Issues Between the Parties and to
Promote the Development, Construction and
Operation of a Water Supply Project for Monterey
County on an Expedited Basis, and (2) Authorizing
the Transfer of Authorized Costs Related to the
Settlement Agreement to Its Special Request 1
Surcharge Balancing Account.

RESPONSE BY PUBLIC WATER NOW IN SUPPORT OF MARINA COAST


WATER DISTRICTS MOTION FOR AN ORDER UNSEALING EVIDENCE,
SETTING ASIDE DECISIONS AND ESTABLISHING A BRIEFING SCHEDULE
ON REMAND OF PETITION FOR WRIT OF REVIEW FROM THE
CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT (No. S230728) DIRECTING THE
COMMISSIONS RECONSIDERATION

July 14, 2017

1. Introduction
In accordance with CPUC Rule 11.1 governing responses to motions, this response is submitted.

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2. Background
Public Water Now (PWN) (formerly Citizens for Public Water) has represented residential ratepayers in
local water hearings and other venues since its founding in 2005. It had grown from representing about
35 ratepayers to now over 500. PWN has been an intervener in CPUC proceedings since 2008.

Public Water Now signed the nondisclosure statement and cooperated with the confidential portion of
this proceeding A13-05-017.

3. PWN Supports MCWD Motion for Reconsidertion


PWN believes the proceeding was inefficient, incomplete and unnecessarily convuloted with the
redacted portions. Even within the nondisclosure portion of the proceeding, the review of redacted
material was also incomplete and confusing. In other words, the confidential portion was essentially a
continuation of the public portion with the refusal to reveal facts.

It is my opinion that the intent to reveal selected information within confidential hearings actually did
not reveal addditional infomation to the ALJ. The ALJ did not gain any new insight throughout the
confidential portion of the hearing. In fact she commented on that point.

It is the opinion of PWN that the ALJ Proposed Decision was not based on a full revelation of facts for
the record. PWN believes further that the Commission decision was equally faulty from lack of full
information on the record.

PWN supported MCWD in its initial appeal the the State Supreme Court. PWN continues to support
MCWD in its effort to create a fair and complete public record in this matter.

4. Recommendation
Public Water Now supports the MCWD Motion for Reconsidertion.

July 14, 2017

Respectfully submitted
/s/ George T. Riley
George T. Riley
Public Water Now
1198 Castro Road, Monterey CA 93940