I am writing with regard to the Vallejo/Green Valley water controversy in which the city of Vallejo continues to shirk its responsibility to reasonably maintain the Lakes Water System and is attempting to force a small group of nonresident customers to foot the bill for repairing decades of neglect.
Vallejo City Attorney Claudia Quintana made some disturbing comments that imply that because some Lakes Water System customers have homes with higher-than-average property values, it is reasonable for Vallejo to expect them to pay exorbitant prices for a basic service like water delivery. Quintana’s focus on home values is also surprising, because she is an attorney and should know that this data point is irrelevant to the merits of the lawsuit.
Should all residents of Vallejo pay more for essential services like water if their home is valued above the mean within the city limits? What about retirees? Or veterans? Or neighbors who bought their homes decades ago and could never afford to buy them at today’s prices? Let’s ask a basic question, “Since when is water means-tested?”
Wouldn’t any water customer push for a fair resolution when faced with water bills that are likely to balloon to $7,000 per year if the status quo is allowed to move forward?
Ms. Quintana would do well to advise Vallejo’s decision-makers to resolve this matter fairly instead of trying to distract the public’s attention with PR spin that is irrelevant to the matter at hand.