Rosamond Community Services District Files Lawsuit in Response to Diamond Farming Company and Bolthouse Farms; Lawsuit in Response to 1999 and 2001 Actions is a Crucial Step in Protecting Community's Water Supply and Quality of Life, Rosamond Says.
ROSAMOND, Calif. -- The Rosamond Community Services District (RCSD RCSD Ramapo Central School District (New York)
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RCSD Rankin County School District (Brandon, MS) ) filed a lawsuit today against corporate giants Diamond Farming Company and Bolthouse Farms Bolthouse Farms, founded in 1915, is a vertically-integrated farm company located in California's San Joaquin Valley and headquartered in Bakersfield, California. Bolthouse Farms is one of the United States's leading producers of carrots. over access to the Antelope Valley's groundwater basin. The District's action, designed to protect the community's current and future water supply, is in response to existing lawsuits filed by Diamond and Bolthouse in 1999 and 2001, respectively, against Rosamond and other public agencies.
Diamond (owned by Grimmway Farms) and Bolthouse are seeking to take a larger share of water from the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley groundwater basin, which provides over 60 percent of Rosamond's water. Bolthouse and Grimmway, both based in Bakersfield, are multi-million-dollar carrot corporations that together control roughly 90 percent of the nation's carrot market.
"Our number one priority is to ensure the people of Rosamond have access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable water," said Daniel Landsgaard, Rosamond Community Services District board president. "The RCSD filed this lawsuit to protect the present and future water supply for all of Rosamond, for the livelihood of our families, schools, businesses, parks and more."
Bob Vincelette, a Southern Kern Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. board member, agrees.
"This lawsuit is about keeping water rates affordable for our community by protecting the local water supply and reducing our dependence on imported water," said Vincelette.
The cross-complaint seeks declaratory DECLARATORY. Something which explains, or ascertains what before was uncertain or doubtful; as a declaratory statute, which is one passed to put an end to a doubt as to what the law is, and which declares what it is, and what it has been. 1 Bl. Com. 86. and injunctive relief injunctive relief n. a court-ordered act or prohibition against an act or condition which has been requested, and sometimes granted, in a petition to the court for an injunction. and an adjudication The legal process of resolving a dispute. The formal giving or pronouncing of a judgment or decree in a court proceeding; also the judgment or decision given. The entry of a decree by a court in respect to the parties in a case. of water rights in the Antelope Valley groundwater basin. The District hopes that the adjudication will lead to a "physical solution," which is a legal term used to describe a long-term basin-wide management program that is often overseen by a court-appointed Watermaster.
"Unfortunately, the two large corporations in this lawsuit have held the Rosamond community hostage by monopolizing our water supply and continuing to irresponsibly pump more than their fair share from the groundwater basin," said Landsgaard. "This lawsuit is about protecting our community's fair share of water, preventing corporate monopolies and keeping water rates affordable."
Rosamond's current water supply is a combination of local groundwater and imported State Water Project water purchased through the Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency (AVEK). Rosamond began using imported water because of its concern about the groundwater basin not being able to support pumping.
Historically, Rosamond has pumped roughly 2,200 acre-feet (about 717 million gallons) water annually from the Antelope Valley, enough water to supply an estimated 4,400 homes per year.
With Rosamond filing a cross-complaint in response to the Diamond and Bolthouse lawsuits, the Rosamond Community Services District anticipates that other public agencies, such as the City of Palmdale and the City of Lancaster The City of Lancaster (2002 population: 133,914) is a local government district with city status in Lancashire, England. Its main town is Lancaster, from which it obtained its city status. Other towns in the district include Morecambe, Heysham, Slyne, and Carnforth. , will do the same.
In late 2004, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County Waterworks waterworks: see water supply. District 40 filed a lawsuit naming many of the same agencies in order to give them a say if and when the water rights are adjudicated.
Soon after, in January of this year, L.A. County Waterworks District No. 40 filed the Petition for Coordination to consolidate Diamond's and Bolthouse's actions, filed in Riverside County, with the L.A. County district's action, filed in L.A. and Kern Counties. In April, the water district, the City of Palmdale, Palmdale Water District, Quartz Hill Water District and the City of Lancaster filed a supplemental brief urging the court to coordinate the corporations' actions and L.A. County's adjudication.
All three actions have now been coordinated in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Judge Jack Komar, a neutral judge from the Santa Clara County Superior Court, has been appointed to preside over the action. Diamond and Bolthouse argued that the actions and adjudications ADJUDICATIONS, Scotch law. Certain proceedings against debtors, by way of actions, before the court of sessions and are of two kinds, special and general.
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Since the actions sought by the corporations are not full water basin adjudications, the public agencies expressed that it is virtually meaningless and legally unfeasible to proceed with the actions without bringing together other producers in the basin and conducting a full basin adjudication.
At a San Jose conference hearing in September, Judge Komar instructed L.A. County Waterworks District 40 to serve all property owners of more than 100 acres with the lawsuit within 30 days, including Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. .
More about the Rosamond Community Services District
Voted into existence in 1966, the RCSD strives to provide effective and efficient services that preserve the community's quality of life, enhancing the economical, environmental and social well-being that makes Rosamond a better place to live, work and play. The District provides water for domestic, irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. and fire flow, collects and treats waste and storm water, maintains street lights, oversees parks and recreation and provides graffiti abatement.
For more information, visit www.rosamondcsd.com.