LEGISLATIVE & LEGAL AFFAIRS

 

Public Records Requests - Financial Cost Summary

October 9

2022

In 1975, the California legislature passed the "Public Records Act" designed to give the public access to information in the possession of public agencies. The idea was simple and admirable, those who foot the bill for public activities have the right to know what's going on by submitting a Public Record Request or a "PRA".

Unfortunately for NYWD ratepayers, a handful of serial PRA requesters have cost our District a significant amount of time and money. Because these same few individuals also have filed lawsuits against the District, PRA responses are handled by the District's attorneys.

 

Here is a summary of recent costs associated with providing the information to the serial requestors:

PRA Requestor's Name | Cost to the District

Period 4/1/21 - 9/30/22

  • Charles Sharp  | $56,519.27

  • Marie "Marieke" Furnee | $22,863.12

  • Gretchen Flohr | $21,848.80

  • Jenny Cavaliere | $4,535.00

  • Israel Perla | $3,869.00

Lawsuits by Irrigation Customers - Financial Cost Summary

October 8

2022

Unfortunately for NYWD ratepayers, a handful of irrigation customers have cost our District a significant amount of time and money through a number of recent lawsuits. 

 

Here is a summary of costs associated with these lawsuits to date:

  1. Marie "Marieke" Furnee, Gideon Beinstock, Jenny Cavaliere, Donna Corson, Israel Perla and Charles Sharp vs NYWD

    • Status = On September 14, 2022 the Judge denied their petition and dismissed the case.

    • ​NYWD costs to defend the lawsuit = $172,698
       

  2. Marie "Marieke" Furnee, Gideon Beinstock, Jenny Cavaliere and Israel Perla  vs NYWD

    • Status = Pending

    • ​NYWD costs to defend the lawsuit to date = $26,934
       

  3. Charles Sharp  vs NYWD, NYWD Board, Yuba County Elections​ and Terry Hansen, Yuba County Clerk

    • Status = Pending

    • ​NYWD costs to defend the lawsuit to date = $152,331
       

  4. Fellowship of Friends vs NYWD​ and NYWD Board of Directors

    • Status = Pending

    • ​NYWD costs to defend the lawsuit to date = $54,938

 

NYWD Prevails Again in Lawsuit Brought by a Handful of Irrigation Customers

September 14

2022

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NYWD Deposition of South Feather Water & Power Agency's Finance Director, Steve Wong

August 19

2022

NYWD is currently suing SFWPA claiming that vital financial records have been withheld from NYWD that would show SFWPA owes more money to NYWD than what has been distributed. Here is a three part video of the deposition of SFWPA's Finace Director, Steve Wong

NYWD and SFWPA Correspondence Re: 2022 Water Demand

March 24

2022

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NYWD Issues Press Release Outlining Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against SFWPA

June 18

2021

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NYWD Files Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against SFWPA

June 17

2021

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Judge Denies Petition of Irrigation Customers Against NYWD

May 14

2021

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