The Major Milestones
in the Golden State Buyout

The Golden State court case* is now behind us, and the following major milestones now remain. When we made this list, we purposely didn’t include dates, because stuff does happen. But we’ll keep updating the list to show where we are. Our current best guess is that Golden State will be out of Ojai by October 1, 2017. Then what a grand celebration we’ll have!

  1. Appraisal is made. ☑ In process; will likely be done in January 2016.
  2. Casitas Board decides how much to offer.
  3. Casitas makes an offer.
  4. Golden State says yes or no.
  5. Negotiations likely to occur.
  6. If Golden State says no:
    1. Casitas Board holds a hearing to decide/approve the use of eminent domain.
    2. Casitas files the court case.
    3. Right to take trial occurs.
    4. If that comes out in favor of Casitas, a valuation trial follows.
    5. If the cost to buy Golden State comes out as planned in budget, go to #8.
  7. If Golden State says yes: Go to #8.
  8. Casitas issues bonds, and the Casitas Mutual Water District purchase of the Golden State Water Company operations in Ojai takes place—estimated before October 1, 2017.

* In July 2015, the California Supreme Court refused to hear Golden State’s appeal of the appellate court decision regarding the use by Casitas of Mello-Roos bonds to fund the buyout of Golden State Water operations in Ojai. This was nearly two years after the landslide (87% in favor) August 20, 2013, election to buy out Golden State operations in Ojai. This delay has already cost the Ojai ratepayers more than $6.5 million dollars, because they have yet to be billed at the lower Casitas water rates they voted for. To recoup that loss, Ojai FLOW has filed a class action suit on behalf of all Ojai Golden State ratepayers. That case will go to trial when all losses have been counted, after the final takeover of Golden State.


Don’t fool around with Ojai,


We went over the top, with 87.4% voting Yes.

This is unheard of and we should all be proud to be part of such a united community. This election will go down in history and used to show that people
can control their destiny.


Total Registration = 4,796

Total Ballots Cast= 2,464 (51.3%)

Yes Votes = 2,154 (87.4%)

NO Votes= 310 (12.6%)

FLOW - Election Night

Overseeing the Vote count on election night.
August 13, 2013

Left, Pat McPherson (Ojai FLOW Chair) – Steve Wickstrum (Casitas Gen. Mgr.) –
Russ Baggerly (Casitas Board member for Ojai)