Fri12192014

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LAH’s water-rate increase due next month

Water district officials in Los Altos Hills say they should know next month exactly how much they plan to raise residents’ rates.

Patrick Walter, general manager of the non-profit retailer Purissima Hills Water District, said that as of now, the district is weighing the impact of an increase between $0.45 and $0.81 per unit.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which wholesales to local retailers, is upgrading its system and passing costs onto customers. The water district’s board of directors voted Jan. 11 to implement a “pass-through” increase, meaning they would charge whatever rate the SFPUC uses.

“It’s very clear to us that because of the wide range, we don’t want to overcharge or undercharge,” Walter said. “We want to charge a fair rate for water, and our board members are holding our feet to the fire to do that.”

The rates would apply for approximately the next five years, but if the directors decide to modify them, Walter said the process would include public hearings.

– Elliott Burr

Open space district appoints Los Altos resident to board

A Los Altos-based non-profit agency that purchases and protects open space on the Peninsula named resident Curt Riffle to its board of directors.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District appointed Riffle, currently an employee at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, to oversee a ward that includes Los Altos and Mountain View.

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