SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Water Authority voted Thursday to increase water rates by more than 7 percent, but San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said the hike will not be passed on to customers.
The CWA's rate increase was part of a $1.42 billion budget passed by the Board of Directors.
That's a 16 percent decrease from what was previously planned in a two-year outlook, and includes a $235 million drop in capital spending. The CWA also will lower department operating costs by 7 percent and eliminate the equivalent of 31 full-time positions.
The agency takes water from the main Southern California wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District, and passes it down to 24 member districts, such as the city of San Diego and Padre Dam Water District.
Sanders said the city will have to absorb $8.75 million in additional water costs.
"The cost of water is an enormous concern for everyone in this city, from the families trying to keep their households solvent to the businesses struggling through the worst economy since the 1930s," Sanders said. "We are doing everything in our power to postpone any future water-rate increases as long as possible."
Sanders said the city's Public Utilities Department is taking steps to hold the line on its costs. He accused the MWD of artificially increasing the water bills of San Diegans.
A pedestrian was found dead on Interstate 5 around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. California Highway Patrol say a car struck and killed the man, leaving him to die in the freeway.
The San Diego Fire Department was called to terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport, Saturday afternoon for reports of a fire.
A sailor has died after he was struck by a helicopter blade at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.
Slightly warmer and drier today after temperature records were broken overnight. Daytime temperatures expected to be 5- 10 degrees below seasonal norms.
The head of the federal agency that grants citizenship and immigration benefits said Friday that he had a message for anyone who considers his new mission statement anti-immigrant: "A thousand times no."