Central Basin's secret $2.7 million fund broke law
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state’s open meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency’s attorneys concluded.
The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.
The subpoenas came after an FBI raid on the Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello). Calderon, along with his brother Thomas Calderon, a former assemblyman and influential Central Basin consultant, were charged last month in an unrelated fraud case.
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