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PWN FACTS vs. CAL AM FICTION - Cal Am’s recent claims are meant to scare and confuse you. They are desperate to stop our community from passing Measure J and getting the facts on the feasibility public ownership. We’ve identified seven of Cal Am’s claims that are simply untrue. Don’t be fooled. GET THE FACTS...

  • Cal Am says: It's worth $1 Billion.
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  • Cal Am says: Measure J is just a feasibility study.
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  • Cal Am says: It pays taxes for local services.
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  • Cal Am says: “No government takeover of a water system in California in the past 20 years has resulted in lower costs to customers.”
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  • Cal Am says: The CPUC gave Cal Am the green light on their desal project.
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  • Cal Am says: Cal Am’s desal is the answer to our need for more water. 
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  • Cal Am says: Peninsula ratepayers will get stuck with legal costs. Claremont’s experience proves it. 
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  • Cal Am says: The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District can’t run our water system. 
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The most expensive water in the country... brought to you by Cal Am! 
In 2015 Food & Water Watch completed a study of the 500 largest public and private water systems across the county, ranking them by the annual cost of water to the consumer. This is the largest study of its kind ever done. The study was based on a household using 5000 gallons of water monthly / 60,000 gallons annually.

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Cal Am attempts to disrupt the Public Water Now petition drive
On March 17 voters on the Monterey Peninsula received a mailer from Monterey Water Works paid for by California American Water. It asked them to withdraw their signature from the Public Water Now ballot petition based on what Cal Am claimed were inaccurate and misleading statements made by Public Water Now (PWN). The mailing included a preprinted form for voters to sign and a prepaid envelope. In the week that followed they started a calling campaign repeating the same baseless accusations, asking voters to un-sign the PWN petition. 

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How Cal Am's income is spent?
Cal Am collected $60,000,000 from Peninsula customers in 2016.  Here is a summary of where that money went and how it would be spent under local public ownership... 

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Towns sell their public water systems - and come to regret it
LAKE STATION, Ind. — This hard-luck town just south of Chicago is weighing a decision confronting many small and midsize cities with shrinking populations and chronic budget deficits: whether to sell the public water system to a for-profit corporation. 

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The next crisis for California will be the affordability of water
The price of almost everything is on the rise, but we tend to shrug off inflation in goods and services we can cut back or do without. Not water, the rising cost of which is looming as a defining economic problem in coming years

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It's time for Cal Am to pack up its profits and close up shop
Public effort should be favored this time. 

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Cal Am water bills to rise as much as 79 percent by March; more increases pending
Water service is about to get a whole lot more expensive on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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Public agency best alternative to Cal Am
Ratepayers, let’s make this plain and simple: Cal Am has got to go and public water has to replace it. 

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Pure Water Monterey recycled water project hailed at groundbreaking, challenges remain
Lauded as a model for regional collaboration and innovation, and even the “wave of the future” for the rest of California, the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project was universally praised... 

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New public takeover bid takes aim at Cal Am, expects to go on ballot in 2018
If all goes according to plan, Monterey Peninsula residents could get a second chance to approve a public takeover of California American Water’s local operation. 

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