“Water and Power: A California Heist.”

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I had difficulty sleeping in the wee hours of this morning, so I switched on the television and tapped into Netflix streaming.  The title I chose was “Water and Power: A California Heist.”  It is a National Geographic production which reveals how a handful of water barons managed to gain control of our state’s public water resources and privatize them.

Because my own local water company (Golden State Water) recently proposed 41% in rate hikes over the next couple years, and local citizens had concerns because of it, I found it timely to watch.

I think all Californians might find it educational to view.  Here’s a link to the trailer as provided by National Geographic.





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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Myrl their is no life without water. 

That rate increase is unreasonable in my opinion.

Feb 03, 2018 07:23 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This is a story that has been told all across United States and there are some people in the state of Washington, in government, who are trying to steal our water and our rights to it Myrl Jeffcoat.  We pay more for water than we do for gasoline...

Feb 03, 2018 10:22 PM #16
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

I read your post when you wrote it this week and so glad that Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah Ha" moments for the week. It's a topic we all need to be concerned with!

Feb 04, 2018 04:42 AM #17
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Myrl Jeffcoat this reminds me of the movie Chinatown about California Water Barrons. Sometimes movies are closer to reality than we see. People need to not take wate for granted and pay attention to the who/how/what delivers water to their faucets! Good education post. Thanks to Kathy Streib I found it.

Feb 04, 2018 05:45 AM #18
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Meryl. Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, its water source, is looking better. Water is cheap! Enjoy your day!

Feb 04, 2018 05:52 AM #19
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. Funny what we find when we can't sleep. This is eye opening for sure.

Feb 04, 2018 06:06 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose it this week to highlight!

Feb 04, 2018 07:29 AM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Stopping by again. I am sitting at my desk reading AR posts and watching it snow. This is the first big snow fall this year.

Feb 04, 2018 07:55 AM #22
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Going to have to search that on netflix, thanks for the recommendation

Feb 04, 2018 07:58 AM #23
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 WOW! I am on time crunch but will definetly watch this, the show on when no one can see it it should have been on prime time!

Feb 04, 2018 12:03 PM #24
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - My mind immediately went to "Chinatown". This is good for CA residents to check out!

 Sedona and other municipalities have private water companies. We do not have any public water companies the two that serve us are private. 

Feb 04, 2018 02:11 PM #25
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Myrl

I will definitely be checking out the link!! I never saw the movie Chinatown but will have to now!! Our local water authorities just released the "good news" that our water rates will not be going up, for the moment, as dramatically as had been projected and approved, at least for now.


Feb 04, 2018 07:23 PM #26
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Water is big business.... thankfully they have not started charging for air!

Feb 05, 2018 07:27 AM #27
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Not a big fan of Calif taxes and now water issues.

Feb 05, 2018 09:42 AM #28
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

This is definitely something all Californians should watch. I hope a reasonable solution can come out of all this, Myrl.

Feb 06, 2018 01:37 PM #29
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I started reading about the water barons of California when I visited Mono Lake. They do control everything when they control the water. And they control the water. Even today.

Feb 06, 2018 07:01 PM #30
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat 

You have peaked my curiosity! This something to definitely pay attention to, makes notes, do your own research, and stay on top of the water issue in the news. There seems to be a great deal of disharmony and trust issues with people in power. This is not the time to be silent. I read the links... gave me the chills. I know of the movie Chinatown but never watched it. 

I think everyone should watch and learn. I have a feeling this isn't just a concern for the people of California. Keep us posted with any additional information.

Feb 06, 2018 07:26 PM #31
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

YIKES! 41% is far from acceptable! 

I've gotten up in the night and watched tv, but for me it's usally stuff on my dvr. 

Feb 08, 2018 11:27 AM #32
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Myrl, for telling us about this movie.

Have a very special weekend.

Feb 10, 2018 06:40 AM #33
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

It sounds like it is an essential watch. The continued privatization could cause problems down the line. Thank you for sharing. 

Feb 14, 2018 09:52 AM #34
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