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The latest thinkpieces make it hard enough not to sit up and take note of California’s ongoing drought. But if you’re still looking for that extra drama factor, look no further than the San Diego County Water Authority’s years-long spat with Metropolitan Water District.

Bear with me: Metropolitan Water District is the agency that doles out water to our own county Water Authority, which then distributes it to all y’all. The county agency gets about 50 percent of its water supply from Metropolitan. But for years, the Water Authority has accused Metropolitan of charging way too much to get that water to us. Potentially tightening the vise, Metropolitan is voting next week on how it’ll ration water to the 26 water districts and cities it supplies.

Dennis Cushman of the local Water Authority joined us on this week’s show to size up who wins in the battle with Metropolitan, and tell us what residents could expect from upcoming rationing.

Also on the show: a drought piece worth reading, our dramatic interpretation of a tense meeting between Qualcomm and stadium boosters, a popular platform for keeping tabs on your neighbors, why Logan Heights residents are our Hero and poor almonds are our (scape)Goat.

Listen to the podcast hereon Stitcher or on iTunes.

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[box title=””]We’ve also got a special member spotlight at the end of the show. If you haven’t heard, we’re pushing hard to meet our spring campaign fundraising goal – a whopping $100,000 by April 30. Donate here, and if you’re already a member, give me a shout if you’re interested in joining us on the show for your own spotlight moment: catherine@vosd.org.[/box]

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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