ALAMEDA COUNTY | This is the Alameda County Water District's most recent history: over the past 12 years it has raised water rates on its 336,000 customers in South Alameda County by percentages of 7, 6, 6, 5, 8, 4, 6, 9, 8, 9, 17 and this past week another 7.
Now the Bay Area News Group reports the same water district plans to spend $280,000 on research and publication of two books chronicling its 100-year history. A 450-page volume is planned along with a smaller pictorial version of the district's history slated for a run of 15,000 copies, said the paper.
In recent years, public officials at the water district have pushed through rates increases on Fremont, Newark and Union City residents to improve its aging infrastructure and pension obligations.
The dubious expenditure of creating a book of its history will likely raise the ire and water temperature of their customers.
Besides, when it comes to obscure special districts, everyone knows the best reads come not from water districts, but local sanitary districts because everybody wants to read that shit.