The Glendale City Council reluctantly endorsed a water rate increase to deal with what city staff characterized as a “crisis” situation in the city’s utility.
City Manager James Starbird apologized to the council for management failure to address the problem before. He said previous councils had chosen not to pursue needed upgrades in the past.
After a full dress presentation by DWP staff about the need to raise some $220 million over the next 20 years, Councilman John Drayman said there could be a perception that some “salesmanship” was going on. However, he promised the third vote to bring the rate measure back for a final vote next week.