Cowboy tactics not helping turn failed McAllister Ranch subdivision into Kern’s newest water bank

April 1, 2019
by Lois Henry
Lois Henry

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Well, that didn’t take long.

It’s been less than a month since Buena Vista Water Storage District bought the remaining 600 acres of the failed McAllister Ranch subdivision and it’s already butting heads with Bakersfield city officials.

Like, major league butting.

The city cited the water district last week for excavating several ditches on the property without permits and for putting up K-rail barriers blocking public roads.

And it fired off a letter to Buena Vista’s attorneys threatening to revive a lawsuit over the district’s plans to create a water bank on the former housing development.

The lawsuit was stayed several years ago under an agreement that no work in connection with water banking would be done on the property prior to a completed environmental impact report.

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