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City: Pagemill Pastures' use of hydrant water was 'inadvertent' and occurred just once

Original post made on Mar 1, 2023

After a lengthy investigation into whether a Palo Alto equestrian center had been illegally taking water for years out of a city fire hydrant, Palo Alto Utilities has concluded that it occurred only once.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 3:40 PM

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Posted by Nancy the real Nancy
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 1, 2023 at 6:34 pm

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Mar 2, 2023 at 1:42 pm

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This incident should be a lesson to the local media. The original article made it appear that CPAU and that media had ample evidence of ongoing water theft over many years. Apparently there was no such evidence at that time not since. This almost certainly has been distressing to Pagemill Pastures' owner. After such a fiasco, the least CPAU could do is to waive the fine (a paltry $34) and issue a written apology, as should the media who ran with the "horror" of this supposed ongoing threat. They should be glad they are not being sued for damages! FYI, I have no connection with Pagemill Pastures or its owner, but I do recall the article and the (undeserved) bad publicity PP received.

Editor Response: Observer, we regret that our original story turned out to be in error and have removed it from Google search engines and posted an explanation on the story. The story, however, accurately reported what city officials said at the time. We had no means of investigating the accuracy of the city's position on Pagemill's water use other than to request a response from Pagemill Pastures, which declined to respond to our inquiries or discuss the city's claims. Just like a defendant in a civil or criminal case who faces charges that are ultimately dismissed or successfully defended, the best journalistic efforts to ensure fairness and accuracy in our reporting can sometimes fail and inflict harm. We're sorry that happened in this instance.

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