An organization pushing for a public purchase of California American Water's local system has released the results of a poll claiming a majority of likely voters on the Monterey Peninsula favor a ballot measure to do just that.
Public Water Now said in a news release Friday that its polling found 54 percent of 206 voters in the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District indicated they would support a ballot measure to require the water district to purchase Cal Am's Monterey district assets.
Twenty percent of those polled would vote against the measure, while 26 percent were undecided, the group said.
The poll found that 53 percent preferred the district's management, versus 20 percent who favored Cal Am, according to the release.
The group said the percentage of those in support of a ballot measure rose to 62 percent after they were asked a series of questions related to public ownership.
The poll was conducted by Gene Bregman & Associates, a Soquel-based public opinion and marketing research firm. The poll was done by telephone June 7-9 using a "randomly and scientifically selected" sample of likely June 2014 voters, the release said.
Public Water Now has scheduled a town hall meeting for Wednesday titled "Why Buy Cal Am?"
The meeting is set for 7:15 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road in Carmel.
A news release said the event will include a panel of speakers with "years of experience in Peninsula water issues" — though none are listed — as well as an unidentified guest speaker from the organization Food and Water Watch.
Members of Public Water Now include Ron Cohen, George Riley, Harvey Billig, Doug Wilhelm and Dale Heckhuis.
If you go
·What: "Why Buy Cal Am?" town hall meeting hosted by Public Water Now
·When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday
·Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel
If you go