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Wednesday, May 28 2014 12:40 PM

'First Look': Columnist Lois Henry talks about Tejon Ranch as a private water seller

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry talks about water at Tejon Ranch with Scott Cox on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Californian columnist Lois Henry saw it coming in November.

Last year, Tejon Ranch announced it had purchased water to build 3,400 homes at Tejon Mountain Village -- a community to be developed at the top of the Grapevine.

But with all the water the ranch was buying, Henry had said Tejon would become a private water seller.

And that is exactly what happened.

Tejon Ranch made $3 million, net, from selling most of the Nickel water in the first three months of the year, Henry said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The ranch has done a number of banking and exchange programs through the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water District as well, Henry pointed out.

"Public money has gone to enrich the Nickel family and move this water all over the place," she said. "It's enriching Tejon Ranch and I kind of have a problem with that."

Henry also questioned if a 12,000-home village at the foot of the Grapevine was really necessary, especially because there are many homes in Kern County that are vacant.


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