A Brief History
The history of the East Pasadena Water Company and the chronology of formal proceedings have been detailed in previous reports by the California Public Utilities Commission Staff (the “Commission”) and by the Company.
The California-Michigan Land and Water Company (“Cal-Mich”) was the predecessor to the East Pasadena Water Company. Cal-Mich was incorporated on December 23, 1910. The primary purpose of the Company was to develop and subdivide lands. However, a domestic water system was a necessity for the successful sale of land, and in 1913 the Company established such a system and began functioning as a public water utility.
The area originally served by Cal-Mich was known as the Michillinda Tract and consisted of about 100 acres. In 1913, the Commission authorized Cal-Mich to extend its service territory into an area known as South Santa Anita. In order to accomplish this, it purchased the water-purveying portion of the Cribb-Brodek Light and Water Company, which had acquired such rights in 1902 from E.J. Baldwin. In 1930, Cal-Mich acquired all of the stock of the East Pasadena Water Company and connected that system to its own. The East Pasadena Water Company served a portion of the A.B. Chapman Estate and Tract No. 4613.
In 1936, the Arcadia Avenue section was added to the Cal-Mich system. All of the aforementioned acquisitions have brought the Company to its current service area boundaries. In 1963, the Commission authorized Cal-Mich to sell and transfer its water system and properties to the East Pasadena Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary. The Commission also relieved Cal-Mich of its public utility status at that time. Thereafter, Cal-Mich concentrated solely on its land business.
East Pasadena Water Company now serves water to approximately 2,900 service connections. Pursuant to decision 85-04-076 adopted by the Commission effective January 1, 1985, the Company has less than 10,000 service connections and is therefore classified as a class “B” water utility and utilizes the uniform system of accounts for Class B, C, and D water utilities.