That’s the name of a group that’s formed on FaceBook. Are any of your friends fans? You can see their updates on your page if you “like” them.
I mentioned ”Mountain Water for Missoula, not the Carlyle Group” in this story about the way the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is helping some cities and towns write ordinances to assert power over corporations.
There’s plenty of bubbling from folks in Missoula who want the city to own its own water supply. People are writing letters to Mayor John Engen (a trickle, not a deluge, he said, but none opposed to municipal ownership), and in the story, he said he’d like to buy it but so far there isn’t a willing seller. He’s hoping for one in the future.
I’m going to follow up on that story and talk with someone who knows the law about the viability of the movement. It’s been more popular in conservative areas; some progressives prefer change happen within the existing legal framework.
But the FB group popped up here, and I’d like to know if some local ordinance can be used that puts the city of Missoula first in line to buy if the company goes on the market and the city offers a fair price. How would a lawyer craft something like that?
The horse has probably left the barn when it comes to the current deal, but it’s an interesting idea to explore.
– Keila Szpaller