CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
May 2016
Last Call: Annual Meeting this Friday

We are close to capacity for this Friday's Annual Meeting and encourage anyone interested in attending to RSVP by noon on Thursday, June 2nd.

In addition to the election of board members and officers, there will be a free seminar (valued at $750): The Basics of Operations Management for Mutual Water Companies.

Topics for the free seminar will include:
  • Updating Bylaws
  • Preparing to Apply for Grants
  • Safety Training
  • Accounting Fundamentals
Below are the Meeting Details:

DATE: Friday, June 3rd
TIME: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SpringHill Suites (28220 Jefferson Ave, Temecula, CA 92590)
COST: Free

CalMutuals President, Lisa Yamashita-Lopez, and Executive Director, Adán Ortega will be presenting status reports on legislative and regulatory priorities in Sacramento.

Lunch will be included.

To download the flyer for the meeting, click here.

If you plan to attend, please email your RSVP to, or call (714) 449-8403.

Water Board Hosting Workshops on Prop 1 Goundwater Grants

The State Water Board staff will conduct six public meetings across California in June to provide an overview of the Prop 1 Groundwater grant funding process and the adopted Guidelines.

Division staff will also provide an overview of the Final Application for the Groundwater Grant Program and answer any applicant specific questions.

Dates and locations of upcoming public workshops are provided below:

Monday, June 13th (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Orange County Water District
18700 Ward Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
To register, click here

Wednesday, June 15th  (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

AK Smiley Public Library
125 West Vine Street
Redlands, CA 92373

To register, click here

Friday, June 17th  (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
320 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013

To register, click here

Tuesday, June 21st  (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board - Fresno Office
1685 E Street
Fresno, CA 93706

To register, click here

Wednesday, June 22nd  (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

To register, click here

Monday, June 27th  (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board - Sacramento Office2
11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
To register, click here

Note: Due to limited space available, registration is recommended.

If you cannot attend one of these workshops, a webcast will be available on June 27th at

DWR Announces Listening Sessions

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), State Water Board and California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) will hold three public  listening sessions over the next week in response to Governor Brown’s May 9th Executive Order.

The listening sessions will cover urban, agricultural and rural water shortage issues, focused on directives relating to long-term water conservation goals in the California Water Action Plan.

Below are the details:

Listening Session 1:  Friday, June 3 in Sacramento

Department of Water Resources Auditorium (1416 Ninth Street)

Urban Session 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Agricultural Session 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Live audio feed will be available at this session.

Listening Session 2:  Monday, June 6 in Los Angeles
Metropolitan Water District - Headquarters Building Board Room (700 N. Alameda Street, 1st Floor)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Listening Session 3:  Tuesday, June 7 in Tulare
Southern California Edison, Energy Education Center (4175 South Laspina Street)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Meeting materials are available by
clicking here. Please print and bring your own copies of these materials. 

To download the flyer from DWR,
click here.

CalMutuals Takes Action to Address Tax Exempt Status Issue

CalMutuals has submitted a letter of support for a budget trailer bill that will serve as the vehicle in addressing the absence of a tax exemption status in California for mutual water companies.
A concern faced by mutual water companies in accessing grant funding from the state revolving fund (SRF) and Prop. 84 is the absence of tax exemption status in California for mutual water companies. This will continue to be an issue as mutual water companies apply for grants from the recent voter-approved Proposition 1.

The federal tax code, 501c12, grants mutual water companies tax exempt status; however, no equivalent exemption exists at the state level.

CalMutuals is seeking to address this issue through a budget trailer bill that includes provisions for enacting state tax exemption status for mutual water companies.

We will continue to keep our members updated on the status of our efforts.

For questions or comments, please contact Denise Peralta Gailey at (714) 449-8403 or via email at

Update on AB 1794 (C. Garcia)

As reported in our March newsletter, CalMutuals has been actively supporting AB 1794 (C. Garcia) which, if passed, will include three (3) members from the water purveyor community to a seven (7) member-board of the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County to increase representation and transparency.

With our support, AB 1794 has now reached the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Why our support matters:  Passage of AB 1794 is important to mutual water companies across California because implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has created issues for mutual water companies in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire that could jeopardize water rights if mutuals are excluded from governance agreements. 

Passage of this bill can prove that mutuals play positive roles and will hold regional water suppliers accountable.

We will continue to monitor AB 1794 and keep our members updated on the status of the bill.

For questions, please contact Denise Peralta Gailey at or by phone at (714) 449-8403.

CalMutuals Legislative Tracker

We've updated the list of bills that CalMutuals staff is tracking.

For an updated version of our legislative tracker, please click here.
We will continue to keep our members updated on the status of our advocacy efforts.
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