CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
March 2016

Save the Date: Annual Meeting Announced
 
The CalMutuals Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Friday, June 3rd in Temecula.

Event Details:
Date: Friday, June 3rd
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (including Lunch)
Location: SpringHill Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country 28220 Jefferson Ave, Temecula, CA 92590

RSVP to Tristan@CalMutuals.org or by phone at (714) 449-3397


*Additional Detail Forthcoming*

CalMutuals Legislative Report: AB 1794

A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.  – John Cotter

One for All and All for One: Help Pass AB1794 (C.Garcia)
 
Last year, we banded together to dismantle AB 1077, a hostile bill aimed at Lincoln Avenue Water Company. This bill would have required mutual water companies to offer public participation at board meetings via teleconference and other electronic means thereby, exceeding what is required of water districts, cities and the legislature in providing remote access to board meeting. AB 1077 is an example of our growing ability to stand together across California.   We can stave-off attacks from hostile legislation and get helpful bills passed in Sacramento. 
 
This year, we are asking for your help in once again impacting legislation affecting mutual water companies. 
AB1794  introduced by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Co-Sponsored by Speaker Anthony Rendon would 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.  
 
Background Information: Central Basin is infamous for its corruption, and a legislative audit determined that the best way to reform the agency is to give those who buy its water a voice on the board.  This includes cities, investor-owned utilities, special districts and now, thanks to our organized efforts, mutual water companies. 
 
Your help is needed! Mutual water companies in Los Angeles County, who would otherwise be excluded from playing a role on the Central Basin Board of Directors, need letters of support from other mutual water companies throughout the state to assure passage.
 
Why your support matters:  Passage of AB1794 is important to for all mutual water companies in California.   This is 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 imperil water rights if mutuals are excluded from governance agreements.  By passing AB1794, mutuals can prove that we play positive roles and hold regional water suppliers accountable. 
 
If you can support and would like our staff to complete the letter on your behalf, please email your letterhead and/or logo to:
Tristan@CalMutuals.org or click here to download and complete the template support letter.
 
For information, please contact Denise Peralta Gailey at (714) 449-3397 or via email at
Denise@CalMutuals.org

Water Treatment Certification Test Date Approaching!

The Water Treatment Certification test is fast approaching, take full advantage of the many review courses set up throughout California before the May 21st test date.

The two-day review classes are designed to enhance your knowledge of water treatment. Classes include a pre-test, detailed instruction on the expected range of knowledge for water treatment operators, and practice exams. This format helps operators brush up on the many aspects of water treatment systems.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
April 20-21, 2016: Merced (Merced County)
May 18-19, 2016: Tulare (Tulare County)

EXAM: MAY 21st
Register Here!

For more information on the Water Treatment Certification, Click Here

Reminder: FREE Funding Fairs!

The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) is hosting six free Funding Fairs throughout the state.

The Funding Fairs provides water managers a better understand of grants, loans, and bonds currently available for infrastructure projects relating to improving water quality, supply, conservation and other related projects.

Staff from each agency will be available to answer questions for each specific project funding. This process will allow for an immediate and tailored discussion related to the financial difficulties mutuals are facing.

For dates, location and registration links to one of the six Funding Fairs,
click here.


The CFCC is composed of the following members:

 


Workshop: Free Drinking Water Workshops Available!

The Rural Communities Assistance Corporation (RCAC) provides free drinking water workshops to rural communities across the state.

These workshops are available online and in classroom settings, and are designed to provide information on several topics, including:

- Optimizing water meters for increased water efficiency
- Energy efficiency for utilities
- Ethics training (AB 54 & AB 1234)
- Sanitary survey preparation
- Basics for board members (budgets, rate settings, disinfection, capital improvement plans)

To review the complete list of free workshops and to register, click here. Space is limited, register now!


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