Author of Assembly Water Bills to Speak at UCR

Nov. 7 lecture focuses on laws related to mutual water company reform, state infrastructure needs

Anthony Rendon

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon will discuss water legislation he authored on Nov. 7.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) will discuss legislation he authored that addresses state water quality and infrastructure issues on Friday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at UC Riverside.

His presentation, “The Impact of Water on Our Health at the Local and State Level,” will be in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1128. The event will be preceded by a reception at 10:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in Lot 24. Reservations are requested at

The event is sponsored by the One Health Center, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy.

Rendon chairs the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. He also serves as a member of the Joint Legislative Audit; Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security; Local Government; and Utilities and Commerce committees. He represents the 63rd Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, South Gate, and the community of North Long Beach.

The Assembly member will focus on two pieces of legislation he authored: AB 240 (Maywood-Mutual Water Company Reform) and AB 1331 (Clean Safe Water and Climate Change Response Act of 2014).

AB 240 would require mutual water companies that operate public water systems to function more like public agencies in providing public access to company meetings and records. Mutual water companies, like the three that serve the city of Maywood, are private companies that do not have to disclose information about their operations. The legislation also aims to work toward creation of a unified public agency to serve clean water to the people of Maywood.

AB 1331 would ask voters to approve a $6.5 billion water bond that provides funding for safe drinking water; protection of rivers, lakes, streams and watersheds; regional water management for climate change; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta sustainability; and storage to respond to climate change. The legislation contains no earmarks.

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