(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) released the following statement after passage of a new water bond to be considered by the voters in November.
“The passage this evening of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 reflects the culmination of more than a year of work by the Assembly on crafting a water bond for the people of California that involved a groundbreaking open and transparent process.
After a year of unprecedented statewide hearings on a water bond, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) joins Governor Brown, Speaker Toni Atkins and other statewide leaders in advocating passage of a smaller, more fiscally responsible water bond.
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, shares some water saving tips.
This week’s English radio address is 1:08.
Increased Funding Will Create Jobs and Protect State from Future Droughts
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331—the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The Assemblymember was joined by Central California lawmakers and industry trade groups who support the proposal.
“After holding hearings across the state, it’s clear that Californians want more storage in order to meet the growing water needs of our state,” said Assemblymember Rendon. “This increase in water storage funding will help protect California from future droughts and provide tens of thousands of new jobs at the same time.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State speech.
“Thanks to the Governor and the work of the Legislature our state is on the road to a strong recovery. However, failure to address California’s drought and ongoing water crisis threatens to undermine our hard-fought progress. We need to pass a water bond this year to fund the investments in water infrastructure that the Governor mentioned to alleviate the impact of the current drought, prepare better for the next drought, and spur shovel-ready job growth while protecting our state’s vital agribusiness and food production sector. The Assembly has convened the most transparent process in crafting a fiscally responsible and earmark-free water bond proposal that deserves to be considered by the state’s voters this year.”
For more information on the Assembly Water Bond process and proposal, visit http://awpw.assembly.ca.gov/waterbond
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon was signed by Governor Brown. AB 240 addresses the water quality problems in the 63rd Assembly district by requiring mutual water companies like those that that deliver water to Maywood’s residents to comply with the Brown Act and the Public Records Act—two icons of public agency law.
Sacramento, CA – The State Assembly voted 51-22 to send AB 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon to Governor Brown for approval. AB 240 would make mutual water companies more transparent and accountable to the residents that receive water from them. The bill also allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to potentially receive millions in grants to improve drinking water quality in Maywood.
Leaner Cleaner Version of State Water Bond Submitted For Public Debate
Sacramento, CA – The Water Bond Working Group convened by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and chaired by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon has completed its initial work on rebooting the critically flawed water bond passed by the Legislature in 2009. Rendon commented:
“I am very proud of the efforts of the Working Group. Each member dedicated a tremendous amount of time representing the priorities and concerns of their communities and constituents. We convened a very broad and public process to craft a leaner and cleaner proposal to move forward.”
Sacramento, CA – The Senate Budget Committee voted 9-5 to pass AB 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon that would make mutual water companies more transparent and accountable to the residents that receive water from them. The bill also allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to potentially receive millions in grants to improve drinking water quality in Maywood.
The residents of the City of Maywood receive water from three private mutual water companies that currently are not subject to comprehensive oversight. Maywood residents have for years expressed concerns about the quality of the water they receive, citing problems with discoloration, odors and taste. Various studies have found the presence of manganese and other unhealthy elements in the water. Some residents have even complained about the physical ailments that have resulted from bathing in the water.
Sacramento, CA – AB 240, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote.
AB 240 takes important steps to remedy the lack of transparency in mutual water companies like the three that currently provide water to the City of Maywood.