Assemblymember Anthony Rendon: Assembly Working on California Water Crisis

SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) discusses California’s drought crisis and the Assembly water bond, which will include funding storage projects that will help protect California in the event of a future drought. Assemblymember Rendon has put forth Assembly Bill 1331, the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014, putting the Assembly’s water bond on the November 2014 ballot.

This week’s radio address is 2:27.
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“This is the Democratic weekly address from the Assembly Democratic Caucus.”

Assemblymember Anthony Rendon:
“This is Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.

California’s water system serves over 30 million people and irrigates 6 million acres of farmland.

2013 became the driest year on record in California. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse…almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought. Our Sierra snow packs that deliver a third of our fresh water are only one-tenth to one-fifth of normal.

Even without a drought, experts believe that we will be short 2 trillion gallons of water per year by 2020.

Many parts of our water infrastructure are well beyond design life and need upgrading or replacement. Federal water quality standards are not being met on over half of California's 3 million acres of lakes, bays, wetlands and estuaries. 30,000 miles of the state’s shoreline, streams and rivers do not meet federal water quality goals. 

Right now there are many places in California where residents rely on bottled water because their water is not safe to drink.  

The water crisis also threatens California’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry that relies on 80% of the state’s water supply. 

The aquifers in the Central Valley that serve millions of acres of farms are dangerously close to collapsing as a result of overuse and contamination.

Our efforts to protect our water, our residents, and our economy must include passing a responsible water bond.

That is why the state Assembly has spent the last year developing a new water bond. 
We’ve convened 8 public hearings throughout the state to hear from Californians about what they need in their communities. 

From these hearings, we’ve written a water bond based on a clear set of principles and a framework to responsibly guide our spending priorities, increase accountability, and equally address the needs of communities across the state.

As a result, we have a cleaner and more affordable water bond that is finely tailored to meet the needs of every region in the state.

This bond includes funding for improving drinking water quality, protecting rivers and watersheds, improving the reliability of clean water delivery, protecting the state’s Delta water system, and funding storage projects that will protect us from future droughts.

Assembly Bill 1331 is awaiting action in the State Senate. California needs this critical and fair water bond before the voters in November.

I’m Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.

Thank you for listening.”

Website of Assemblymember Anthony Rendon:

CONTACT: Bill Wong (916) 319-2063

Assembly Member Rendon Statement On Governor’s State of the State

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

Assembly Member Rendon Statement On Governor’s Budget

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 budget proposal.

“I’m pleased to see the Governor acknowledging the immediate need to address the state’s clean water supply problem. However, the needs of our state our much bigger than what is allocated in the budget. The voters have not passed a water bond since 2006 and much of the funding is about to run out. Unless we act this year, the voters will be presented with and likely to reject the flawed pork-laden late-night water bond deal that was passed by the Legislature in 2009. The Assembly has proposed a streamlined water bond proposal without earmarks that has gone through the most extensive public hearing process in history.

Bi-partisan group of California lawmakers calls on House leaders to stop harmful Farm Bill amendment

37 legislators ask Pelosi and McCarthy to protect California’s food safety and environmental and animal protection laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today thirty-five state legislators joined Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly's Water, Parks & Wildlife committee in signing a letter addressed to House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy requesting their leadership in stopping a harmful amendment to the Farm Bill. The so-called "King Amendment," named after its author Rep. Steve King of Iowa, would nullify dozens of California's laws.

Governor Signs Bill To Help Deliver Clean Water and Governance To Maywood

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.

Legislature Sends Bill To Fix Maywood Water To Gov. Brown

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.

Assembly Water Bond Working Group Completes Its Work on New State Water Bond

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.”

Senate Budget Committee Passes Bill To Fix Maywood Water

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. 

Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Statement on State Budget

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Member Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement on the State Budget signed by Governor Brown:

“I applaud Governor Brown and my colleagues in the Legislature for passing and signing into law a balanced and cautiously measured budget. However, I am gravely disappointed by the additional blue pencil reduction of $5 million for preschool and the state’s overall latch-key approach toward early education and child care.

Senate Committee Passes Bill To Improve Maywood 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.