Anthony Rendon Statement on State Auditor Report on Central Basin Water District

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after the California State Auditor released her report on the Central Basin Municipal Water District:

"The Auditor's report confirms many of the concerns I have expressed about Central Basin, particularly of its board of directors.

"The board has failed to promote sound fiscal practices, reflected by the district's operating deficit in three of the last five fiscal years. I fully support the Auditor's recommendation that Central Basin create a long-term financial plan that puts the district on a sustainable path forward.

"The audit also outlines several instances of inappropriate use of public funds, including noncompetitive contracting processes, excessive compensation for board members and a $2.7 million legal trust fund approved in closed session.

"These actions are an unacceptable violation of the public trust. The only solution to the district's broken culture is a renewed commitment to transparency and ethical behavior. I plan to work with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and our legislative colleagues to take all necessary steps – including pursuing legislation – to correct the ills at Central Basin."

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon is serving in his second term representing the 63rd Assembly District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate.

CONTACT: Kevin Liao, Phone: (916) 319-2063