“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today [Jan. 9] praised President Obama’s intent to nominate Dr. Suzette M. Kimball to serve as the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Interior’s chief science agency. Kimball has led the agency in an acting capacity since February 2013.
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mired in a series of controversies over employee perks, rate hikes and customer service problems, lost its general manager Thursday as Ron Nichols announced he is stepping down.
“Nichols becomes the latest in a revolving door of leaders to cycle through the nation’s largest municipal utility, which has seen five general managers since 2007.”
“The announcement Thursday that the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will resign at the end of the month throws the nation’s largest publicly owned utility into yet another period of turmoil.”
“For 30 years, the lobbying firm of Carpi & Clay has helped the San Diego County Water Authority navigate treacherous political waters, from the Imperial Valley transfer agreement to securing local funding in multibillion dollar bond deals.
“But on Jan. 31, the firm will no longer represent the authority in Sacramento, ending an era started by prominent San Diegan Ben Clay and later carried on by his son, Jonathan.
“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor has announced that Donald R. Glaser has retired after more than 30 years of federal government service. Most recently, Glaser served as the Mid-Pacific Regional Director and Director of the Technical Service Center.
“Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District’s chief water department engineer has been tapped to lead the department. Former general manager and current water department manager Jesse Silva will retire Jan. 10.”
“Sally Jewell would rather scale the Washington Monument than sit in one more meeting about cutting her budget. This is not just hyperbole. The secretary of the interior has done both and clearly prefers the former.
“She wasn’t there to hear it, but outgoing Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy got a warm send-off Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association at Caesars Palace.
“Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.”
“Directors of the Calaveras County Water District approved several actions at their meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11. However, before voting on the actions, the directors first took time to elect a new president and vice president for the board.
“By unanimous approval, acting vice president Scott Ratterman was elected president, replacing outgoing board President Dennis Dooley.