“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“But on Jan. 31, the firm will no longer represent the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
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada
on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the
Department’s commitment to collaborative, landscape-level
solutions to conservation and water issues.
“On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote
remarks at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Winter
Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing
a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced
development and landscape-level planning on federal public