“Orville L. Abbott, an influential California water official and World War II aviator who survived a harrowing crash in the Pacific Ocean, died Jan. 23 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, his family said.”
“The Clark County Commission has approved a contract with John Entsminger, the unanimous pick to replace Pat Mulroy at the helm of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.”
“For a quarter century, Pat Mulroy kept water flowing to the nation’s driest city.
“Her work to stretch and supplement Nevada’s meager share of the Colorado River helped fuel the explosive growth of the Las Vegas Valley, which saw its population triple during her time as water chief.”
“[Los Angeles Mayor Eric] Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service.”
From the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC):
“The California Urban Water Conservation Council, a statewide organization formed in 1991 to increase efficient water use through partnerships among urban water agencies, public interest organizations, and private entities, is pleased to announce the selection of Gregory S. Weber as its new Executive Director. The selection was made following a national search process led by the Council’s Board of Directors.
“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.”