As described in my earlier post here, the California Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 54 effective January 1, 2012, with consequences for mutual water companies that operate public water systems. Importantly, AB 54 requires all mutual water company directors to attend a 2-hour training course covering their duties as directors and the laws and regulations applicable to mutuals before December 31, 2012.

While I do not normally use this blog for commercial purposes, I thought readers might want to know that my law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, is offering a training course to satisfy all requirements of AB 54. The course will cover the nature of mutual water companies, corporate governance, duties of directors, water rights and water quality regulations.

Because mutual water companies are spread across the state, making travel to a central location impracticable for many directors, the training will be conducted by webinar on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm
  • Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

To register for the training, please contact Gina Lane of my firm at 805.882.1470 or glane@bhfs.com. Fees are $99 per attendee, with a maximum of $249 per mutual water company. For any other questions, please contact me at 805.882.1490 or wstrickland@bhfs.com.

2 comments

  1. I am only a shareholder in Banning Heights Mutual Water Co There are only 200 water meters in this community called “The Bench” We pay assessments in no par value shares. How can we learn what directors suppose to have learned in this class to make sure they are following the procedures.

    1. AB 54 contained a list of topics to be covered in any training course, and I would expect that any course would discuss those topics directly, plus additional topics that might be relevant to mutual water companies. The training that I offered in 2012 (and will again in the fall of 2013) covered the organization of mutual water companies, corporate governance, duties of directors, drinking water quality regulations and water rights. Each topic was covered in some detail, so that we filled two hours with substantive content. I cannot speak to what training your particular directors obtained, of course.

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