Mutual Water Company Directors Training Course 2013

Last year, a colleague and I conducted a state-mandated training course for directors of California mutual water companies pursuant to Assembly Bill 54. Given the interest level, we will offer two training courses this coming fall. 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:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The training will be similar to last year, updated based on new developments in 2013, such as the adoption of Assembly Bill 240. If you are interested in attending the training or learning more, please call my assistant Gina Lane, at (805) 882-1470 or email her at I can also answer questions below. We look forward to meeting you.

LAFCO Correspondence to Mutual Water Companies

I understand that the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO) in several California counties have sent correspondence to all mutual water companies within their boundaries about the requirements of Assembly Bill 54. Among other things, AB 54 requires all mutual water companies that operate public water systems to have their board members undergo a two-hour training on their responsibilities as directors, and to submit a map of their service area to LAFCO by December 31, 2012. If your mutual water company receives such a notice, and you would like to know more, please see my earlier post here about AB 54, and here about the required training course.

Mutual Water Company Directors’ Training Course 2012

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 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

CPUC Approves Acquisition of Investor-Owned Water Utility by Mutual Water Company

The Trinity River near Salyer, CA

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved acquisition of the water system assets of Riverview Acres Water Company (RAWC) in Trinity County by Salyer Mutual Water Company (SMWC). The CPUC decision in Resolution No. W-4923 sets forth the criteria for transferring a water system from an investor-owned water utility to a mutual water company and illustrates the relatively favorable view of such transfers by the CPUC.

New Legal Requirements for California Mutual Water Companies

Effective January 1, 2012, California law imposes new requirements on mutual water companies that own and operate a public water system. Adopted as Assembly Bill 54 (Solorio), and codified at several places in the California Corporations, Government, and Health and Safety Codes, the new requirements are intended to improve the quality of water served by domestic mutual water companies throughout the state. Assemblyman Solorio introduced the bill in response to failure of technical, managerial and financial capacity at the Diamond Park Mutual Water Company in Santa Ana, although that company is in the process of being dissolved after connection to the City of Santa Ana water system.

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