Event May 08, 2018

ACWA CLE Workshop & Spring Conference

Association of California Water Agencies

Join Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys at ACWA’s 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition.

BB&K Speakers

Gail Karish
"Wireless Technology and Contracts" (CLE Workshop)
Tuesday, May 8
2 - 3 p.m.
Wireless technologies play an increasingly important role in water district activities. Whether it’s implementing advanced metering infrastructure and smart meters to improve service delivery and system monitoring, or it's managing cell site leasing programs that generate significant revenues, the legal and operational issues involved in negotiating these contracts and implementing these programs can be complex and have pitfalls for the unwary. Gail, along with Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Director of Information Technology Jim Ollerton, will offer guidance and legal and practical issues related to these types of contracts and programs.
"Wireless Technology and Contracts Negotiating AMI and Cell Site Contracts" [PDF]

Whitney Blackhurst
"Identification and Elimination of Implicit Bias" (CLE Workshop)
Tuesday, May 8
3 - 4 p.m.
This program explores what implicit bias is and how it may influence our decisions. Whitney will teach participants how to recognize some behaviors that may suggest implicit bias, including through the use of various tests commonly used to detect implicit bias. Lastly, Whitney will discuss various approaches to use in working toward the elimination of implicit bias.

Joseph Byrne
"Water Industry Trends Program - Building California’s Newest Water Agency: Clear Goals, Bold Ideas, and a Whole Lot of Grit"
Wednesday, May 9
2 - 3:15 p.m.
This panel will focus on how local and regional collaboration and ingenuity allowed SCV Water to streamline processes, enhance water management, and remove redundancies in operational procedures and costs – all in an effort to provide exemplary service and sustainable water resources while stabilizing rates and remaining fiscally responsible. Joseph will be joined by Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency Board Members Bill Cooper and Maria Gutzeit, SCV Water Assistant General Manger Steve Cole and Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Antelope Valley).

Stefanie Morris
"Are Adjudications an Alternative? How SGMA and Groundwater Adjudications Will Work Together or Not"
Thursday, May 10
9:30 - 11 a.m.
As GSA’s statewide begin implementing SGMA by developing groundwater sustainability plans or alternatives, many are evaluating their options to meet sustainability goals, including possible adjudications. This panel will discuss what adjudications are, how they work, how 2015 legislation will govern future adjudications, what results from any adjudication, how future adjudications might interact with SGMA and other possible groundwater litigation that may occur. Walk away with a basic understanding of the procedural and substantive realities of adjudications so that you can assess your options as SGMA implementation advances.


Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

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