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1861 - Andres Pico and partners granted state franchise to build toll road and cut 50-foot-deep cleft through (Newhall) Pass; they failed; Beale later succeeded [story]
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William Cooper, SCV Water Agency President

The SCV Water Board of Directors selected its leadership Tuesday at its regular Board meeting. William Cooper was re-appointed by his colleagues to serve as SCV Water’s president. Maria Gutzeit and Gary Martin were appointed to serve as vice presidents. The trio will lead the agency in 2019 as it continues to build upon the foundation of success from its first year of service.

“We have a lot of momentum going, as we make good on the promises of the merger last year,” said Cooper. “I especially want to continue our focus on efficiencies and savings that benefit the ratepayers.”

Mr. Cooper was elected president of SCV Water’s inaugural leadership in 2018, and was originally elected to the Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) Board of Directors in 1993. He is a long-time water professional having worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for about 40 years.

Maria Gutzeit, SCV Water Agency Vice-President

Ms. Gutzeit was selected in 2018 as a vice president of SCV Water’s inaugural leadership, and was the final president of the Newhall County Water District (NCWD). She is an environmental engineer and was initially elected to the NCWD board in 2003.

“I am very happy to continue to be part of the SCV Water officer team as we make it into the best agency it can be,” said Gutzeit. “Last year we had a lot of administrative tasks related to the formation as required by SB634. This year I’m excited that we have more time to focus on what the community wants and needs: more transparency, more user-friendliness, innovation and sustainability.”

Gary Martin (L), SCV Water Agency Vice-President

.Mr. Martin was a member of the inaugural SCV Water Board of Directors. In 2013, he was initially selected as a member of the CLWA Board of Directors, where he filled an at-large vacancy. He is retired after 19 years with the Mojave Water Agency where he served as the Director of Engineering and was responsible for the design and construction of over $150 million in water system capital improvement projects.

“I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as vice president for 2019 and I look forward to working with the Board and staff to continue the great work done in the 2018 inaugural year of SCV Water,” said Martin. “We need to continue efforts to deliver a best-in-class water agency to our customers, and to be ever vigilant and take advantage of opportunities to further secure our long-term water supply reliability.”

The SCV Water Board will meet twice monthly on the first and third Tuesdays. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are located at SCV Water’s headquarters at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road. All Board meetings are open to the public.

About SCV Water:
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 72,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018 when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.YourSCVwater.com

Gary Martin (L), SCV Water Agency Vice-President.

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  1. jim says:

    Well now, isn’t that special? The same folks who have for the last few years been maneuvering to manage all the water in the SCV have achieved their goals.

    Since the vast majority of the SCV water customers haven’t paid attention, or didn’t care about the changes in the last ten years, just exactly what is the benefit of having One Ring to Rule them all, and One Ring to bind them?

    Spare me the rhetoric of State required legislation since much of it was founded by the water Lords in this district. My properties with land-holding water rights are outside of the local purview so I don’t care about that. What I do wonder about is the machinations of local interests and agencies intending to manage every drop of water that ends up in the Little Santa Clara River watershed. State mandates aside, this seems to me to be a pre-emptive strike in advance of the next drought. Maybe that is a wise and considered plan to protect the local water (and water-shed) for all of us.

    And maybe it isn’t. Who benefits? Maybe all of us. But how do we know that?

    And do you care? You should.

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