The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) received résumés and letters from 11 applicants looking to represent Division 3 on the agency’s board of directors through next year. The appointed candidate would fulfill the term left open after the passing of Lillian Kawasaki last July.
Kawasaki held the post for seven years, and her term would have expired in November 2014. Division 3 has 800,000 constituents, covering the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.
According to a WRD memo, the appointment process will allow applicants to introduce themselves to the board during a publicly noticed board meeting and to discuss their interests in becoming a boardmember. The appointment to fill the vacancy will occur at a publicly noticed board meeting as well.
Applicants had until Aug. 16 to apply for the position. Only registered voters and residents of Division 3 were eligible for consideration.
According to the memo, the following applicants applied: John Allen of Long Beach, Roderic Buck of Long Beach, David R. Clement of Long Beach, Lynn V. Dymally of Long Beach, Mason B. Villa Inocentes of Lakewood, Joy Janes of Lakewood, Christina Kysella-Dixon of Long Beach, Val Lerch of Long Beach, Michael Murchison of Long Beach, Jane Templin of Long Beach and Scott A. Warren of Long Beach.
The WRD is a regional groundwater-management agency, serving the West and Central Basins of Southern California. WRD charges public and private entities that pump water an annual assessment for replenishing underground aquifers. WRD’s entire service area includes 43 cities in southern Los Angeles County.
Each WRD director is paid a stipend of about $261 per meeting, capped at 10 meetings per month, in addition to medical and dental benefits, and funds related to travel and elections, according to WRD officials. For Fiscal Year 2012-2013, the WRD board had a total budget of $366,000.