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Water Rate Reform Workshop Series: A Deep Dive into Water Rate Structures

Join the Water Reliability Coalition for the final workshop on water rate reform

Thursday, April 5, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200,
San Diego, CA 92106

Join the Water Reliability Coalition for their second workshop on water rate reform. Panelists will discuss the feasibility of various rate structures for the City of San Diego, including the pros and cons of budget based billing, consumption based rates and other rate structures. Discussion will focus on best practices and lessons learned from other water utilities such as the Irvine Ranch Water District.
Attendance is free but registration is required.

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Paul Cook
General Manager of Irvine Ranch Water District
As General Manager Mr. Cook is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day District operations including a staff of nearly 325 and a combined annual Operating and Capital Budget of over $225 million. IRWD continues its long-standing commitment to water supply reliability, sustainability and innovation with capital projects that include the largest project in IRWD’s history, the Biosolids and Energy Recovery Facilities Project. IRWD has expanded the production and use of recycled water, and added to its water supply portfolio with new local wells, additional water treatment facilities, and an innovative water banking program. Customer rates continue to be among the lowest in Orange County.


Gordon Hess
Chair, Independent Rates Oversight Committee for the City of San Diego
Gordon has over 30 years of public and private sector experience and is a former executive level manager with a major southern California wholesale water agency.  Gordon is the Chairman of the City of San Diego’s Independent Rates Oversight Committee (IROC), a past Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Water and Energy Committee and served as an appointed member of the City’s Water Policy Implementation Task Force.  He is also involved with various community groups and organizations.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a registered Civil Engineer. 


Charles Modica
Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the City of San Diego’s Office of the Independent Budget Analyst
Charles staffs the City Council’s Environment Committee, and his work includes analyzing and forecasting City revenues and fees, preparing analyses of City ballot measures, and analyzing the budgets and operations of several City departments. This includes analysis of the City’s Public Utilities Department and the rates necessary to support water and sewer service for City residents and customers. Prior to joining the Office of the IBA, Charles worked for the City of Los Angeles, where he oversaw implementation of that city’s Proposition O storm water improvement program and worked on analyses of LADWP’s water and electricity rates.


Alan Karnovitz
Economics and Financial Services Group Leader, Hazen & Sawyer
Mr. Karnovitz has more than 35 years of experience performing economic impact, regional economic, financial, and cost benefit analyses and environmental assessments.  In his current position at Hazen, he has led a wide range of projects for our municipal clients including Financial Capability Assessments, Integrated Planning Framework evaluations, Stormwater fee studies, affordability assessments, and financial modeling for capital investment planning. Mr. Karnovitz has also worked extensively in international development performing economic and environmental assessments of planned water, sanitation, transportation, and power infrastructure projects in more than 20 countries.  He recently led a financial and institutional sustainability study of the water sector in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

Lee Ann Jones-Santos
Assistant Director of the Business Support Branch, Public Utilities Department
Lee Ann has been with the City of San Diego for 19 years starting her career as an accountant with the City Comptroller’s office.  Her experience includes knowledge in enterprise financial reporting, extensive knowledge of City operations and she has worked on high-profile the SAP implementation.  As the Assistant Director of the Business Support Branch, Lee Ann oversees the day-to day operations of all Business Support activities which include Finance, Information Technology, Customer Services and Long Range Planning.


Seth Gates 
Finance and Information Technology Deputy Director, Public Utilities Department
Seth joined the City of San Diego nine years ago after ten years of investment banking and private insurance finance operations. His experience with the City has included time spent with the City’s budget office, the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst, and most recently, as the finance and information technology deputy director for the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department.  As the finance and IT deputy director, Seth heads the rate development and setting process for the water and wastewater funds, capital borrowing, O&M and capital budget development / monitoring, among other responsibilities. 


Don Kelly
Executive Director, Utilities Consumers' Action Network (UCAN)
As UCAN’s Executive Director, Mr. Kelly runs a longstanding charitable organization with a 30 year history of protecting the ratepayers of utility services (water, electric, gas, telecom) in San Diego County before policy makers and regulatory bodies. UCAN also helps individuals with billing and service issues by seeking to mediating disputes regarding utility services. Mr. Kelly believes that ratepayers and policy makers should be fully informed regarding issues that affect utility services, and that when rules are fair and they are followed, everyone wins. 

April 5, 2018 10:00 AM  through  11:30 PM
2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200
San Diego, CA 92106
United States

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Phone: 858-634-4744

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