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A weekly newsletter by and for Metropolitan employees
October 8, 2018
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Water Professionals
Happy Water Professionals Appreciation Week!

The California Legislature has designated the annual event to honor water industry employees who dedicate themselves to the communities they serve every day. 

This week, Metropolitan will be sharing stories of five employees who keep high-quality, reliable water flowing to Southern California.

·          Shalia Coburn , Assistant Engineer in the Construction Management Unit who joined Metropolitan one year ago

·          Joaquin Urrutia , Apprenticeship Program Mechanical Instructor at Diamond Valley Lake for the last four years

·          Jose Lozano , 11-year Met employee and Instrument and Control Technician who is part of a team responsible for the Jensen Water Treatment Plant control system

·          Arleen Arita , Engineering Services Special Initiatives Manager who joined Metropolitan 28 years ago to work on the construction of Diamond Valley Lake

·          Dee Bradshaw , Environmental Planning Manager and three-year Metropolitan employee who recently relocated to Sacramento to work on California WaterFix

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Be sure to visit our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages this week to see the full videos.
Metropolitan Briefings in Washington DC
What happens in Southern California water isn’t just of local concern. Sometimes the ripples extend across the country to Washington DC.

Our Congressional delegation and federal agencies have a keen interest in Southern California’s water issues. That’s why Metropolitan has a Washington DC office and why our executives and directors some times travel to the nation’s capital to update members of Congress and administration officials on key projects, water conditions and future planning for the region.

Last week, Chairman Record and GM Kightlinger were in Washington DC and briefed Congressional staff on our regional water programs, California WaterFix and the Drought Contingency Plan. 
Representative Napolitano (D-El Monte) also attended the briefing.

Other trip highlights included meeting with the members of San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce who were on their annual delegation trip. It was an opportunity for business and community leaders to hear how Metropolitan and local agencies can work together to provide reliable water supplies to the San Diego region. Senator Feinstein (D-California) spoke at the event and praised Metropolitan for its strong leadership.

Metropolitan representatives also attended an event with the National Water Resources Association whose members were meeting with federal officials on water infrastructure and funding.
Miles (Many of Them) to Go Before He Sleeps
You may know Bill Hasencamp for his work handling complex water policy issues associated with the Colorado River, but Bill’s other activities are also impressive.

Nearly every weekend, Bill competes in a 10k, marathon, ultra-marathon, a bike race or some other athletic endeavor. Last month, he was awarded the California Triple Crown for completing 50 Double Centuries (cycling 200 miles in one day). The routes are grueling and weather conditions can be punishing, but Bill says the chance to see parts of the state from a different vantage point and teamwork is what inspires him. 

Bill has also qualified for next year’s Boston Marathon – it will be his eighth time running the iconic race. As a runner in high school, he dreamed about running in just one Boston Marathon. He was at the race in 2013 and had completed the course when tragedy struck after bombs exploded near the finish line. “The race lost its innocence that day,” Bill says.  

Bill stays in shape by running and riding regularly. In the last year, he has ridden his bike 5,000 miles and run 1,500 miles. Bill often runs part of his commute to or from Union Station – ‘just the last 10 miles or so,” he says casually. Other days, he rides his bike the full 23 miles each way.  He says riding in the city "is more challenging than biking to the top of the highest elevation street in California or on cobblestone roads,” both of which he has navigated on his Double Century rides. 
New hires, transfers, promotions & retirements are posted here each month.   
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