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July 15, 2019
Secretary Crowfoot Encourages Collaboration
As a guest at Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting last week, California’s new Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot shared steps the Newsom Administration is taking to modernize the state’s water systems and help California overcome challenges to its water supply.

Crowfoot, who previously worked for Governor Jerry Brown and the Environmental Defense Fund, told the committee that Governor Newsom has called for a road map on how the state will face future challenges, including earthquakes and salt water intrusion in the Bay Delta, which could threaten California’s water supply.

Recognizing that Metropolitan’s Board previously voted to support the California WaterFix twin tunnels project, Crowfoot explained why the governor supports a single-tunnel solution to Delta conveyance.

“We support a single tunnel that is feasible, affordable and can get delivered under this administration,” he said. “The easiest thing politically would be to kick the can down the road. While the administration felt like it needed a different project, we are committed to advancing conveyance because California needs it.”

Crowfoot also spoke of the importance of the state’s Water Resilience Portfolio which is being developed with input from water agencies and stakeholders, as well as the need for more water storage, successful voluntary agreements with water users, and support for local leadership on water issues.

He acknowledged Metropolitan’s regional significance, emphasizing his commitment to collaborating with Met and other water agencies.
Awards Abound at Metropolitan
The stellar work of Met staff was on full display in June as Water Quality and External Affairs staff accepted multiple national awards.

Senior Chemist Chih-Fen Tiffany Lee accepted the American Water Works Association’s 2019 Best Publication Award for co-authoring a research paper alongside lead author and Principal Environmental Specialist Stuart Krasner, who retired from Metropolitan in October after 42 years.

The paper studied N-nitrosodimethylamine, a possible carcinogen, that can occur in drinking water, but is not yet regulated. It was selected as the Best Paper in AWWA’s Water Quality & Technology Division and later selected as the winning publication out of six divisions.

“Our function is to better understand emerging contaminants and once we understand that, we will know how to better treat it.” said Lee , an 18-year Metropolitan employee who works in the Emerging Chemical Constituents team at the Water Quality Lab.

External Affairs also brought home four awards from the National Association of Government Communicators.

  • Most Improved Publication for the new “Leadership Today. Water Tomorrow.” brochure

  • Special Purpose Product for the “Live, Work and Play in the Desert” apprentice recruitment video series

  • Special Event for community outreach with the Los Angeles Dodgers for “bewaterwise night”

  • Grassroots Marketing for a unique partnership with a popular Chinese-language game show
Kindness as the Key to a Near 50-year Career
How many employees can claim they started work during Henry Mills’ reign as general manager? Lupe Tesso can.

She has worked under nine general managers and currently holds the record at Metropolitan as the longest working female at the district with almost 50 years of service.

She fondly recalls working with former General Manager Evan “Griff” Griffith, who lived up the street from her home, and delivering his country music tapes to friend Carl Boronkay who succeeded Griff as general manager.

Lupe started in the summer of 1969 as a junior clerk in purchasing. Throughout her time at Metropolitan, she has coordinated travel for the district and provided administrative support for multiple board letters. She currently works as an administrative analyst in the IT department.

When asked what made the organization unique, she responded, “The people. Metropolitan has been like a family.” She described how her daughter often visited her at the office, co-workers attended her wedding and supported her when her mother fell ill. Lupe has been to countless get-togethers with her co-workers, celebrating holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, and even a few memorials.

She finishes many of her stories with the following good advice: “Be nice to everyone because in the end, it’s the people who really matter.”

When Lupe’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite activity is traveling with her granddaughters Zayleigh (5) and Delanie (4). The family plans to take a cruise to the Caribbean this winter and a tour of Europe next year. 
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