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CMUA was initially formed in 1932 and incorporated in 1933 to represent the interests of California’s community-owned electric utilities before the California Legislature. Following our many legislative successes, CMUA launched a new program in 2010 to increase its advocacy efforts before both administrative and regulatory agencies that may have a significant impact on California’s energy and water utility operations.

Today, CMUA represents its members’ interests on energy and water issues before the California Legislature, the Governor’s Office and the maze of regulatory bodies, such as the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the Department of Water Resources, the California Independent System Operator, and the State Water Resources Control Board.

President’s Message

CMUA | Thursday, May 25th, 2017

johnrossCMUA’s New President

John Rossi
General Manager
Western Municipal Water District

Many positive changes are afoot at CMUA as I transition into the presidency and succeed Michelle Bertolino. Michelle superbly led the association through our recent transition and, as a result, we have many exciting options before us.

Despite the multi-year drought now identified as officially over, the Legislature and regulatory agencies haven’t slowed one bit in pushing California forward on major efforts like water conservation and renewable energy expansion. Some of their proposals will stress our communities financially, and through CMUA we are strongly advocating for policies that benefit our customers and communities. Fortunately, we have an excellent reputation and are fully engaged in each debate.

As we approach these challenges, I believe we are stronger together. None of us is as smart as all of us, and that is one great advantage we bring to policy conversations — many voices and perspectives, gelling together to form solutions that move our state forward.

Our new Executive Director, Barry Moline, is eagerly rolling out new programs to provide us better information, effective advocacy, and robust education and networking. We are examining best practices across the association world and seeking to implement those that fit best for us in California. We will see many positive changes in 2017 and 2018 that everyone will notice.

I want to hear from you in order to understand your perspective on how CMUA can not just do better, but be great. Please share with me any ideas you have and we will consider them seriously. We can only improve through member involvement. That’s why your ideas, thoughts and brainstorms are vital to our future.

I look forward to working with you.


John Rossi


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