On November 8, 2022, voters will be able to choose a new member of the Water Replenishment District #3.

It is critical that you carefully read the labels each candidate has given themselves to encourage your vote.

1. John Allen, Retired Water Commissioner. Actually, Mr. Allen is not a retired water commissioner. It appears that he does not want voters to know he is on the WRD and has been since 2014. During this time the WRD was sued by several cities for illegal assessments and embroiled in internal problems concerning management and board members.

2. Mike Murchison, Water Infrastructure Advocate. Mr. Murchison makes his living as a full-time paid lobbyist and boasts on his consulting website that he is currently “working with Silverlakes ownership to identify state funds for a water infrastructure project.”

3. Gerrie Schipske, Water Ratepayer Advocate. Ms. Schipske is an attorney, open government, and water ratepayer advocate who successfully challenged illegal rate increases resulting this year in the City of Long Beach returning more than $30 million dollars to ratepayers.

The choice for Water Replenishment District #3 is clear. 
We need leadership that protects you, the ratepayer.

What is WRD?

The Water Replenishment District (WRD) is the largest groundwater agency by population in the state of California, managing and protecting local groundwater resources for four million residents. WRD's service area covers a 420-square-mile region of southern Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The 43 cities in the service area, including a portion of the City of Los Angeles, and other unincorporated parts of LA County use about 220,000 acre-feet (72 billion gallons) of groundwater annually which accounts for nearly half of the region's water supply needs.

WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high-quality groundwater is available through replenishment with recycled water and stormwater capture. WRD is responsible for monitoring and testing groundwater throughout the region using effective management principles. In 2013 and 2014, WRD was appointed by the Court as the Watermaster Administrative Body for the Central and West Coast Basins. In this role, WRD is responsible for administering the terms of the legal judgments controlling pumping, water rights sales and leases, storage, and carry-over conversions.

WRD owns three water treatment facilities: two advanced water treatment facilities and a groundwater desalter. Furthermore, WRD leads the robust Regional Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program, a Safe Drinking Water Program, and a Water Education Program.

Division #3 includes: Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.

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Monday, October 31, 2022

Schipske States WRD Misused Public Funds to Buy Advertisement Featuring WRD President and Candidate, John Allen

 November 1, 2022


Schipske States WRD Misused Public Funds to Buy Advertisement Featuring WRD President and Candidate, John Allen

Gerrie Schipske, Water Ratepayer Advocate and candidate for the Water Replenishment District #3, today issued the following statement concerning the misuse of public funds by the Water Replenishment District. Schipske points out that the WRD purchased a full-page advertisement in the program booklet given out by the Historical Society of Long Beach during the recent Annual Cemetery Tour. The ad featured a portrait photo of John Allen and a group photograph that identified him as the “president” of WRD.

She issued the following statement:

“WRD is a public agency that assesses the water departments and agencies of local government. Those assessments are passed along to the water ratepayers. By law, the assessments are only to be used to provide water replenishment services. Instead, WRD has a long history of purchasing advertisements promoting its board members.

Less than nine days before the election, WRD placed a full-page advertisement in the program booklet distributed during the Historical Society of Long Beach’s Annual Cemetery Tour. The ad featured a portrait photo of the current candidate, John Allen, and a second photograph with Allen posing as President of the WRD. The ad is clearly a campaign advertisement for Allen.

Water ratepayers should not be paying for the campaign of any WRD member. Leading up to an election, the WRD which is a government agency should refrain from using public funds to pay for any advertisement which features any WRD elected officials.

The last time I checked, the water ratepayers of Long Beach have been continually assessed to pay WRD for its ‘pumping charges.’ This assessment has increased the monthly water bills Long Beach ratepayers are charged. These funds should not be used to pay for the publicity for its elected officials.”

Gerrie Schipske is an attorney and water ratepayer advocate
seeking election to District #3 of the Water Replenishment District.