The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has three new members representing the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the city of Glendale.
Bell Gardens City Councilman Pedro Aceituno and real estate broker Phillip D. Hawkins will serve as Central Basin’s representatives on Metropolitan’s 38-member board, joining Glendale City Councilman Zareh Sinanyan as his city’s representative.
Aceituno, who was first elected to the Bell Garden City Council in 1999, is the city’s longest-serving elected official. He was elected to the Central Basin board last November, representing Bell Gardens, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera, West Whittier-Los Nietos and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Aceituno was recognized by Central Basin in 2007 for his work in making Bell Gardens the first city in the region to embrace a citywide water conservation program that integrated water-saving measures at public parks and facilities.
Hawkins twice previously served on Metropolitan’s board — from July 2014 to February 2015 and from June 2003 to August 2009.
Re-elected to his fifth term on Central Basin’s board last November, the Cerritos resident and former assemblyman currently serves as board president. His Central Basin district consists of the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Paramount and Signal Hill.
Sinanyan, an attorney with his own Glendale law practice, was elected to the City Council in April 2013 and served as mayor from April 2014 to April 2015.
The founding chair of the Glendale Economic Development Corp. currently serves as Glendale Housing Authority chair, secretary of the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority and vice chair of the Eco-Rapid Transit Authority.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state- established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies.
—City News Service