November 10, 2009 16:25 ET

Media Advisory: CORO Convenes Key Water Leaders to Discuss Historic California Water Legislation

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) -

WHAT:       The historic agreement approved by lawmakers earlier this month
            to overhaul California's antiquated water system and preserve
            the endangered Bay-Delta ecosystem will take center stage at a
            luncheon hosted by CORO, featuring top federal and state
            leaders as well as key stakeholders from the urban,
            environmental and farming interests.

            In the first public forum about the legislation since its
            passing, speakers and panelists will share unique perspectives
            about the comprehensive package of five water bills, and an
            $11 billion bond measure to fund them, slated to come before
            California voters in 2010.

 WHO:       Deputy Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration
            David J. Hayes (Keynote Speaker)
            Director of California Department of Water Resources
            Lester Snow (Special Guest Speaker)

            Deputy Secretary Hayes joined by a panel of experts that

            --   Thomas Birmingham, general manager and general counsel
                 Westlands Water District
            --   Barry Nelson, senior policy analyst for the Natural
                 Resources Defense Council
            --   Debra Man, chief operating officer of the Metropolitan
                 Water District of Southern California

            The panel will be moderated by Ron Gastelum, executive director
            of the Southern California Water Committee and co-chair of the
            L.A. Chamber Committee on Energy, Water and the Environment.

WHEN:       Thursday, November 12
            11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:      The Westin Bonaventure Hotel - Catalina Ballroom (3rd Floor)
            404 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

BACKGROUND: CORO was established in 1942 to strengthen the process of
            democracy by preparing individuals for effective and ethical
            leadership in the public arena. At the core of CORO programs
            is the convergence of experiential immersion and the CORO
            Method in environments of extreme diversity. CORO is a
            non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported
            by foundations, corporations and individuals.

CONTACT:    Edward Headington at CORO (818) 582-5374 or visit
            Malina Brown at The Rogers Group (310) 552-4150

Contact Information

    Edward Headington
    (818) 582-5374

    Malina Brown
    The Rogers Group
    (310) 552-4150