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Water Affordability Symposium 
April 5, 2018 
California Natural Resources Agency Building
Auditorium (1st Floor) 
1416 9th Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Morning Sessions: A Broad View

9:00am Opening Remarks

9:15am Panel 1: Foundations of Water Affordability

 Moderator: Martha Guzman Aceves (CPUC) 
 Stanley J. Czerwinski (National Association of Public Administration)  
 Manny Teodoro (Texas A&M)
 Laura Feinstein (Pacific Institute) 


10:45am Panel 2: Innovative Affordability Programs Outside of California

 Moderator: Marcus Franklin (NAACP) 
 Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari (Center for Water Security and Cooperation) 
 Michelle Bethel (Philadelphia Department of Revenue) 
 Gary Brown (Detroit Water and Sewerage Department)


Afternoon Sessions: California Solutions

1:00pm Remarks from California State Senator Bill Dodd

1:15pm Panel 3: California's Affordability Programs 

 Moderator: Greg Pierce (UCLA) 
 Robert Castaneda (Low-Income Oversight Board, CPUC) 
 Tracey Patterson (California Food Policy Advocates) 
 Linda Wheaton (California Dept of Housing and Community Development)


2:45pm Panel 4: AB 401 and the Path Forward 

 Moderator: Joaquin Esquivel (California Water Board)
 Adan Ortega (California Association of Mutual Water Companies)
 Laurel Firestone (Community Water Center) 
 Debby Cherney (Eastern Municipal Water District)  

4:00pm Closing Remarks

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