BY BRIAN HEWS • firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in 2016, current California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia proposed AB 1794, “to increase accountability in a climate of poor leadership and ethics by creating a new governance structure for the Central Basin Municipal Water District.”
AB 1794 added three unelected appointees to the CB Board of five elected members, the appointees nominated by local water purveyors and chosen by the Central Basin GM, who is currently Kevin Hunt.
The bill mandated the removal of an elected seat in 2022 while keeping an appointed seat, causing many to warn of a possible Voting Rights Act violations.
Unknown at the time but revealed later in a series of jaw-dropping articles, Garcia, a champion of the #Metoo movement, was in her own climate of extremely poor leadership and questionable ethics that would see the Assemblywoman accused of crotch grabbing male friends in public, drinking and having sex in her office, throwing out racist and homophobic slurs at Assembly leaders, targeting her colleagues, and harassing staffers.
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