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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Central Basin Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Board of Directors, Division 1

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Martha E. Camacho-Rodriguez

19,217 votes (28.96%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Establish fiscal responsibility and accountability to improve credit rating
  • Protect consumer rights and give ratepayers financial options to meet their financial responsibilities
  • Ensure our communities aren't stripped of their civil rights or protections as ratepayers



Profession:Educator/Organizer/Water Advocate
Educator/Organizer, Social Eco Education (2015–current)
Cerritos College Board Member- District 1, Cerritos College Board of Trustees — Elected position (2016–current)


National University B.S. Behavioral Science, M.S. Special Education, Educational Specialist- Level 2, VPSS Secondary Math, Science, History, Psychology, Special Education (2003)

Community Activities

Educator/Organizer/Member, Restore the Delta (2016–current)
Educator/Organizer/Member, Food and Water Watch (2016–current)
Educator/Organizer/Member, Sierra Club- Los Angeles (2016–current)
Organizer/Member, Dignity and Power Now (2014–current)
Director-Board of Directors, Cerritos College Foundation (2016–current)


I am a Grassroots Educator/Organizer in South East Los Angeles. I am a water advocate for my community.  I am currently working with community members from Compton who are experiencing yellow to brown water that is contaminated with Manganese. My background as an educator working in Compton helped me to see that communities of color are highly impacted by environmental issues/racism.  When I first saw the yellow water flowing out of our school faucet I was disturbed.  I helped parents and students to understand how filing complaints and voicing their concerns was important. Teaching Environmental Science and Biology helped me to show my community real life connections to science. I became active and encouraged my parents and students to attend SAQMD meetings, call and write their representatives and attend County Board of Supervisor meetings to stay connected with people in power. I became more aware of the Chromium 6 issues as I allied with parents, teachers and students from Paramount who like those in Compton are being affected by this deadly toxin. In addition, I am organizing around the California Water fix and how it will negatively impact SoCal rate payers.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Individuals (2)

  • Conner Everts- Facilitator: Environmental Water Caucus
  • Maria Hechavarria- Community Organizer

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is straightforward--transparency, integrity and accountability. I live by this as a college board trustee and as an advocate and organizer. The people will not be stripped of their constitutional rights, as consumers and ratepayers we have rights, and politicians who strip the people of those protections need to be checked. The work that I have done and continue to do as an educator and organizer in inner cities has centered around these core values. I strongly believe that when we have politicians who act in representation of their community for the greater good-- that's exactly what democracy looks like. Our vote, our voice, should be the reflection of our elected officials.

Position Papers

Water effects, conservation, and alternatives


My stance on climate change effect on water, water conservation, and alternatives to water sources

Please explain how you understand climate change affects water issues in your water district.

      As our temperatures increase and we have longer periods of days with high levels of heat, water use is affected. Droughts and fires as well as other natural disaster impact our use of water.  Some areas are greatly affected due to changes in access to water and or lack of water.


What actions do you support to increase water conservation in your water district (Bell Gardens, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera, West Whittier-Los Nietos, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County?

      When it comes to water conservation, the goal is to reduce use.  Simple reminders to take shorter showers, don’t run water while you brush teeth, soak dishes and reuse soap water for multiple dishes washing in a day.

      The City of Downey relies on groundwater pumped from City owned wells to meet 100% of its potable water demands with the balance of its overall water demands met with eco-friendly recycled water. Consequently, Downey is able to provide low-cost water to its residents and businesses at better rates than many surrounding communities. Nevertheless, the multi-year drought conditions and diminishing water access have made water conservation a priority for Southern California residents.



      Water Use Restrictions

      On May 5,2015 the State Water Board adopted new water conservation Emergency Regulation (Fact Sheet) which took effect on May 18, 2015 which added new water waste prohibitions summarized below in addition to existing and current prohibitions. The Emergency Regulation mandates a 20% reduction in potable water use for all City water users focused on reducing non-essential water use including landscape irrigation.  The State has made non-compliance with such prohibitions punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs.



      New State Mandated Water Waste Prohibitions

      (State Water Waste Prohibitions)


·     Mandatory 20% reduction in potable water use in Downey.

·     Potable water landscape irrigation outside newly constructed homes and buildings shall

     Comply with CA Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing and

     Community Development requirements.


      (Water Supplier Self Certification)


      Existing and Current State Mandated Water Waste Prohibitions

      Except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a permit issued by a state or federal agency: 


·     No use of potable water on outdoor landscaping during/within 48 hrs. after measurable rainfall.

·     No Serving drinking water unless requested at all eating/drinking establishments.

·     Hotels and motels shall provide guests the option of choosing not to have towels/linens

     Laundered daily and shall post a display of this option for its guests.

·     No potable water irrigation runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and

     public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.


      These are just some examples of what all cities should be doing to conserve water.  Downey is part of the service area I will be representing and as a resident I am proud to say that we do our part to conserve.


 How would you increase the production and use of recycled water in your water district?

      First would be to set policies that can be implemented for increase in production and use of recycled water.  Foster a culture and educate district about recycled water and its benefits.


What are your views on the use of Direct Potable Reuse and ocean desalination to generate new supplies of water in your district?

      I believe that what is in place with direct potable reuse is working in cities that have policies and practice that support it.  In regards to ocean desalination some believe there is a monopoly that controls that function and makes it very expensive. If we can work on a plan to reduce cost of desalination then we open more affordable options that will give us access to another water source.

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