Event Details:

June 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation
5141 California Ave. #200 Irvine
CA 92617
Medha Patel
(949) 795-2233

Water & Housing Forum: What You Need to Know About the Administration’s New Initiatives


June 14, 2019

11am – 1pm

The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation


With a new Administration in the State Capitol, many new initiatives are being proposed that will no doubt affect how we live, work, and play. Regarding Governor Newsom’s housing plans, he has stated, “Our state’s affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream and the foundations of our economic well-being.” In addition to addressing the affordability issue, let’s not forget about a natural precious resource needed to support housing and new development – water.

Moulton Niguel Water District and the Building Industry Association of Southern California are excited to put together this great panel. Come learn about the latest proposals being discussed and what local and statewide agencies are doing to ensure we continue to support the economic growth of our region.

Thank you to Sustain SoCal for hosting the Water & Housing Forum! Sustain SoCal is committed to its mission of accelerating sustainability and economic growth through innovation, collaboration and education in region.



Featured Speakers: 

Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board by Governor Jerry Brown in March 2017 and designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chair in February 2019. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, where he facilitated the development of policy priorities between the agency, the Governor’s Office, the California Congressional delegation, and federal stakeholder agencies. For more than eight years prior to that he worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, most recently as her legislative assistant covering the agriculture, Native American, water, oceans, and nutrition portfolios, in addition to being the director of information and technology.


Michael Gunning, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs, California Building Industry Association

Michael Gunning is the Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs. In his role as lead advocate for CBIA, Mr. Gunning represents the membership before the California State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and other state agencies to advocate for intelligent, constructive policies that bolster the homebuilding industry and increase homeownership opportunities. Mr. Gunning is a veteran of housing finance, insurance and community development policy in California. With over two decades of experience working with the Legislature, he currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Housing Financing Agency.


Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

Joone Lopez is the General Manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District, which provides water, wastewater and recycled water services to approximately 170,000 people within South Orange County.  Before joining Moulton Niguel, she served as the General Manager of Calaveras County Water District located in Northern California.  Joone’s prior experience includes working for Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company as its Assistant General Manager and serving as the Deputy General Manager of Central Basin Municipal Water District.


John Pérez, Former Assembly Speaker/UC Regent

John A. Pérez is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Regents. He was elected to the Assembly in November 2008, representing Downtown Los Angeles and communities of East Los Angeles. In January 2010, his colleagues elected him California’s 68th Assembly Speaker. He was subsequently reelected in 2010 and 2012, making him one of the longest serving Speakers in the era of term limits. Prior to his service in the Assembly, Speaker Emeritus Pérez was a lifetime member of the Labor Movement, eventually serving as the Political Director for the California Labor Federation. His lifetime spent fighting for working families can clearly be seen in the legislation and policy initiatives he pursued in the Assembly. He fought for policies that put people back to work and helped workers on the jobsite.