Welcome to Met, Mr. Fleming

Posted on | May 14, 2009 | No Comments

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California sent out a press release Tuesday announcing the formal seating of its newest board member, David W. Fleming, an attorney with Latham & Watkins. Among his credentials to join the board of the country’s largest water wholesaler outside of the US Bureau of Reclamation, Mr Fleming has served as (or in some instances still serves as): 

  • a director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • chair of the Los Angeles County Business Federation
  • co-chair of the Southern California Leadership Council
  • chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley
  • member and chair of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
  • chair of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  • member of the Los Angeles Police Foundation
  • member of the Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles
  • member of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council Foundation
  • member of the Civic Alliance
  • member of the New Majority and the Fernando Award Foundation
  • vice chair of a $125 million campaign to build a new performing arts center at California State University, Northridge
  • director with the California State University, Northridge Foundation
  • chairman of the California Regional Leadership Foundation
  •  president of the Los Angeles City Board of Fire Commissioners 
  • member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
  •  trustee of the James Madison Foundation
  • co-chair of  a voters’ initiative to reform Los Angeles city government

There is no mention of experience to do with water in this formidable resume, but Mr. Fleming’s duties will include serving on the Special Committee on the Bay-Delta. He may or may not know smelt, but he will soon be familiar with swimming upstream. That said, no track record in water is better than a bad track record. And so, Mr. Fleming, welcome and good luck.


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