In California, legal and political conflict over water rights and allocations has erupted as the enduring drought tests the state’s complex system of laws and districts in unprecedented ways. In Arizona, water managers have started planning for historic reductions from the Colorado River even as the state’s political leaders must plan for the water demands of continued urban growth. 

Jeff Janas

Have you registered for the 90th Annual Meeting yet?  If not, now’s the time to do it since the early bird registration deadline of October 1 is quickly approaching. Why delay getting registered after the deadline and pay more for the same great events, workshops and festivities?  Just a reminder that this year’s meeting is from November 8-11 in San Diego at the Grand Del Mar.

When “chef-testant,” Shirley Chung was eliminated from the Top Chef show’s final four episode in Hawaii in 2014, she graciously lamented about her performance saying, “I feel like I disappointed a lot of people, but I have to be honest and say that I agreed with the judges. I was simply not at my best caliber for the end of the competition or for the dish. Everything went wrong.

Some of the most anticipated events during the Annual Meeting are our workshops. This year’s line-up of workshops will be no different, featuring discussions on some of the hottest topics in the industry. Full registration to the Annual Meeting not only gets you into all four workshops, but also includes admission into the Welcome Reception, Major Luncheon, Supplier’s Event, Chairman’s Reception and Award of Honor Dinner. REGISTER NOW!

Comedian Tom Papa will be the performer during the entertainment portion of this year’s Award of Honor Dinner. Papa, a 20 plus–year veteran in stand-up comedy, has been showcased in a variety of entertainment mediums that include the silver screen, TV, radio, and the live stage. His first hour-long special, Tom Papa Live in New York City, premiered on Comedy Central in January of 2012 and was followed by a second special, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, in 2013. That special was named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by


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