It’s no secret that California is experiencing an unprecedented drought, but what does that mean for our day-to-day lives? What will Governor Jerry Brown’s recent $1.1 billion drought relief package, signed earlier this month, do to help mitigate the impact of the drought? What should we be doing to help?

To take a closer look at what the state and the city is doing to respond to this historic drought, the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) will be hosting a free community forum at the Santa Monica Public Library Main Branch on Saturday, April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Roberta Borgonovo, chairperson of the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) Water Committee will join Luis Cetina, a principal government and regional affairs representative from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to bring us up to date on their responses to the water shortage,” LWVSM officials said in a press release. “A city representative will be on hand to answer questions about how state and regional policies affect us here in Santa Monica.”

Bogonovo is a founding member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council as well as LWVC representative to the CALFED Bay Area/Delta Council. He will talk about the water bond passed by voters in 2014 that allotted more than $7 billion to address watershed, storage and suppy issues.

Cetina serves on the MWD’s Engineering and Water Management Committees and is also a member of the Association of California Water Agencies Water Management Committee. His experience at the MWD includes survey work, water supply forecasting, and legislative and policy analysis.

For more details, contact, go to or to the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Facebook page.

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