RIVERSIDE – Randy A. Record, a southwest Riverside County water leader and farmer, was unanimously elected today as chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a water importer and wholesaler for nearly 19 million people in six counties.
The fifth-generation San Jacinto Valley native, who has represented Riverside County’s Eastern Municipal Water District on Metropolitan’s Board of Directors since January 2003, will fulfill the remaining term of the late John V. Foley, who died in March. Record will begin his first two-year term as chairman in January.
He takes the helm of Metropolitan’s 37-member governing board at a critical time. The district is grappling with water supply challenges in the third year of a statewide drought that has led to an historic-low 5 percent allocation of State Water Project supplies from Northern California. Meanwhile, Metropolitan’s other source the Colorado River is recovering from 14 years of drought.
“The months ahead are critical for Metropolitan and all of California as we must work together to survive this drought and to solve the ongoing water system-ecosystem crisis in Northern California’s Bay Delta,” Record said. “Metropolitan must lead by example, by reaching out and working collaboratively to solve our water problems.”
A cooperative of 26 member public agencies, Metropolitan provides about half the water used in the district’s 5,200-square-mile service area, covering most of urbanized Southern California from Ventura County in the north to San Diego County in the south.
Record, immediate past president of the Association of California Water Agencies, becomes the 18th chairman in Metropolitan’s 85-year history.
Elected to EMWD’s board of directors in January 2001, representing the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto, Record served as Eastern’s board president from 2003 to 2005 and is a member and founding chair of the Riverside County Water Task Force.
Record is a founding partner in DeAnza Ranch, a Star Ruby grapefruit grove in Hemet, and Paso de Record, a wine grape vineyard in San Miguel. He also is a partner with the McCleish Group, a land development company in San Jacinto, and a board member of the Bank of Hemet.
Record is the second member of his family to serve on Metropolitan’s board. His father, Clayton A. Record Jr., served as EMWD’s representative to Metropolitan’s board from June 1999 to January 2001.
The viewpoint at Metropolitan’s Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is named in honor of the elder Record, who died in February 2001.