Consumers and businesses can expect to pay more for their water in the future as the realities of climate disruption and severe weather sink into California’s parched soil and politics. Though many agree the state’s water system needs an overhaul, there is fierce debate about how to fix it and who should pay. How will stress on the Sierra snowpack and Colorado River water supply hit California? What water choices will voters face on the 2014 state ballot? Join a conversation about the future of water in the era of climate constraints.
Jean Fuller was born and raised in Kern County. She served as an educator in the Central Valley for more than 30 years, including time as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Jean attended Bakersfield College, California State University Fresno and California State University Los Angeles, and then continued her formal education at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her PhD. She supplemented her education with coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University.
Senator Fuller was elected to represent the 18th Senate District in 2010 and the 32nd Assembly District in 2006. Jean and her husband, Russell, a retired engineer, live in Bakersfield.
Matt Weiser is a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee, covering water, flood control, natural resources, and the environment. He's worked for newspapers large and small for 20 years and his freelance articles have appeared in High County News, Salon.com, Sierra Magazine, Grist.org. Weiser graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1988. In 1996, he was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at The University Michigan.
Lois Wolk is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 3. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Wolk served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2008.