February 12 2016



Panel of Experts Includes Representative from Governor’s Office on Water Rights Policy

Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2016) – A panel of water policy experts, advocates and community voices will be featured in a Town Hall this Wednesday, February 24, at The California Museum. The event is part of The California Endowment’s #Agua4All Campaign, which raises awareness about the lack of access to safe and clean water for at least one million Californians.

The Town Hall will be followed by a reception inside the museum at the new exhibit, “Kingdom of Dust: Drought & Decline in California’s Central Valley,” which just opened on February 2 and chronicles the human effects of the state’s ongoing drought – which has compounded some of the state’s most entrenched poverty. The exhibit features the work of Tulare County-based photographer Matt Black, who will give the keynote speech at the reception.

WHAT:                 #Agua4All Town Hall and Reception

WHERE:               The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Downtown Sacramento

WHEN:                 Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


PANELISTS:   Panel One 3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

Laurel Firestone, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center

Noe Paramo, Legislative Advocate, California Rural Legal Assistance


Panel Two 4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Maria Elena Puente, Community Resident, Yolo County

Guadalupe Ramirez, Community Resident, San Joaquin Couty

Erasto Teran, Community Resident, Porterville

Tomas Garcia, Community Resident, East Porterville

Sandra Garcia, Community Resident, Poplar

Miguel Bibanco, Opinions ThekNOw Youth Media

Craig Martinez, Program Manager, The California Endowment


Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Matt Black, Featured Photographer, Keynote speech

Spoken Word performances by students from Health Professions High School, Sacramento


VISUALS:             Media are welcome to photograph the Kingdom of Dust exhibit on the first floor of the museum.

MEDIA CONTACT: Carolyn Becker, (916) 769-7976 or cbecker@mercuryllc.com




About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org.


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