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News Posted on September 15, 2016

Professor Emeritus Reynoso Publishes Op-ed in the Huffington Post

Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso published an essay in the Huffington Post about the lack of access to safe drinking water faced by more than 500 California communities, many of them in economically disadvantaged areas of the Central Valley.

"California's Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, yet it is also one of the poorest regions in the state, where fringe communities have been hardest hit by the lack of clean water," writes Reynoso. "Nearly 50 percent of the economically disadvantaged communities in the southern Central Valley have documented water quality problems."

"California's drought has been a wake-up call on many fronts," the essay continues. "Let's use this renewed interest to drive action. By 2021 we should provide 300,000 Central Valley residents with a reliable, affordable supply of clean, safe water."

A member of the UC Davis School of Law faculty since 2001, Professor Reynoso is an internationally known civil rights leader, the first Latino to sit on the California Supreme Court, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  He has been awarded the UC Davis Medal, the university's highest honor, and the Law School has established the Cruz & Jeannene Reynoso Scholarship for Legal Access to help students with financial needs.