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  Renner, George R.
NameGeorge R. Renner
Address5729 W. Onyx Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85302, United States
Born March 07, 1946 (74 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Oct 17, 2006 01:32pm
InfoGeorge R. Renner was appointed to the Board on May 14, 1992 by Governor Fife Symington and elected to a full six-year term representing Maricopa County in 1994 and in 2000. Renner is the former mayor of Glendale.

Renner served six successive terms as mayor of Glendale and is the owner of Renner's Realty
and Insurance Company. As mayor, he was president of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Regional Public Transportation Authority, and the Maricopa Association of Governments. Renner also chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Energy and Environment Committee and the National Conference of Republican Mayors, and served as a member of the Governor's Central Arizona Project Advisory Committee, the Governor's Ground Water Commission, and the Arizona Water Banking Authority.

His community activities include membership in Glendale Rotary Club; Glendale Board of
Realtors; Chamber of Commerce; American Legion; and a Director of the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Glendale Salvation Army, and Maricopa Community College Foundation.

Renner, an Arizona native and graduate of the University of Arizona, lives in Glendale with his
wife Linda.

Name: George R. Renner
Address: 5729 W. Onyx Avenue Glendale, AZ 85302
Phone: 6239371649, 6238421456
EMail: georenner@aol.com
Fax: 6238421456
Occupation: Retired
Previous Occupation: Insurance and Real Estate Broker
Education: BS in Marketing University of Arizona
Birth Date: March 7, 1946
Family: Married, three children, two grandchildren
How long have you lived in Arizona? Since birth, 60 years 3rd generation Arizonan
What is your party registration and how long have you been registered as a member of that party? Republican, 39 years
Previous public offices you've sought/held: CAP Board Member 1992 to present.
Mayor, City of Glendale 1980 to 1992.
Councilmember, City of Glendale 1976 to 1980.
Civic organizations in which you've been active?
Do you have any sort of a criminal record or any outstanding civil judgments? Please be specific. None

The CAWCD board toils in virtual anonymity. The subject is complex. There is no pay. Why are you running for a seat on the board?
Water is the lifeblood of our state. I have been involved in water policy decisions at several levels of government for 25 years and I am proud of my contributions to secure and enhance Arizona’s water future. During my 14 years on the Board I have gained knowledge and experience that will help me contribute to the challenges ahead for Arizona’s water future.
List your top two priorities. Please explain each.
A Protect and Enhance Arizona’s Colorado River supply. We must continue the efforts to formalize shortage sharing agreements with California and Nevada during times of shortage on the River. We must continue to press for full operation of the Yuma Desalting Plant to eliminate over deliveries to Mexico. We must continue to support settlement of the remaining Indian water rights claims to the Colorado. B. Operate the CAP in a cost efficient manner and repay the federal government our share of the construction cost for the Project.
How would you rate the existing management and staff of the Central Arizona Project? Are they doing a good job or poor job? Please explain.
Extremely experienced and very well qualified. They are doing an outstanding job. The management of the CAP is well respected by other water agencies in the State and is active participants in all Arizona water policy discussions. They are equally respected by their peers in other basin states and by federal officials at all levels. Our congressional delegation looks to the CAP as a resource for Colorado River issues. Recent accomplishments are telling measurements of their ability: Settlement of our Repayment Litigation with the Federal Government saving Arizona $500 million, Leading party in the negotiations that led to the Arizona Water Settlement Act, Creation of an aggressive Recharge program for excess CAP water, Key role in the successful basin states shortage sharing agreement, Establishment of an Agriculture pricing program to ease the transition to CAP water use for farming.
Do you support Arizona's water bank and its agreement with Nevada? Why or why not?
Yes. The Arizona Water Bank is a critical piece of the plan to take all of our Colorado entitlement every year. The Nevada agreement with the Bank helps to cement a strategic policy alliance with Nevada with very little risk to Arizona water users plus provides $100 million for investment in future water infrastructure for Arizona.
The Imperial Irrigation District of California is in a legal dispute with Mexico over the lining of the All American canal. A stay on the construction has been granted by the 9th Circuit Court. Should the canal be lined or not?
Yes the canal should be lined. This program is a critical part of California’s 4.4 plan. Further, the stay by the 9th circuit most be opposed as the Mexican argument put forward could be extended to include the over deliveries due to non-operation of the YDP.
Do you favor restarting the Yuma Desalting Plant? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Full operation of the plant will reduce over deliveries to Mexico by over 100KAF per year. This significantly lowers the risk of shortage for Arizona.
Do you support ongoing Colorado River augmentation efforts such as cloud seeding and the removal or tamarisk trees. What other ideas do you have?
Yes. These efforts were a federal commitment as part of the agreement for Arizona accepting a lower priority in times of shortage. Full operation of YDP could provide an opportunity to treat additional brackish ground water in the Yuma area that could reduce demand of the river.
Was the Gila River Indian Community settlement good for Arizona? Why or why not?
Yes. This settlement resolved decades of litigation over the tribes water claims in Arizona. It has provided certainty for all parties water planning. In addition the settlement was a critical part of resolving CAP’s repayment dispute with the US.

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