Sunset Gala to Celebrate LA Water Leaders on October 3

Los Angeles Waterkeeper hosts annual fundraiser to honor regional and statewide environmental leadership

Media Contact: Sharon Licht,, (310) 394-6162 x108

LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2017)—On Tuesday, October 3, Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW) presents its annual gala, Making Waves, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. This year, the event honors the Golden State’s resilience in the face of relentless federal attacks on California’s clean water and environmental protections.

Making Waves: California Leadin’ begins at 6:30 pm with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a taco bar hosted by FIG Santa Monica. Guests can relish margaritas and create custom-engraved muddlers courtesy of Patrón. As the sun sets over the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Fairmont’s courtyard, guests can bid on unique items in LAW’s silent auction and enjoy the musical stylings of KCRW DJ Anne Litt.

Sara Aminzadeh, Executive Director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance and newly appointed California Coastal Commissioner, will emcee the event. A fierce advocate for Californians’ right to clean water, Aminzadeh works alongside local Waterkeeper organizations and leaders in the state Legislature to protect and defend California’s ocean, bays, and rivers. The event will honor three Water Warriors: Steve Fleischli, Hilda Solis and Kevin de León, who have each worked alongside LA Waterkeeper in pursuit of healthy waterways and a sustainable water supply for Angelenos and Californians.

“In the face of national instability, California is leading the nation, and President Pro Tempore de León is leading California,” said Bruce Reznik, Executive Director of LAW. “We applaud the Pro Tem’s unyielding efforts to defend California’s clean water and environmental safeguards from this Administration, in a manner that celebrates our diversity and local character.”

LAW has had a busy and successful year protecting LA’s waterways and pursuing systemic changes to the way the region manages its water supply. The environmental watchdog filed a major lawsuit against the State Water Board for weakening pollutant standards in the LA River, and continued its ongoing Clean Water Act enforcement efforts to reduce industrial pollution into local waterways. Additionally, LAW filed four related lawsuits to compel the region to expand its use of purified wastewater, rather than allowing treatments plants to continue daily dumping of nearly 300 million gallons of treated water into the LA River and Santa Monica Bay.

Hundreds of supporters will join LAW to honor the local and statewide leaders fighting to preserve Angelenos’ clean water safeguards, including California State Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills) and Chilean actress and environmental activist Juanita Ringeling.

Read more about LAW’s 2017 Water Warriors:

  • Steve Fleischli – The former Santa Monica Baykeeper (now Los Angeles Waterkeeper) and head of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, Mr. Fleischli currently directs the Water Program and serves as a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Steve and his team at NRDC have been helping lead the fight against federal rollbacks of our environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, including fighting to protect the waterways that provide drinking water to 117 million Americans.
  • Hilda L. Solis – A lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County Supervisor and former Secretary of Labor, Congresswoman, and State Senator, Hilda Solis has long been committed to protecting our waters and making LA cleaner and greener. Her pioneering environmental justice work earned her the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. As Supervisor, Solis led last year’s successful Measure A effort that will provide nearly $100M per year to increase parks and green space throughout the County, with particular focus on investing in historically park-poor communities. Along with Supervisor Kuehl, Solis is now focused on an eduaction campaign to dramatically enhance LA County’s local water sources and reduce the flow of contaminated runoff to our rivers, creeks, and ocean through stormwater capture.
  • Kevin de León – The first Latino elected to serve as President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate in over 130 years, Senator de León (D-Los Angeles) makes waves in the Legislature. Pro Tem de León is setting a national example through work to protect California values, including defending California’s air, water and energy. The Pro Tem is leading the Legislative response to environmental threats from the Trump Administration.

Making Waves VIP and general admission tickets are available here. The Bungalow will host the VIP After Party following the event.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper thanks Mindy and Jon Gray, as well as dozens of additional sponsors, for supporting this event and our important cause.



Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork and community action. For more information, please visit


California Coastkeeper Alliance unites local Waterkeeper programs to fight for swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters for California communities and ecosystems. For more information, please visit

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