The stage has been set for the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe to become a voting member of the Salton Sea Authority board of directors as the result of legislation signed last week by Gov. Gray Davis.
AB959, authored by Assemblyman David Kelley, R-Hemet, opens the door for the tribe to become the authority's fifth voting member, joining the Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Valley Water District and Imperial and Riverside counties.
"As a major stakeholder and landowner around and under the Salton Sea, we welcome the opportunity to sit with other elected officials and make decisions about the future of the Salton Sea," said tribal Chair Mary Belardo in a SSA press release.
"This is something we've been working on with the tribe to include them," said Andy Horne, IID board president and SSA board member.