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Board of Directors
Vice President and
Leading Community Voice Passes Away

Villa Park, CA – Serrano Water District Board of Directors Vice President Richard “Rich” Freschi, known by many as one of Villa Park’s leading public voices, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He was 80 years old.

A Villa Park resident for over forty years, Rich was married to his late wife Joy and predeceased by daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughter Paula and as well as grandchildren.

One of the community’s most active and passionate public servants, Rich Freschi was first elected to the Serrano Water District Board of Directors in 2008 and was subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Before serving as a Director with Serrano Water District, Rich successfully served on the Villa Park City Council for 12 years, including two stints as Mayor.

Before his career as an elected official, Rich Freschi was founder and acting CEO of two financial planning companies before retiring at 58 years old. He then spent the majority of his life devoting his time and efforts to serving and improving his local community through a number of different programs and leadership positions.

Rich was involved in the creation and implementation of the Villa Park Foundation as well as was responsible for founding multiple civic initiatives including the Villa Park Family Picnic and the Villa Park Clock Tower. He was also involved with many different organizations throughout Orange County including the St. Joseph’s Hospital Leadership Council, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Council, and the Marines’ Memorial Association.

One of Rich’s favorite quote is “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” Rich, you will be missed!


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Serrano Water District Receives “A” Ranking by Orange County Grand Jury

Serrano Water District demonstrates a culture of transparency, as evidenced by their recent ranking of special districts in the Orange County Grand Jury Report “Transparency Breaking Up Compensation Fog – But Why Hide Pension Costs?” that was released in June 2012. The District received an “A” ranking by the Grand Jury for excellent accessibility with regard to compensation transparency.

Serrano Water District prides itself on transparency and accountability to its consumers. In June 2009 and March 2011, the District conducted town hall meetings to explain the necessity of rate adjustments and to discuss the issues facing the water industry and the District. The rate adjustment processes were conducted in compliance with Proposition 218 mandates and copies of the meeting materials are available at the District office.

Additionally, members of the Villa Park City Council regularly attend the Serrano Water District Board of Directors meetings and one or more directors of the District are periodically interviewed for distribution via the Villa Park network.

The Serrano Water District Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. and invites its customers to attend the meetings.