Tim Brick's Record of Public Service


Draft Counselor, Covina Valley Unitarian Church


Student organizer for Peace Action Council of Southern California, the leading coalition of organizations working to end the war in Vietnam


Community organizer for People’s Action Union, a community based organization with neighborhood chapters in Southern California dedicated to peace and justice.


Founder and co-coordinator of CAUSE – Campaign Against Utility Service Exploitation.  CAUSE was a coalition of 30 community, environmental and senior citizen organizations, which worked for utility accountability and to establish lifeline utility rates to ensure affordable water and power for consumers.


Editor and staff writer for New Pasadena, a lively, muckraking community based publication


Member, California Energy Commission Residential Standards Advisory Committee, which rewrote the building code for new homes to incorporate principles of energy efficiency and conservation


Member, Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power/Rand Corporation Marginal Cost Rate Experiment


Served on the on the Marginal Price Task Force of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission


Founded and coordinated WATER—Working Alliance to Equalize Rates, a public interest group which worked for an end to agricultural subsidies and for a more environmentally friendly water policy


Appointed to the Pasadena Utility Advisory Commission, which oversees the activities and policies of the Pasadena Water & Power Department; served on this body for fourteen years, including four terms as chair


Statewide field coordinator for Californians for A Fair Water Policy, the campaign committee opposed to Proposition Nine on the June 1982 ballot, the controversial Peripheral Canal measure.


Member, Pasadena Strategic Planning Committee.  this committee was established by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard to plan for the future of Pasadena.


Member, Towards 2000, the implementation task force for the Pasadena Strategic Plan

1985 - current

Appointed in June to represent the City of Pasadena on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a post he continues to hold. Today he is the senior member of that board of 37 members representing 26 member agencies that bring water to 18 million Southern Californians.  Tim Brick has been elected vice-chairman of that board and has chaired the key committees, including the Water Planning and Resources Committee, the Headquarters Committee, the Water Quality Committee, the Water Education and the Strategic Planning Implementation Committee.  He now heads the Nominating Committee.


Member, Devil’s Gate Advisory Committee – the Devil’s Gate basin at the mouth of the Arroyo Seco is an important water and recreational resource for the region. Pasadena set up this ommittee to plan the coordinated development of the area.


Coordinator of the Pasadena AIDS Community Coordinating Council, a consortium of three dozen agencies and community organizations working to educate the public about AIDS and to provide needed health services; facilitated the Blue Ribbon Committee to develop an AIDS plan


Founded the Arroyo Seco Foundation to promote the preservation and protection of the Arroyo Seco from the San Gabriel Mountains all the way to downtown Los Angeles.  He has continued to serve on the board of that organization and served in organizational capacities such as executive director, president, and managing director.  He has coordinated ASF’s Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Program.


Organized the Arroyo Seco Earth Festival, an Earth Day celebration at multiple venues in the Arroyo Seco. In 1990, the 20th anniversary of the original Earth Day, the event was the largest Earth Day observance on the West Coast with 35,000 people in attendance.


Was a founder and director of Public Officials for Water & Environmental Reform; continues to serve as a director of th at organization, which hosts the California Water Policy Conference annually.


Appointed by Pasadena Mayor Jess Hughston to chair the “Mayor’s Committee to Make Pasadena Bicycle-Friendly;” developed a plan th at won national recognition for its far-sighted approach


Chaired the Pasadena Bicycle Advisory Committee, which was set up to implement the bicycle plan


Vice-chair of the Devil’s Gate Multi-Use Project Joint Powers Planning Auth ority established to develop the Devil’s Gate project.  this body recommended changing the name of the Devil’s Gate program to Hahamongna Watershed Park, after the Native American name for the area, and developed the preliminary plan for that park.


Member of the Hahamogna Implementation Task Force, which set up the organizational structures to develop Hahamongna Watershed Park.


Hired as executive director of Hahamongna Operating Company, a public venture established to develop a 1300 acre park in the Arroyo Seco; served as HOC executive director and a consultant to the City of Pasadena for three years


Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Waer District of Southern California.


Served on the Advisory Committee for the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, a technology-oriented business incubation program in Altadena


Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, directing the Watershed Management and other programs aimed at preserving and protecting Southern California's most celebrated canyon.


Reader in Western water and local history at the Huntington Library in San Marino.


Curated "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley," an exhibit the history of water in Pasadena and the western San Gabriel Valley, at the Pasadena Museum of History.


Sponsored and hosted Metroplitan Water District's World Water Forum program which has held a series of conferences to inform college students and the general about the nature of the world's water problems. the program has also distributed $100,000 in grants to ten different college programs for student investigation of projects that related to the world water crisis.


Addressed the World Water Forum held in Mexico City on the "Challenges and Perspectives of Megacities," on a panel that considered Beijing, Mexico City, Calcutta and Los Angeles.

2006-> 2010

Member, Advisory Board, Water Resource Center Archives, University of California


Member, Upper Los Angeles River Integrated Water Resources Group Steering Committee

2006-> 2010

Chairman, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation's largest water utility.

2007-> 2017

Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for Water Efficiency, a national campaign to promote water conservation and efficiency.


Alumnus of the Year, School of Arts and Letters, California State University at Los Angeles


Leader of Delegation of US Water Officials and Experts on a two week tour of water facilities in Australia to explore climate change response and sustainability.


Member, Advisory Board, Luskin Center for Sustainability at the University of California at Los Angeles


Member, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Sediment Management Strategic Plan Task Force


Member, City of Pasadena Sediment Working Group


Member, Community Collaborative, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument


Member, Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group


Manager, Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery

Find out more about Tim Brick, including samples of his writing, at his website: http://www.brickonline.com