About Randall Lewis
Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.
He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives.
He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder's Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders.
Mr. Lewis was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lewis is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education.
He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Dealing with Prolonged Drought and Water Scarcity: Water policy reforms that took Israel from a water scarce to water abundant nation
November 4, 2015
California’s prolonged drought is having severe impacts on the state’s economy and quality of life, which calls for serious water policy reform. But California’s problem is not unique and there are lessons to be learned from countries around the globe thathave faced and successfully addressed similar circumstances. This seminar will provide background information on the water sector in Israel and how water reforms have changed the water balance in the state. Located in the middle-east’s most water scarce region, the State of Israel has been one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Several recurring drought events in the past 20 years pushed the country’s water reserves to dangerously low levels. In 2000, after one of the worst droughts in its history, the State of Israel undertook a multi-dimensional reform of its the water sector. The reform included a public campaign, institutional reform of water supply and services, technological investments, seawater desalination, wastewater treatments and reuse, water pricing for conservation, and several more reforms that helped the nation move past its water crisis. There are still open issues and caveats facing Israel’s reform, and these will also be discussed.