By Andrea Swayne
Five candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to compete for two open seats on the South Coast Water District Board of Directors at the Nov. 4 General Election.
The terms of two directors, Richard Runge and Bob Moore are up this year.
Runge was elected to the board in 2000 and will not be seeking reelection. Moore has served on the board for a total of 15 years.
Board members are elected to four-year terms and there are no term limits for the five-member body.
The terms of current directors Wayne Rayfield, Dick Dietmeier and Rick Erkeneff run through 2016.
With campaigning well underway, the hopefuls have already been booked to appear at candidate forums and meet and greets. Their first appearance in Dana Point was a forum hosted by the Dana Point Civic Association at the Dana Point Harbor on Sept. 18. That event was followed by a candidates’ reception hosted by the South Orange County Economic Coalition at the Orange County Association of Realtors in Laguna Hills.
SCWD provides water and sewer services to 40,000 residents, 1,000 businesses and more than three million visitors a year in Dana Point, South Laguna and areas of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Below are the official candidate statements, unedited and presented in alphabetical order.
South County is my priority. I’m concerned about the cost of water. I will focus on keeping our water usage and rates as low as possible. I have been a south county resident for 20 years and planning commissioner for over 16 years. I want to utilize my experience in project and planning as a director of the South Coast Water District. We cannot afford to be irresponsible with poor planning and wasteful projects. I will work to prioritize an aging infrastructure and develop cost effective localized water solutions.
My background as a successful business owner and executive of a public company have given me the tools to protect the taxpayer and develop fiscally responsible water management.
We need a new set of eyes with a fresh vision on this water board. If elected, I will bring a new generation of water conservation awareness to the South Coast Water District. The Districts new
RFP bidding process will give the taxpayers the best responsible fiscal bid. I will uphold and support that process for the taxpayers.
If you want fresh water, a fresh perspective and fresh ideas, vote Norm Denton for South Coast Water District.
My name is Dennis Erdman, and I am seeking your support and vote for SCWD Board of Directors. I have over twenty-five years of management experience in the water and wastewater field. I’m a registered Civil Engineer. My career focused on water and wastewater in California. The South Coast area faces many challenges in providing the vital water services customers depend on. My background and experience in this field gives me solid footing to help shape decisions that directly affect your water bill and water reliability. I’ll work to ensure the SCWD is taking steps to maintain their infrastructure, is prepared for emergencies, and is delivering the best value and customer service possible, while remaining sensitive to the customer’s pocketbook. The drought we are currently experiencing should be evidence enough that we cannot take water for granted. Water is a precious resource that needs to be managed in a manner that serves customer’s needs and is sensitive to the environment. Thank you for your consideration.
The drought is real and we must be prepared!
As we conserve more water our bills will increase. We can do more to provide cost efficient service to our customers. The district should implement an allocation rate structure, and consider forming more efficient governance structures to get things done. Ocean desalination has been discussed for years but where’s the project!
We must develop our local water resources. Regional desalination of groundwater, freshwater runoff and ocean water must be added to our water sources. Over 10,000,000 gal of treated wastewater is discharged to the ocean each day. Future water projects could include indirect potable reuse of recycled water to recharge our aquifer. Increase production of recycled water to preserve our precious drinking water.
As conservation becomes mandatory, an allocation based rate structure is a fair way to promote water savings. Many agencies provide residents with the water they need for the number of people and weather conditions not just an arbitrary tiered pricing system.
The SCWD Sewer Tunnel project, $90,000,000, should be paid for by customers proportional to the benefit received.
I promise to work hard for reliable water supplies, no spills and control costs.
WILLIAM L. (BILL) GREEN
As a Member of the California Regional Water Quality Board, I worked to protect the quality, safety and sustainability of our community’s water.
As your South Coast Water District Board Member, I’ll fight to keep water rates low, and I’ll continue to work to protect the high-quality of our water.
In a time of drought and major infrastructure planning, SCWD needs a demonstrated leader on water issues, who understands water infrastructure projects. Strategic planning for water sustainability, conservation and production has never been more important.
As an Engineering Consultant, I’ve worked to build water resources for Southern California water agencies for 40 years. I also served as a County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Commissioner.
An Avocado Farmer for 33 years, I’m experienced with agricultural water management and conservation practices, and committed to conservation.
Rising water rates have personally affected me in recent years.
I will apply my experience as a small business owner to ensure efficient operation of our agency to keep rates low.
I am a Veteran and an Eagle Scout.
I’m asking you for your vote because I have the experience to make a difference, and you can count on me to keep rates low.
Who: Bob Moore
55 years business experience, 37 years D.P. Resident, 30 years Community Volunteer, Lifetime Member VFW #9934, Citizen of Year Dana Point 2000
What: Bob Moore as V.P. and Chair of Finance/Administration Committee, while working harmoniously with other Directors and reinvigorated Staff has accomplished:
Development of second local well ensuring you having some water during droughts.
Ocean desalination, conservation absolute, is in the works.
Partnered with others for more water in reservoir storage.
Reducing annual payroll $1,200,000.00 (12% reduction.)
Reduced consultation services.
Cross trained personnel.
Ensured timely, cost effective, necessary infrastructure repairs or replacement.
Developed more recycled water to save potable water.
Tends to your business of two extremely important functions: quality potable water and collection of wastewater efficiently, effectively, and at reasonable costs.
When: November 4th Vote (or mail-in ballot) for Bob, one Moore time.
My promise is that I will continue to represent you and every ratepayer (who are the owners) to the best of my ability.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am responsive and accountable.
Any endorsement of my candidacy to your friends, along with your vote, will help elect me, one Moore time.