Greater public transparency and public control
Fixing the Water District system through real public involvement and through change at the Board level. The Water District does not have a citizen advisory committee structure for the vast majority of its work. I will change that by redirecting existing or new advisory committees to provide feedback directly to the work done by staff operations, not just the limited issues that come to the Water District Board.
I will eliminate the existing barriers that block the public from providing information to citizen advisory committees, and publicize exactly how citizens can get involved.
I will work for direct involvement in community organizations so the Water District provides real support for public involvement in protecting their local water supplies, though actions like support for establishment of "Friends of (your local stream)" and meaningful participation with Chambers of Commerce to achieve real environmental and flooding protection.
I will support holding evening meetings to make it easier for people to attend. I will support term limits of two or three terms, and I pledge to serve no more than two terms myself, regardless of whether term limits are passed. When redistricting occurs after the census, I will encourage reconsideration of the citizen advisory panel's first two choices for the best and most representative districts. The overall structure of the Board of Directors may need to change from its current part-time, partly paid structure to one that people with less time and full-time office-hour jobs can become directors.
I will be just one of seven Board members, so making this happen will need some help, but public support and public involvement can help push through changes that make even more public involvement possible.