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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberMontara Water and Sanitary DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Montara Water and Sanitary DistrictBoard Member

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (7/7).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

About this office

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Incumbent
1,764 votes (37.6%)Winning
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  • To keep MWSD an independent special district run by the citizens of Montara Moss Beach
  • To secure our forever water supply and recreational lands on the CalTrans bypass lands in the back of Montara
  • To keep MWSD strong with good transparent financial planning based on small inflation adjusted rate increases
Profession:Incumbent Community Advocate
Business owner, McDonald's franchisee - prior crew member, self (19782015)
Midcoast Community Council member, Midcoast Community Council — Elected position (20022010)
UC Davis B.A, Psychology & Sociology (1977)
UC Davis B.A., Psychology & Sociology (1977)
  • Montara Moss Beach Water Improvement Association
  • Bill Kehoe, Midcoast Community Council, past
  • Claire Toutant, Midcoast Community Council
  • Gael Erickson, Midcoast Community Council (ret)
  • April Vargas, Midcoast Community Council (ret)
  • Ginny McShane, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Dave Olson, Midcoast Community Council
  • Dan Haggerty, MidCoast Community Council
  • Gina Papan, Millbrae City Council
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1
  • Jim Harvey, Montara Water and Sanitary District
  • Jerry Hill, CA State Senate
  • Quentin Kopp, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge (ret); CA State Senate 1986-1998
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor, district 3
  • Harvey Rarback, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Coastside Democrats
  • Sierra Club
  • Alan Haffner
  • Peter Dekker
  • Gary Warhaftig

On consolidation of MWSD with a neighboring district.

Summary

We paid for our district, both water and sewer.  It is our community resource.  Let's keep it here.  We will continue to work with neighbors to improve the MidCoastside and Half Moon Bay.

My position is simple.  I came to it from having live here for 37 years.  I endured the times under the East Coast, private companiy ownership with inadequate fire protection, double digit rate increases, and sometimes, no water.  Our community took the initiative to take control of our need to have lots of clean water for all our uses when we voted to give Montara Sanitary District all the powers of a county water district.  And when it voted with a huge margin of support to purchase the privately owned water district from the 75th largest utility company in the world. In the 13 years since we closed the deal we have turned a marginally adequate water system into one that meets our needs and that we are all proud of.  

The tasks are not over.   One is to makes MWSD's finances transparent to the public.  I convinced the board to contract with OpenGov to use software to do just that.  Another is to secure the CalTrans bypass Rright-of-way for community open space and additional water supply.  I have been working to that goal for 25 years.  Through my efforts the County has designated the area for open space and parks.  One more is to enhance our working relationships with the County and neighboring districts.  We have an emergency supply agreement for water with the Coastside County Water District.  If needed it can fill its trucks from our hydrants or run a quick connect pipeline between the districts.  MWSD and CCWD have joint training classes for our crews.  Our management meets on a regular basis to discuss water and recycled water issues.  We are working toghther on the recycled water plant in Half Moon Bay.  We welcome discussion on mutually beneficial discussions.

Montara Sanitary District is the original district representing our community for clean water.  It was created to keep our community and beaches clean and healthful.  It has successfully done this for almost 60 years.  Ours is a complex system with many more pumps and computers than the flat neighboring districts.  Because of its complexity it requires constant attention. 

The MWSD practice and policy has been and is to have the district keep track of the age and condition of our pipes, pumps, and other system components - and fix them in a cost effective and timely fashion.  I believe we preserve our community resources with a strong preventative maintenance program.  Waiting until something is broken causes hasty, expensive fixes to be made.  I think is is best to hire great engineers and to have a well trained team to protect our community.

MWSD is the community resource for Montara Moss Beach, let's keep it.

 

 

 

— October 30, 2016 Midcoast Community Council, PCTV

Listen to me and Scott answer the question posed by the community. 

Incumbent
1,567 votes (33.4%)Winning
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  • Defend our water. We have not forgotten that we've been owned before. Keep our water here and locally controlled for the community that paid to take back control.
  • Obtain the Martini Creek Bypass land for watershed protection, additional water supplies, and local recreation.
  • Complete the years-long effort to bring recycled water to the Sewer Authority at no cost to rate payers.
Profession:Incumbent. I'm an engineer in the tech industry.
Director, Montara Water & Sanitary District — Elected position (1998current)

I started out volunteering to build the District's web site after working on the Tunnel campaign.  It wasn't long before I was on the board.  Members of the community and the board had been working for years to solve our water problems, and I joined in.  It seemed to take forever, but it's been a dozen years since Montara and Moss Beach took back our water system.  It was in bad shape, but we've rebuilt it to one of the finest in the state.  We've replaced lines, added fire hydrants, built tanks, drilled wells, and much more.  

Our water supply is now so secure that the Coastal Commission and the State Department of Water allowed us to end the practice of putting urban homes on domestic wells.  As further evidence, after four years of drought that forced other agencies into mandatory cutbacks, our all-local water supply remained strong and steady.

  • Sierra Club
  • Montara Moss Beach Water Improvement Association
  • Coastside Democrats
  • April Vargas, Midcoast Community Council, past
  • Jim Harvey, Montara Water & Sanitary District
  • Jim Blanchard, Granada Community Services District
  • Mathew Clark, Granada Community Services District
  • Leonard Woren, Granada Community Services District
  • Ric Lohman, Granada Community Services District
  • Ginny McShane, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senate
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor, district 3
  • Gina Papan, Millbrae City Council
  • Harvey Rarback, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Quentin Kopp, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge (ret); CA State Senate 1986-1998
  • Tom Mattusch, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Gael Erickson, Midcoast Community Council, past
  • Glenn Sylvester, Daly City Council, Candidate
  • Mike Guingona, Daly City Council
  • Edmundo Larenas, Candidate for San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Gary Warhaftig
  • Michelle Boyd
  • Peter Dekker
  • Kathy Harvey
  • Ann Forrister
  • Frank Gerrity
  • Donald Sheardown
  • Brent Turner
  • Susan Lee
  • Bruce Purucker
  • Susan Shapira
  • Nancy Dieguez
  • Gregg Dieguez
  • John Lynch
  • Cid Young
  • David Burruto, San Mateo County Democrat Central Committee
  • Barbra Fain Mathewson, Midcoast Community Council, Candidate
  • Barbara Lohman
  • Karen Wilson
  • Michael Rain
  • Kathy Rain
  • Ed Carter
  • Barbara Dye

Working together we can get a lot done.  We can solve big problems if we put our minds together and stick to it through the difficult passages.  No other community I know has similar outsized accomplishments.  For example, the Tunnel, our water system, along with a number of less known accomplishments like our highly successful, innovate, and inexpensive anti-spill-during-storms efforts.

We've got more to do.  Requirements get stricter over time, and we've been successful at finding and adopting new technology and saving money at the same time.  There's more of that to do.

I've worked very hard to bring recycled water to the Sewer Authority.  It's a smart project, and we are close to being able to build it and finance it with money from the golf courses.  It's a good way to use the water we clean at SAM, it's good for the golf course to have a drought-resistant water supply, and it's good for Pilarcitos Creek to have less fresh-water demand on its sensitive habitat.

Now that our big projects are done and our water system is in tip-top shape, we are entering a new phase to ensure long-term sustainability, a low-turnover workforce, effective management, and cost containment.  I am committed to continue working for you, bringing fresh ideas and hard work to bear for the benefit of our Moss Beach and Montara community.

— October 7, 2016 Pacific Coast TV

I encourage you to view the MWSD Candidate Forum to hear us in our own words about key issues in this race.  The event was hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Midcoast Community Council.  

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Thomas "Gus" Peterson

Registered Water Engineer
1,356 votes (28.9%)
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