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Special District

Soquel Creek Water DistrictCandidate for Director

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Bruce Daniels

Water Scientist/Director
16,968 votes (43.46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making groundwater supply sustainable
  • Keeping water safe and high quality
  • Making water affordable



Profession:Climate/Water Scientist, Computer Scientist
President & Director, Soquel Creek Water District, Board of Directors — Elected position (1999–current)
Member, Regional Water Quality Control Board - Central Coast — Appointed position (1999–2005)


University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Ph.D. Earth Sciences, Hydroclimatology (science of how climate change impacts water resources) (2014)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) B.S. and M.S., Computer Science (1977)


I have served on Soquel Creek Water District Board of DIrectors for 20 years (mostly in leadership positions)

I have a PhD in hydroclimatology (science of how climate change impacts water resources)

I was appointed by the Governor to two terms (six years) on our Regional Water Quality Control Board.

I was founder and first chair of our Sierra Club's Water Committee.

Computer business for 30 years including original Macintosh creation team.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Democratic Party
  • Sierra Club
  • Ryan Coonerty – Santa Cruz County Supervisor

Elected Officials (10)

  • John Leopold – Santa Cruz County Supervisor
  • Zach Friend – Santa Cruz County Supervisor
  • Fred Keeley – past County Treasurer and Assembly Speaker pro Tem
  • Assemblymember Mark Stone – California’s 29th Assembly District
  • Senator Bill Monning – California’s 17th Senate District
  • Sam Storey & Ed Bottorff – Capitola Council Members
  • Yvette Brooks – Capitola Vice-Mayor and Council Member
  • Kristen Petersen – Capitola Mayor and Council Member
  • Justin Cummings – Mayor City of Santa Cruz
  • Cynthia Mathews – Councilmember Santa Cruz and Director Mid-County Groundwater Agency

Individuals (2)

  • Dr. Brent Haddad – Professor and Founder UCSC Center for Integrated Water Research
  • Dr. Andy Fisher – Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences UCSC

Questions & Answers

Questions from LWV Santa Cruz County (2)

Over the next year, what do you see as the two biggest challenges to be addressed in this office?
Answer from Bruce Daniels:

We need to finish construction of our PureWater Soquel project to restore our groundwater basin and thereby stop and prevent saltwater intrusion from polluting and destroying our sole water source. This PureWater project has been scientifically verified to make our groundwater basin sustainable (the only project that has been shown to do this) and thereby it does satisfy the requirements of the new state law Sustainable Groundwater Managment Act (SGMA).

What in your background, personal or professional, has prepared you to meet these challenges?
Answer from Bruce Daniels:

I have a Ph.D. in Hydroclimatology (science of how climate change impacts water resources).

I have been serving on the Board of Directors of the Soquel Creek Water District for 20 years.

I am a Director of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) (organization for creation and execution of sustainable water plan). Assigned by MGA to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to specify, select, and review computer groundwater modelling tools.

Appointed by Governor to two terms (six years) on our Regional Water Quality Control Board.

B.S & M.S in Computer Science and 30 years experience in that field.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that everyone has a right to vote and participate in government.

I believe that everyone has a right to be safe and respected.

I believe that everyone has a right to pursue work and a good job to earn a living.

I believe that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that others have these rights.

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