It appears that the DSRSD isn't going to have a candidates forum, but I'm still learning all I can about issues that effect the region. This month I attended an information meeting and started to study the new planned rail expansion (which isn't BART) to Livermore. I've heard about the need for signal timers on Dublin Blvd to manage traffic, and started to really notice how much roadwork is going on. When I knock on doors, people are concerned about on-going development. All this factors into water needs, even if the connection isn't completely obvious. Knowing more about the challenges the Region faces helps to prioritize.
Partnership is going to be key to the future success of DSRSD. There simply isn't going to be enough water to feed the needs of the Tri-Valley. Money is also in short supply. The contract with Zone 7 isn't locked forever. We have options, but we need to act, not study them. At the same time, this campaigning has given me the opportunity to hear what customers are concerned about. It goes beyond the pocketbook, and the tradeoffs need to be balanced with the opportunities.
Being with family, and in the moment is important. This weekend we spent some time in Stockton, boating on the Delta. My youngest Marc likes water sports, and my husband Joe enjoys the outdoors. The Sacramento River water level is low, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. We returned home, eager to watch the University of Miami football game. My oldest, Andrew is a sophomore there, and I'm proud he's following in my footsteps and studying Environmental Science. How we manage our water resources is important.
This election fight and how we manage the Delta top of my mind. We need sound water policy in the Tri-Valley. The drought is lurking, only a question of when. As someone who has spent their career in the Environmental field, leading projects, overseeing million-dollar budgets, I realized that all these experiences make me a capable candidate in this arena. Knowledge of science allows me to see the opportunity lost.
My decision to run for the Dublin San Ramon Service District is one I chose because of my professional background. I’m qualified and passionate. I’ve wondered why I don’t just do my job and go home to my family every night. This weekend reminded me why – I can’t just sit back and watch our natural resources fade. As a mother of two boys, it’s about the example we set as a society. The drought may be “over” but the drinking water crisis remains. I'll make sure that plans are executed so we're in a better position to manage our next drought so everyone gets the water they need.
I’m not a politician, but I’ll be on the front line. Join me.