Three candidates have filed papers to run for a seat on the governing board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in the November election.
Bern Beecham, Lou Becker and Brian Schmidt have thrown their hats into the ring to represent the newly created District 7, which covers Mountain View as well as Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos.
Both Beecham and Becker are veteran politicians familiar with municipal water administration. Schmidt, a Mountain View resident, is an environmentalist and lecturer at Santa Clara University who is familiar with water issues.....Schmidt has served on the water district's Environmental Advisory Committee and the Performance Audit Committee. He, too, is concerned about finances, but wrote in an e-mail that he believes his experience working on environmental issues will give him "an opportunity to lead the way on mercury cleanup and water district environmental leadership."
Schmidt said he is interested in protecting the Permanente Creek Trail, as well as cleaning up Moffett Field and restoring wetlands in the area.
Additionally, Schmidt would like to make some changes to the way the board operates. Should he be elected, Schmidt said he would work to have public board meetings moved to the evening so citizens with day jobs can more easily attend. Currently, meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
"Clean government is the only way you can get real fiscal reform," Schmidt said.....
Looking forward to seeing the candidate positions spelled out in detail, as we've already done at the BrianforWater.org website.