This responds to Jerry Reaughs letter Sept. 24 announcing Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions application to LAFCO for a groundwater district:
Mr. Reaugh neglects to point out that the board of directors in his California Water District would be elected by voting proportional to land ownership. Obviously, this would vest control of the board in a small group of large vineyards and ranches and, while suitable in a totally agricultural context, it disenfranchises most rural district residents who depend on domestic wells. Ignoring the inequity involved, and as California water code prioritizes domestic use of water, LAFCO would be correct in rejecting PRAAGS current application.
A more acceptable alternative is a water district whose board is balanced by providing an equal number of agricultural and domestic representatives. The agricultural representatives could be elected by voting proportional to land ownership as in the California Water District, whereas the domestic representatives would be elected atlarge by eligible voters within the district. One additional director, chosen to provide objectivity and to break ties, would be appointed by the county Board of Supervisors from the pool of eligible voters in the district. This approach better satisfies the needs of all parties.