A few members of local agency boards have already decided to seek re-election Nov. 4. At least one director has decided to bow out. The others either haven’t yet made up their minds or, if they have, they’re not yet ready to announce their decisions.
The nomination period for the general election is from July 14 to Aug. 8 at the county’s Election Division. If an incumbent doesn’t run again for office (except for being termed out or redistricted), that deadline for other candidates is extended to Aug. 13.
The two CCSD directors up for election this year are in the race. Board President Jim Bahringer said he’d filed his paperwork July 14. Director Mike Thompson told The Cambrian on July 4 that he would submit papers to keep his seat on the Board of Directors. He’d been wrestling with the decision, he said, when a supporter told him that Thompson owes it to the people who supported him to finish what the board has started on Cambria’s water shortage.
Under an emergency permit, the district is building an emergency water-supply project to provide the district’s current residents up to 250 acre-feet a year, with the plant only being used during declared water-shortage emergencies. The project on district property on San Simeon Creek Road would treat brackish water to remove various elements before reinjecting the treated water back into the aquifer to flow into district wells, the aquifer and the lagoon.
The board’s next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, for a public hearing on a rate increase to pay for the project. The meeting is to be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
Brooke said Monday, July 7, that she’s undecided about whether or not to run for a fourth term; Clegg was unavailable to comment because he was out of town.
The new superintendent started work July 1, as did the new high school principal; a new business/finance officer is expected to start work at the district July 15.
The board’s next meeting is Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Old Grammar School, 1350 Main St.
The health care district and new administrator Robert Sayers are dealing with declining Medicare reimbursement, rising costs, a debate about wages and benefits for paramedics and other employees, an aging building, and an ongoing process to co-locate or otherwise comingle with the Cambria services district.
The board’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.
That board also faces a shortage of water, supplying enough wastewater to be treated and distributed as nonpotable water for certain kinds of irrigation, and a likely reassignment of their professional services management agreement with Ultura Water.