Several candidates are running for office in the Cucamonga Valley Water District in the Nov. 5 election.
The Cucamonga Valley Water District covers Rancho Cucamonga, portions of the cities of Fontana, Ontario, and Upland, and some unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.
On July 10, 2018, CVWD adopted an ordinance establishing the election of members of the Board of Directors by five divisions, establishing the boundaries and identification number of each division, and establishing the election order of each division. Voters who reside within Division 1 and Division 2 will vote for their representatives during this year’s election.
The candidates submitted statements to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. Those statements, which were printed in the sample ballot, are reprinted below.
----- DIVISION 1
The candidates are Kevin Kenley and Oscar Gonzalez.
----- KEVIN KENLEY
I've raised my 5 children in southern Rancho Cucamonga since 2001, where I'm also involved in local youth sports; I'm a BSA Assistant Scoutmaster; I've led church youth groups; and I've fought for my community.
When I ran for City Council last year, I was simply just a fellow middle-class resident and UPS automotive supervisor who decided to turn my concerns for our community into actions. With very little money, and no special interest support, I missed winning by only 2 percent of the votes. During that campaign, I learned much about other voters' concerns.
One concern many voters expressed is how Cucamonga Valley Water District is managing our water services. After doing research I also have concerns about recent fee increases, wasteful spending by CVWD, the control Sacramento has over our water, and other issues.
While I don't work in the water industry, I do have an engineering bachelor's degree, and I understand how our water system works. Additionally, I can see places it's not working. I also have to manage large budgets and finances at UPS.
If you want a voice in the Cucamonga Valley Water District from a fellow concerned resident that's willing to speak up for our concerns, please vote for me.
----- OSCAR GONZALEZ
Director, Cucamonga Valley Water District
M.S. Environmental Engineering, California State Polytechnic University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Los Angeles
Licensed Civil Engineer
• Over 30 years in water and wastewater engineering
• Director at Cucamonga Valley Water District
• Director at Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce
• Working diligently to keep the rates among the lowest in the region.
• I bring continuity to the Cucamonga Valley Water District, which is of much value in representing you in addressing the many matters, of water, in the region.
As a husband and a father of two, I hold high regard of my participation in our community. Let me continue to be your voice and steward on water related items and our natural resources.
As your elected representative, I will continue to apply my experience as a board member to convey your interests and questions to the decision making of your Water District.
I will continue to work with the Water District Team in developing plans to expand our water resource options, while: sustaining some of the lowest rates in the region; improving our Recycled Water Program; providing leadership for regional sustainable foresight, and providing education and assistance.
I appreciate your confidence in me. Please re-elect Oscar Gonzalez.
----- DIVISION 2
The candidates are Kathleen J. Tiegs and Mark Gibboney.
----- KATHLEEN J. TIEGS
Director, Cucamonga Valley Water District
Thank you for allowing me to serve on the board of Cucamonga Valley Water District. I ask for your vote to continue my service on our Board representing Division 2.
During my service, we applied strategies to ensure a sustainable water supply, made consistent investments in our infrastructure, successfully fought against a statewide water tax, transitioned to monthly billing, and expanded our Recycled Water Program while sustaining some of the lowest rates in the region.
With your vote, I'll continue to apply my experience to maximize local supplies and enhance groundwater replenishment in an economic and environmentally friendly manner.
• As a District resident for over 65 years, I have a heartfelt interest in our community.
• I will ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency, and long-term planning.
• I have over 30 years experience in Water Resource Management
• I pledge to make every drop of my experience count for you.
• I will serve honorably and continue my work to ensure sound fiscal management, high quality drinking water, affordable rates, and outstanding customer service.
Kathleen J. Tiegs (909.635-4177)
----- MARK GIBBONEY
Retired Deputy Chief of Police
I believe residents should be able to trust their Board of Directors. Transparency and accountability are not just buzzwords. I support ethical, fiscally conservative governance.
A resident since 1979, Agnes, my wife of 36 years, and I raised our children here. I am a retired Deputy Chief of Police, Attorney, and Adjunct Professor. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Laws, Juris Doctorate, and Master's degree in Management, and have extensive graduate studies in leadership skills and strategic planning. My work experience has included project management, labor relations, and budgeting. I have a history of community service and advocacy.
Delivering clean, safe, drinking water, all the services CVWD provides are critical. My work experience, education, and training will help me positively contribute to the governance of this vital agency and having the lowest possible rates.
I will work to return CVWD elections to even years, for reduced election costs and greater voter participation. As an elected Director, I will make myself available for your comments and questions. I respectfully ask you to place your trust in me to work for your best interests.
Learn more at www.MarkGibboney.com, Facebook @ Mark Gibboney for Water Board.
Contact me 909-295-2161