As I hinted at a while back, I've thrown my hat in the ring to run for the Santa Clara Valley Water District in the November 2010 election, representing the north county cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, and neighboring unincorporated county land extending up the Santa Cruz Mountains to the county line. My official campaign website is http://brianforwater.org/, and campaign blog at http://brianforwater.blogspot.com/.
The Water District is pretty unique, combining responsibility for water supply, flood control, and watershed protection. Many water districts have been extremely destructive water-grabbers or dam builders - this one is different, but a lot more can be done to make it even better. It may not sound immediately important, but it does a lot of work, and I've been involved with it as chair and vice-chair of its Environmental Advisory Committee over the years. The elected position occupies a somewhat-vague middle ground between the all-volunteer, supposedly-limited time commitment of most city councils, and the full-time, paid positions at the county and state level.
So will I win? I'll exceed the accuracy level of many campaigners by skipping the false certainty and admit that I don't really know. It would be hard to lose just right now - it's an open seat and I'm the only one who's filed an official Intent to Run. On the other hand, other people are interested and have their own very good qualifications, so we'll see. I do plan to run a serious campaign - I'm very certain of the support of the local environmental community and that I have more experience than any other name I've heard with the District.
Coming back to the relevance to this blog - the Water District is very clued in to climate change, but again it's always possible to do more. I also want to highlight the foolishness of Proposition 23 on the November ballot that would suspend California's premier climate change law, AB 32, on the false pretense that the law has anything to do with high unemployment. I'll be able to make some useful trouble there.
With the campaign effort taking time, I probably will be posting a bit less here, and some of the posting here will be cross-posted from the campaign blog and may be of less interest to readers who aren't from here. I even thought of making Backseat Driving my campaign blog, but many of personal rants are unrelated to the job of the Water District, so I'd rather let people concentrate on the central issues while not hiding the rants that are here.