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Filing Period Open to Run in Your Local Water Board Election!

Yesterday was the first day to file your paperwork to run in your local water board election! The last day to submit your paperwork at your county’s elections office is August 10th. Being a part of your local water board is important because it’s an opportunity to make direct change in your community. If your community is currently dealing with water quality concerns, there’s even more of an opportunity for you to be part of finding a solution! 

To learn more, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  

If you are interested in running but have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email Adriana Renteria 559-733-0219 adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


¡Ayer fue el primer día para entregar los documentos para postularse como candidato a la Mesa Local del Agua! El último día para entregar los documentos será el viernes, 10 de agosto, 2018. La responsabilidad y la oportunidad para tener una representación comunitaria fuerte depende de los residentes que decidan postularse para la mesa directiva del agua. Si usted tiene problemas con la calidad del agua en su comunidad y se postula como candidato es aún otra oportunidad para poder ser parte de la solución.

Visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections

Si usted está interesad@ en postularse como candidat@ o si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Adriana Renteria al 559-733-0219 o adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org  


How do I begin the process for filing for candidacy in my local water board?

1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.

2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk. All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election.

Optional: 3) candidates can choose to pay a fee to submit an optional candidate statement which is a short summary written by the candidate that tells voters why they are running for a seat on their local water board. This candidate statement is included in the ballot that voters receive in the mail. If you choose not to pay for an optional candidate statement, make sure you let your community know you are running in other ways--like using social media or attending community events!

To learn more about the specific forms you will need to fill out, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


1) Comuníquese a la Oficina Electoral Local del Condado para verificar que su domicilio donde está registrado para votar le permite ser candidato para la Mesa Directiva del Agua que se quiere postular.

2) Vaya a la Oficina Electoral del Condado para firmar en persona la forma sobre la Declaración del Candidato y otros documentos necesarios para postularse. Es importante que todos los candidatos entreguen los documentos entre el 16 de julio hasta el 10 de agosto para poder aparecer en las boletas el día de las elecciones.

3) Paso opcional: Los candidatos tienen la opción de escribir una declaración para ser compartida con los votantes. Este resumen es opcional y la oficina electoral del condado cobrará una tarifa para dar a conocer la declaración del candidato. Si decide no pagar para la declaración del candidato, puede decirle a su comunidad que se está postulando para la Mesa Directiva Del Agua usando las redes sociales o también puede asistir a juntas comunitarias.

Para saber más sobre los documentos que necesita entregar para postularse como candidato, visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


How many seats are up for election in my community?

How many seats are up for election in my community? To download a PDF of the local water boards in your county and to find contact information for your South Valley county elections office, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections


¿Cuántos puestos de la mesa directiva del agua están disponibles para las elecciones? Revise el siguiente documento con los nombres de las mesas directivas del agua en su condado visitando nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections


Who is eligible to join a water board?

Who is eligible to join a water board? To run in an election for a Community Services District or a Public Utilities District in Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties, you must meet these two requirements: 1) be a registered voter within the district you are running for, and 2) you cannot be on parole for a felony. That’s it!

To learn more about the requirements to vote or run for a seat for different water district types, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


¿Quién puede postularse para ser candidato en la mesa del agua? Para postularse como candidato a la Mesa Directiva Del Agua del “Community Services District” o “Public Utilities District” en los Condados de Fresno, Kern, Kings, y Tulare, es necesario que los candidatos estén: 1) Registrados para votar en el Distrito de la Mesa Directiva donde le corresponde, y 2) que no estén en libertad condicional por un delito grave.

Para más información visita nuestra página web sobre los requisitos para postularse como candidato en diferentes distritos. www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election

Earlier this year, CWC released a report that found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years. When there isn’t a lot of competition for local water board seats, sometimes it could mean that a board member who is doing a great job remains on the board and continues their great work. Other times it could mean board members who aren’t listening to community concerns remain on the board because there is no one running against them. Local water boards offer an opportunity for residents to take action to make a difference in your community.

Take the next step to make a difference in your community by visiting our webpage to learn more about how to run in your local election: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


Un nuevo informe del Centro Comunitario Por el Agua ​refleja una dura realidad: simplemente no hay suficientes residentes interesados en ser parte de la mesa del agua, principalmente en el sur del Valle de San Joaquín. Por lo tanto, refleja una falta de representación por parte de la comunidad. 87% de los puestos de la mesa local del agua no fueron disputados en las elecciones más recientes, es decir, no hubo ningún nuevo ​candidato para tomar el lugar de la mesa del agua​. Cuando sólo un candidato se postula para la mesa del agua entonces la elección no se lleva a cabo y automáticamente toma el lugar en la mesa directiva. En los cuatro condados estudiados, 75 de 109 mesas locales del agua no han tenido una sola elección en los últimos cuatros años​. Cuando no hay suficiente gente postulándose para la mesa local del agua, a veces puede significar que un miembro de la mesa que está haciendo un gran trabajo permanece en la mesa y continúa su gran trabajo. Otras veces puede significar que los miembros de la mesa que no están escuchando las preocupaciones de la comunidad permanecen en este puesto porque no hay nadie que se postule contra ellos. Las mesas directivas del agua local ofrecen una oportunidad para que los residentes tomen medidas para marcar la diferencia en su comunidad.

Visite nuestra página web para saber más sobre las mesas directivas del agua www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


What do local water boards do?

What do local water boards do? There are many types of resident-led water boards that manage water like Community Services Districts, Public Utilities District, Irrigation Districts, and more. These local water boards typically have five board members that each serve on the board for four years. Board members are responsible for planning, funding, and overseeing projects to secure safe drinking water, setting fair water rates, and holding public meetings for the community.

Visit our webpage with more information here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


¿Cual es la función de las mesas directivas del agua? Existen diferentes tipos de mesas locales del agua que están relacionadas con la gestión del agua. Estas Mesas del Agua son conocidas en inglés como Community Services Districts (CSD, por sus siglas en inglés) y Public Utility Districts (PUD, por sus siglas en inglés). Típicamente las Mesas Directivas están conformadas por cinco miembros de la comunidad y cada miembro se queda por cuatro años electo. Los miembros de las mesas del agua pueden: planear, financiar, y supervisar proyectos para asegurar el agua limpia, establecer tarifas del agua justas, y también deben tener juntas públicas para la comunidad.  

 Visite nuestra página web para saber más sobre las mesas directivas del agua www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


Water Board Elections

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Getting Involved with Your Local Water Board Elections

Local water boards, including Community Services Districts (CSDs), Public Utilities Districts (PUDs), and nonprofit Mutual water companies, as well as small cities, are responsible for implementing the Human Right to Water in many rural communities.

We just released a new report: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice." The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years.

This gap of local leadership is partly due to the complicated and fragmented nature of water governance in CA and the lack of support and resources for interested leaders to step into decision-making roles themselves. In order to address this gap, the Community Water Center has compiled resources for community leaders to learn more about local water boards and to take the next step to run in their water board election. How to use these resources to run for a local water board seat:

Step 1: Check out the CWC factsheets and resources to learn more about local water boards

Step 2: Contact your county elections office to confirm you are eligible to run in your local water board district

Step 3: Take direct action to improve your community by filing to be a candidate in your local water board election

Step 4: Once you are a local water board member, apply to join the Community Water Leaders Network to receive ongoing support!

Submit paperwork to file for candidacy within this window:

July 16, 2018— August 10, 2018

 

LOCAL WATER BOARD ELECTION FACT SHEETS AND RESOURCES

 

INFORMACIÓN SOBRE CÓMO POSTULARSE EN LA MESA DIRECTIVA DEL AGUA, CÓMO FUNCIONA Y LA IMPORTANCIA EN PARTICIPAR

 

COUNTY ELECTIONS RESOURCES

Tulare County

Kings County

Fresno County

Kern County


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