By Ed Colley
I thank you for your past support. I have been honored to serve you on the Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) Board and I have worked hard to retain your trust in an era when so many in public office have lost it.
Many water agencies in Southern California continue to enforce mandatory rationing on their customers because of the persistent drought we face. Because of years of careful planning and prudent investments in a diverse water portfolio, not only have we at CLWA been able to avoid these draconian measures, but we are in the enviable position of continuing to store water in our banking programs; we anticipate putting between 20,000 and 30,000 acre feet of water into storage this fall and winter.
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Of course, your voluntary efforts to conserve water have also played a critical role, and for that I thank you.
Today, I am being challenged by a lobbyist for a national association of builders and contractors. He is well funded by his clients.
But, voters, not money, decide elections. So I ask you to carefully consider our records, and our qualifications.
Campaign rhetoric and promises are part of most elections. I would ask you to look beyond this and review my actual record of service:
Two years ago, I voted against the plan that would have the Sanitation District (not CLWA) build a $210 million facility to remove chloride from our waste water and have continued to support efforts to change the intent of the Regional Water Quality Control Board to impose misguided mandates. My opponent only recently came out publicly to support my position only after he saw there was political opposition to the mandate.
I have worked to ensure our local water supply by supporting solutions to the problems facing the State Water Project and voted to commit CLWA’s efforts toward building an alternative conveyance around the Sacramento Delta to enhance our water reliability and quality. Ironically, my opponent sent out a donation request asking for political donations so he could be educated on these issues.
I have been a long-time advocate for the pellet water softening pilot demonstration project that already serves some within the CLWA service area. I continue to advocate the expansion of this first-in-the-nation pilot project as we continue to learn more.
As a military veteran, and now a public school teacher, I know how small changes in rates can have a big impact on many of you. That is why I have consistently voted against unfair rate structures and increases.
I remain committed to ensuring that current customers do not pay for future development .
But my service goes far beyond the CLWA Boardroom. I have been a teacher for the Hart High School District for the last 15 years. I served a full military career, and retired from the Air Force. On active duty I was the Senior Space Systems Engineer for the European Ground Station. For more than a decade I have served on the Board of Directors for Pleasantview, a program that serves adults with developmental disabilities. For the last couple of years I have volunteered as a peer mentor with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors where I help other parents, who like me, have lost a son or daughter in the military.
I thank you for your continued confidence in my integrity and leadership, and would appreciate your vote on November 2nd!
PS: The local water board race is the absolute last item on your ballot. You will find Ed Colley, Director, Castaic Lake Water Agency, at #200 on your ballot.