Dannica Earl, who lives in the Centex area of Discovery Bay, has submitted an application and sees the volunteer position as a way to keep the P-6 playing field level.
“I was informed that we didn’t have any representation from our particular part of Discovery Bay, and since it’s a pretty big area, I thought I would apply,” said Earl. “I absolutely think it is a good idea to have someone from each zone to sit on the committee to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the way things are being handled.”
Chuck Faris lives in the Lakeshore development and said he is applying for a spot on the committee for many of the same reasons as Earl: “It is my understanding that most of the P-6 funds are coming out of Lakeshore and I’m mostly concerned and interested in a reasonable application of funds versus spending. I think it’s important to be there.”
The other committee applicants are Bob Mankin, Carlos Taborini, Chris Finetti and Duane Steele. Mankin and Taborini live in the Lakeshore development and Finetti and Steele are residents of The Lakes community.
The P-6 committee guidelines stipulate that there be no more than two members from any one of the five P-6 zones. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Supervisor Mary Piepho, will appoint the committee’s members.
The formation of the group came at the request of Discovery Bay West P-6 contributors, whose approximately $500,000 in P-6 taxes funded the town’s two new resident deputies and crime prevention specialist. The purpose of the volunteer committee is to submit reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors based on the disbursement of funds and services.
Although the deadline for the committee applications was officially Sept. 15, Lea Castleberry, Piepho’s deputy chief of staff, said interested residents are still welcome to apply: “We have had a nice response, but at this point I would still encourage those who are interested to send in an application because we don’t know yet where everyone resides and if they’ll meet the residency requirements.”
Those interested in serving on the committee may obtain an application by calling the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in Martinez at 925-335-1900, or Piepho’s office at 925-820-8683.