During this transitional period, we believe that the Community Services District Board of Directors needs strong leaders who share a vision for Discovery Bay’s future. We endorse incumbents Brian Dawson and Kevin Graves, both of whom have displayed leadership in their first 10 months on the board. Dawson and Graves have only just gotten their feet wet in Discovery Bay’s political waters, but we’d like to see what fresh ideas they’ll bring in the future.
Discovery Bay also needs a connection to its history, so we’re endorsing Walter MacVittie, a former member of the Discovery Bay Municipal Advisory Council, whose knowledge about the community spans decades. We believe MacVittie will help move the town forward.
Dawson is a proven community advocate, serving an influential role in the expansion of local parks, and if elected would encourage the development of a series of youth programs. While Dawson wants to bring more positive change to Discovery Bay, he’s also aware of the weary economic climate and believes that fiscally responsible measures must be taken to eliminate government waste and create a budget that supports the water, sewer and landscaping needs of the town.
Graves, who also advocates smart growth and a fiscally responsible CSD, has shown courage by taking over the role of board president, uniting a formerly divisive group and keeping the board on task, running meetings with efficiency. He marries local and bigger-scale issues when he says the CSD should finish installing water meters as soon as possible, if only because water conservation and the Delta preservation are critical, and Discovery Bay should consume less water.
Having lived in Discovery Bay for 22 years, MacVittie’s knowledge of the community will be valuable in guiding the town into the future. He has attended CSD meetings regularly to stay on top of the issues, and his community service record, which includes 10 years on the East County Regional Planning Commission, allows him to better understand the regional agencies that interact with Discovery Bay.
We commend candidates Jonathan Silver and Chris Steele for their interest in serving their community and expressing passion for their hometown, and we hope they’ll continue to stay involved in local politics.