To date, the town has received 11 applications for the post left vacant last month by the resignation of CSD Director Brian Dawson. Nine of the applicants appeared before the CSD directors at the March 7 meeting to introduce themselves and answer questions from the board.
Hall has an extensive background in finance and a wealth of experience serving on community boards. As three generations of his family live in Discovery Bay, the semi-retired businessman has a vested interest in the future of the town. “I’m interested in seeing the infrastructure and safety of the community maintained for my family,” said Hall. “I believe I have something to offer.”
Harris sits on the homeowners association and landscaping boards of The Lakes and is interested in seeing the town develop a community center. “The community center is a pet peeve of mine,” said Harris. “If the community center were placed in Discovery Bay, I think it would be an asset to part of the community. But I don’t think one community center will be the answer. I think another community center is going to be the answer.”
The longtime and well-known Discovery Bay resident has spent years volunteering in the community with organizations such as Lions Club and CYO basketball. “I’ve been heavily involved in the community and would like to devote a lot of my time to furthering the goals of Discovery Bay and the infrastructure,” said Mattison. “Another thing I’d like to do is be on a community center committee.”
The retired real estate broker has lived in Discovery Bay for 10 years and emphasizes her experience with water districts – especially in Los Gatos following the Loma Prieta earthquake – as helpful to the CSD board. “I’ve been on many, many boards in my career,” said Moser. “I’m interested in the water (end of things) and I have a lot of experience to bring to the board. It would be an honor to work with you all.”
A former Fremont city council member, Pease, now a retired Discovery Bay resident and member of the design and environmental review board for the Discovery Bay Property Owners Association, believes his civic and fiscal experience makes him a strong candidate. “I’m a firm believer in community participation,” said Pease. “And I owned my own business, so I have a sense of what it takes from a budget standpoint.”
Rigoni admits that while he might be the candidate with the least experience, his enthusiasm and commitment to Discovery Bay would make him a good choice for a seat on the board. “I’ve never been a member of a board, but everyone has to start somewhere,” said Rigoni. “I’m a businessman, a technology guy, and have done a lot of work with water and wastewater plants. Discovery Bay is a beautiful place and a beautiful community, and I would like to help keep it that way.”
The three-year resident of Discovery Bay wants to serve on the CSD board to help the community retain its uniqueness and appeal. “I’m interested in bringing public transportation to the community and in having retail come to town so that we can be like Marin, with their unique dining and shops,” said Stewart. “But then at the end of the day everyone can go home and we will be left with our unique community.”
Visitin has been a resident of Discovery Bay since 1989 and would like to see the community turned into a city. “I’ve been in business for myself for years and have worked with many Fortune 500 companies,” said Visitin. “I’ve been active in the DBPOA (Discovery Bay Property Owners Association), the coalition, the opposite side of the board, and my wife has helped out in the schools for years.”
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the town. For more information, call 925-634-1441.