I, Jonathan Silver, hereby announce my candidacy for the position of director for the Discovery Bay Community Services District.
I would like to share a little personal background. I have been married for 25 years and have four children. I have lived in different parts of the country as well as overseas. We have called California our home for the past five years and own a home in the The Lakes subdivision.
I have worked in the private sector and have been employed for the past 27 years in the laundry industry. My current position for the past five years has been in a general management position for a multinational corporation in the San Francisco offices. My responsibilities include supervising 110 employees who service 1,200 Bay Area clients. My business experience is extensive in complying with many federal, state and local government rules and regulations. I am responsible for an annual operating budget in excess of $8 million.
Why I am running for the director’s position? I feel being a part of the community is participating and serving your community to the best of your ability. I currently have the time to give to the community along with my years of business experience and personal expertise in budgeting, finance, operations and many more attributes necessary to be an effective director for the community.
I have attended a few meetings and witnessed unreasonable treatment to our citizens, listened to several citizens ask informative questions and was concerned about the answers they received with regard to budget items, procedural policy and most currently a few of the board members lack of concern regarding the 9-percent rate increase proposed and passed by the board, with more increases forthcoming.
In addition, this community has been stricken with the lack of fire services because of Contra Costa County’s inability to provide them. That should be unacceptable for our community and more objections should be voiced by all.
As a director I will promise to commit the time to do the following: Treat all of our residents with dignity and respect they deserve. Strive to do my part to bring openness and transparency to our local government. I plan to foster trust between residents and the board, review and scrutinize the budget to contain costs to stay within the specified finances and to be fiscally responsible with our resources.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to serving this community and the citizens that call the Town of Discovery Bay their home.
Jonathan Silver, Discovery Bay