I am writing this letter to support three candidates for the Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District. Each of these three candidates offers something unique and important to our community, and I know they will each work diligently for our town:
Both Kevin Graves and Brian Dawson were appointed to the board last year, and in the time they have served as appointees, they have accomplished much:
• Kevin Graves is the sitting board president, and under his leadership, the board has worked productively and efficiently to get the town’s business done. CSD meetings are often shorter than they have been in recent years, which audience members appreciate. Kevin helped to focus the board on key issues and worked collaboratively with all directors as well as staff to ensure that progress was made on areas of concern to the community, including landscaping, water and wastewater planning, fiscal planning and more.
• Brian Dawson is both a CSD director as well as the treasurer of the Discovery Bay Elementary PTA. He vigorously advocated against shuttering fire stations and helped bring the issue out to the community at large. He contributed to the formation of the P6 Committee, and advocated for improved parks, including the forthcoming basketball court at Regatta Park. Brian has urged greater transparency with the community via a professional website with posted agendas as well as official e-mail addresses that are subject to public records requests.
• Both Kevin and Brian urge fiscal responsibility, understanding that the current economy as well as the community as a whole demand that the district run lean while still providing necessary services. They also contributed to the board actions that are leading to the development of a new long-range plan for water and wastewater services.
I am also supporting Chris Steele, who will bring another dimension to the board:
• Chris is a local small-business owner and an active member of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce, serving as CEO/president of the chamber in 2009. In this capacity, he has already demonstrated his commitment to the town, but also represents a key audience that has not been served well by the CSD in recent years – local businesses. As a business owner myself, I think it important that our local governing board consider the needs of both residents and businesses, and know that Chris will help to ensure that happens.
As an active member of the Discovery Bay community, I frequently attend our CSD meetings and understand the dynamics of our town, and know that all three of these candidates will take a proactive approach to all issues.
For all of these reasons, I am supporting Kevin Graves, Brian Dawson and Chris Steele in their candidacy for CSD director. I know that if they are elected, each will build on the good work of this year’s CSD board, and the community will continue to progress as a result of their efforts.
Jennifer Finetti, Discovery Bay