Why I Support Diana Foss
The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) Board of Directors needs new blood. Many of the members have been on it for way too long and may be there for the rest of their lives since they unanimously decided against term limits for themselves recently. I am not a strict, across-the-board supporter of term limits myself, except for executive positions like president, governor and mayor. However, the decision as to whether limits are instituted for the SCVWD board should not be the province of self-serving board members, but the people. The incredible arrogance of the board’s decision gives yet more sustenance to the necessity of changing the membership.
The public demands for cost reductions and oversight of the SCVWD have been ignored by the current board, who just voted for yet more raises for some of their overpaid staff. A grand jury investigation a few years ago resulted in their finding several items that needed review and change, and these were also brushed aside by the board. The freewheeling ways of SCVWD’s recently resigned CEO and the board’s complicity in his follies were a disgrace. The entire board needs to be individually scrutinized and some of them, at least, sent downstream to Alviso.
There are elections in three districts this year. Unfortunately, two members are running unopposed (term limits would surely stop that). The only district where it is possible to make a change in this election is the second, where Diana Foss is running against incumbent Joe Judge, who has been on the board for 22 years—that’s right, TWENTY-TWO YEARS. Judge has the vocal and financial backing of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party apparatus, even though Foss is a committed Democrat too. It stinks of the old-boy-network machine politics of Tammany Hall and Richard Daley’s Chicago.
I am sure Mr. Judge, who I do not know, is committed to his board service, but 22 years is way beyond the call of duty and, under the circumstances, his seeking re-election yet again is looking more like a power trip. Diana Foss, who I do know, is a highly educated scientist, engaged citizen and local activist and is more than qualified to be a member of the board. She is committed to environmental stewardship and conservation, and believes there should be term limits on board members and far more public scrutiny of the water district’s expenditures and practices. I couldn’t agree more.
I will be voting for Diana Foss for SCVWD tomorrow.