Landscape architects Meg West and Charles McClure ​— ​challenging two incumbents for seats on the board of the Goleta Water District ​— ​debated on 9/24; incumbents Bert Bertrando and Jack Cunningham didn’t show. West, who sits on the Goleta Planning Commission, stressed her long list of endorsements and focus on preparing for a continued drought and an El Niño season; she also floated the idea of a “toilet-to-tap” program like Orange County’s and asking homeowners to move from lawns to drought-tolerant plants. McClure, chair of the Goleta Cemetery District, said he’d focus on limiting the district’s costs and favor incentives over punitive measures. The two will debate again on 10/8 at 6 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center.


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