As we enter the sixth year of drought, it is important that Montecito have strong, focused leadership to help us deal with our water crisis. This is why we urge voters in the Montecito Water District (MWD) to vote for Charles Newman for the Montecito Water Board.

We believe this is the second most important vote we will all cast on November 8.

Charles has demonstrated innovative leadership and thinking since his appointment to the board in July 2015. He has led a much-needed effort to improve relations with key partners like the Montecito Sanitary District, the City of Santa Barbara Water Commission and City Council, and the Goleta Water District. He has been a vigorous and forceful leader in the difficult and time-consuming, on-going negotiations with Santa Barbara over desalinated water. He keeps the residents of the district firmly in mind. By example, during his service on the Board, he has gotten Santa Barbara County to waive fees and permits so we can install gray-water systems quickly and less expensively, and he has helped keep the community on track with prudent, and aggressive, conservation efforts. He regularly attends community meetings, like the Montecito Association, shares information about the district, and answers questions.

The MWD needs leadership that understands the complexities of water issues and offers immediate as well as long-term strategies to ensure that we have the water we need at affordable cost. With his experience, creative thinking, and commitment to the district, Charles is a proven and superior choice.

We are proud to support him.


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