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Advisory Committee (2010)

This information is specific to the 2010 AB466 Redistricting process
(for the 2011 Redistricting process - click here)

The creation of new districts requires a redistricting study to ensure that the seven newly drawn districts meet the one-person, one-vote test and to ensure compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act. To assist with the completion of this redistricting study in an inclusive, transparent, and comprehensive manner, and in order to garner community input on the formation of the new districts, the Board of Directors established a community-based Redistricting Advisory Committee.

Below are the members of the public who have be selected to lead the redistricting effort for the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors.

The Redistricting Advisory Committee will be developing one or more redistricting plans and forwarding them to the Board of Directors for ratification and approval.

Redistricting Committee Members 

District 1: Bill Baron

District 5: Dr. Michael Chang

District 2: Lynda Ramirez Jones North County At Large: Bob Brownstein
District 3: Rev. Jeff Moore South County At Large: Roland Velasco
District 4: Susanne Wilson  
 


e-mail smallFor more information on the Santa Clara Valley Water District AB 466 redistricting process, or to provide input, please contact Rick Callender at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2017.


Bill BaronDistrict 1: Bill Baron  
Mr. Baron is a graduate of San Jose State University and a fourth-generation San Josean. He actively serves his community as a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, board member and past board chair of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Trustee and Chairman of ChamberPac, the Chamber's Political Action Committee, board member of the Stroke Awareness Foundation, board member of the Baron Student Leadership Award at San Jose State University, board member of A's to San Jose, member of the Sainte Claire Club and past Chairman of the American Heart Association Monopoly Night gala.

Mr. Baron is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including: the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Distinguished Volunteer Award in 1998, the Volunteer of the Year Award given by the American Heart Association for 1997-1998 and 2001, a Laureate distinction given by Junior Achievement 2006, and the Small Business Advocate of the Year given by the California Chamber of Commerce 2006. He also served on San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s 2007 Transition Team.

Mr. Baron is married and has two children. He enjoys golf, travel and cooking.

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Lynda Ramirez JonesDistrict 2: Lynda Ramirez Jones  
Lynda Ramirez Jones was appointed to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Redistricting Advisory Committee to represent District 2, which includes central and downtown San Jose, portions of East San Jose, and Willow Glen.

Ms. Jones is a lifelong resident of San Jose and has over 35 years experience in community activism, working with the Latino and other diverse communities, and is an activist for women’s issues. She has worked for several local elected officials on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and in the State Assembly. Currently, she is working with Rod Diridon and the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

Ms. Jones has worked with and later served on the boards of local non-profit organizations that provide social services to the community. Currently, she is a member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, serving as Co-Chair of the Commission’s annual Women’s Equality Day event.

In 2007, Ms. Jones retired from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she worked with the Board of Directors and its constituents.

Ms. Jones brings to the Redistricting Advisory Committee a comprehensive knowledge of the water district’s operations and activities and the needs of the larger community, and will be a voice for District 2 constituents.

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Rev. Jeff MooreDistrict 3: Rev. Jeff Moore  
Rev. Jethroe (Jeff) Moore II received an Associated Arts Degree from Evergreen Valley College and a B.S. Degree in Bible & Theology, Management and Ethics from San Jose Christian College. Rev. Moore is licensed and ordained to preach the gospel at the Emmanuel Baptist Church under Rev. Dr. Willie T. Gaines Jr., is registered as an Intentional Interim Pastor with California Southern Baptist, and is current Co-Pastor of the Rehoboth Christian Center.

Rev. Moore also currently serves as President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Rev. Moore is the current Chair of the Black Kitchen Cabinet. Through the collaboration of persons of African descent and allies, the Black Kitchen Cabinet promotes and establishes initiatives, programs, policies, and legislative reforms that improve the public safety, social well being, educational outcomes and economic prosperity of persons of African descent residing in the Santa Clara Valley.

Rev. Moore is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the South Bay Ministers Union, the California Alliance of African American Educators, the Public Intoxication Taskforce 647F, the Independent Police Auditor Advisory Committee, and the Santa Clara County Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care.

Rev. Moore is married and has two children.

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Susanne WilsonDistrict 4: Susanne Wilson 
Susanne Wilson has dedicated her professional and personal life to public service, having spent eight years on the San Jose City Council, 12 years on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors as the District 1 representative, and served as the first woman president of the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Through the years, Ms. Wilson has worked with organizations that seek to better the lives of children, women and families in the Santa Clara valley, and has received numerous accolades for her fundraising and leadership efforts from numerous groups, including the YWCA, United Way, BAYMEC, Career Closet, the House on the Hill, San Jose Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Next Door, Boys and Girls Club, Bridge Housing, the Valley Medical Center Foundation and San Jose State University.

Ms. Wilson was appointed as the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s inaugural member of its Independent Monitoring Committee following the passage of Measure B in 2000, and served as Chair during that committee’s first three years. In the late 1980s, she worked on environmental toxic pollution in underground water systems, including creating and chairing the Safe Water Council, a council consisting of environmental and business leaders. The Council’s accomplishments included Santa Clara County’s passage of the first Underground Tank ordinance in the State of California, followed by successful passage of a state-level ordinance the second year. In 1989, the "Susanne Wilson Toxic Pollution Award” was named for Ms. Wilson and is still given to businesses annually.

Since 1991, Ms. Wilson has headed a local governmental consulting firm, and also serves as CEO of WKW Mechanical Contractors, Inc. She is married and has three sons and seven grandchildren.

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Dr. Michael ChangDistrict 5: Dr. Michael Chang  
Dr. Michael Chang is a college professor and former mayor whose work has focused on promoting civic engagement. He is currently chairman of Asian and Asian American Studies and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) at De Anza College. Regarded as a pioneer and role model, Dr. Chang served 12 years in elected office and in 1997 became the first Asian American mayor of Cupertino.

Dr. Chang, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, has earned many honors including the President’s Award from De Anza College, a Fulbright award, the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club, Community Impact Honoree from Asian Law Alliance, Asian American Community Alumni Award from Stanford University, and resolutions from federal, state, county, and city governments. The leading Chinese language World Journal selected him as one of the Top Ten Bay Area Chinese American Leaders and Comcast TV featured him in the documentary In America: the Cupertino Story.

Dr. Chang grew up in Hong Kong, emigrated to the U.S. and attended San Francisco State University in the 1970s, earning undergraduate degrees in business administration, philosophy and religion. He later completed graduate work at Stanford University, earning master’s degrees in Asian studies and political science, as well as a Ph.D. from the School of Education.

Dr. Chang lives in Cupertino with his wife and two children.

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Bob BrownsteinNorth County At Large: Bob Brownstein  
Bob Brownstein is Policy Director at Working Partnerships USA, a research organization (originally created by the South Bay Labor Council) that focuses on local and regional government issues. As Policy Director, he manages a team that analyzes the dynamics of local economies, evaluates the needs of working families, reviews city and county programs, and proposes innovative policy initiatives.

Although his focus is government budgets and fiscal decision-making, Mr. Brownstein has also played a role in numerous other areas of public policy. He fulfilled a leadership role in the campaign to replace San Jose’s at-large elections with the current 10-district system in the late 1970s. He also served on San Jose’s Charter Review Commission in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Brownstein has also made significant achievements in preserving the financial stability of the County hospital; modifying San Jose’s affordable housing programs for the benefit of low-income families, establishing an expanded network of youth services throughout San Jose, creating a Greenline and fiscal triggers to prevent urban sprawl, designing and expanding the San Jose Living Wage policy, developing policies to restrain privatization of government services; and planning the San Jose/San Jose State Joint Library.

Prior to joining Working Partnerships, Mr. Brownstein spent 20 years as a senior policy analyst in local government serving as Chief of Staff to County Supervisor Susanne Wilson and Public Policy and Budget Director for San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer. Mr. Brownstein holds a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, a master’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University, and a master’s of science degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. He is co-author of Walking the Lifelong Tightrope, a study of economic insecurity in California; Everyone’s Valley, an analysis of the housing crisis in Silicon Valley; and An Historical Analysis of Tax and Fiscal Propositions in California, 1978-2004.

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Roland VelascoSouth County At Large: Roland Velasco  
Roland Velasco was appointed by former water district South County At-Large Director Sig Sanchez to represent South County cities during the formal redistricting process.

A lifelong resident of Gilroy, Mr. Velasco was elected by voters to the Gilroy City Council in 1997 and re-elected in 2003.
He has served on various local and regional committees and commissions, including the Rebekah Children’s Services Community Advisory Board, Leadership Gilroy, Gilroy Economic Development Corporation, Gilroy Gang Task Force, Santa Clara County Water Commission, South Santa Clara County Fire District, Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council, Santa Clara County Waste and Recycle Commission, and the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).

Mr. Velasco served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst for four years. Upon returning home to Gilroy, he attended Gavilan College and then San Jose State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Later, he received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. In addition, he is a graduate of the Santa Clara University Markkula Center Ethics and Leadership Camp and the Santa Clara County Leadership Seminar Series.

Mr. Velasco works for the County of Santa Clara as a policy aide and lives in Gilroy with his wife and three children.

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