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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is governed by a five person Board of Directors elected to four-year terms by registered voters within the District's boundaries. For more information on how to run for the Board see www.votescount.com. The Board of Directors are responsible for the establishment of policy relative to the District's mission, goals and operations. All Board members can be contacted through the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, District Secretary, 13060 Highway 9 Boulder Creek CA 95006, (831)430-4636, bod@slvwd.com. In addition, some Board members have provided personal contact information:
 

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS ARE:

Charles Baughman Charles Baughman,
Vice President

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Term Began December 2014 San Lorenzo Valley Water District
13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek CA 95006
831-430-4636 (office)
831-338-7986 (fax)
Ethics Certification Term Expires December 2018
Chuck Baughman is a retired electrical engineer.  He moved to the Boulder Creek area in 2004 where he lives with his longtime partner Kristina and two pretty well behaved mixed breed mutts.

Since 2007 he has been involved in habitat restoration, contributing to the efforts of Santa Cruz County Parks at Quail Hollow Ranch and California State Parks at Castle Rock and Little Basin.

Margaret Bruce Margaret Bruce,
Director

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Ethics Certification

Term Began December 2016 San Lorenzo Valley Water District 13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek CA 95006
831-430-4636 (office)
831-338-7986 (fax)
Term Expires December 2020

Margaret Bruce was elected to the Board of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District in 2012, after serving on the District’s Water Education Commission since its inception.  Margaret’s service to the Water District springs from her passion for environmental stewardship, community engagement and good governance.  One of Margaret’s favorite sayings illustrates her perspective on community and service: “That which you know, you love. That which you love, you protect.” 

With more than 25 years of professional experience in environmental program and policy work, Margaret brings a wide range of board service, business and government experience to her role on the Board.

In 2001, Margaret co-founded Sustainable Silicon Valley, demonstrating Silicon Valley’s early business leadership on climate policy through the first voluntary climate goals and reports. During her tenure at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Margaret engaged member companies to shape and support leading-edge environmental policy issues, including green chemistry, water quality and supply, extended producer responsibility, electronic waste, hazardous materials management, land use and climate change.  For the City of San Jose, Margaret led the creation of the San Jose Green Vision implementation plan. While at Ecology Action, she organized the deployment of the state-wide, ARRA-funded, Energy Upgrade California residential energy efficiency program.  In 2005 Margaret was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board where she led the Board’s exploration of new industrial storm water standards. Margaret leads her own consulting firm, Manzanita Consulting Associates, where her work supports client projects such as; community choice aggregation, business engagement on climate change, environmental management systems, and standards supporting women’s empowerment in developing economies.


Eric Hammer Eric Hammer,
Director

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Term Began December 2014 13200 Central Ave. Suite A
Boulder Creek CA 95006
831-703-4689 (office)
831-703-4563 (fax)
Ethics Certification Term Expires December 2018

Eric Hammer is a lifelong resident of the San Lorenzo Valley and small business owner.  Eric’s passion for environmental stewardship was formed as a young child, walking the watersheds of the San Lorenzo Valley with his parents Joe and Mary Hammer, and his sister Lisa.  This is a tradition he has continued with his own family, wife Susan and their children, Kai, Charlie, and Ruby.

Service to the community is a core value to Eric, as a founding member of Youth First, the non-profit established to build the Felton Teen Center, a past member of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District Board of Directors, the Redwood Mountain Fair Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of Community Bridges, The Board of Directors of the Boulder Creek Business Association, and as a current member of the Board of Directors of the 14th Agricultural District-Santa Cruz County Fair.


Gene Ratcliffe Gene Ratcliffe,
President

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Term Began December 2014 San Lorenzo Valley Water District 13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek CA 95006
831-430-4636 (office)
831-338-7986 (fax)
Ethics Certification Term Expires December 2018

Gene Ratcliffe is a native Californian, raised in the Bay Area.  She moved to the San Lorenzo Valley in 2013, in order to support her parents, long term residents of Felton.

Gene has many years in community service, serving as a Planning Commissioner and a member of the Housing Advisory Committee in San Juan Capistrano.  Gene’s education in Geology (B.S., UCLA) and Plant Science (M.S., Cornell) and her work experience in environmental horticulture and water conservation education all contributed to her desire to serve as a Director of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.

Bill Smallman

Bill Smallman,
Director

e mail Term Began December 2016 San Lorenzo Valley Water District 13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek CA 95006
831-430-4636 (office)
831-338-7986 (fax)
  Term Expires December 2020

I’ve been Estimator, Project Manager, Superintendent, and/or Project Engineer for numerous large water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects for over 27 years.  I have many relationships and built knowledge of many water agencies which will be extremely helpful improving and maintaining our District.

My lifelong passion is to become an environmental leader. Our paradise is also our watershed.

I successfully won a court battle with the State to allow me take the Professional Engineer exam.  My license number is C77329.

I’ve developed extensive plans to solve water issues Countywide by producing and storing over 10 billion gallons of water every year without using desalination and by environmentally beneficial means.

I served two volatile terms with the Lompico County Water District and helped them with the only realistic solution- merging with SLVWD.

I’m an expert on cost, and know how to develop a model for the upkeep and maintenance of water systems.  This is a required tool to be able to provide quality water service at affordable pricing.


BOARD MEETINGS

Regularly Scheduled Meetings of the Board of Directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. (time - certain), Closed Session begins at 5:00 pm. Meetings are held at the District's Operations Building located at 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9119.
Special Meetings of the Board of Directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District may be duly authorized by the President as deemed necessary. Notice and location of Special Meetings shall be as prescribed by law.
Committee Meetings of the Board of Directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District may be authorized by the committee Chair as deemed necessary. Notice and location of Committee Meetings shall be as prescribed by law.
Standing Committees Administration Committee, Budget & Finance Committee, Engineering Committee, Environmental Committee, Lompico Assessment District Oversight Committee

Each committee consists of the 2 Board members and an appointed member of the public, except the Lompico Assessment District Oversight Committee which consists of 5 members of the public that reside in the Lompico area.

Standing Committees:

  • Administration Committee - Bruce, Hammer and Bob Fultz (public member)

  • Budget and Finance Committee - Baughman, Ratcliffe and John Hayes (public member)

  • Engineering Committee - Hammer, Smallman and (public member, to be appointed)
  • Environmental Committee - : Bruce, Ratcliffe and Rick Moran (public member)
  • Lompico Assessment District Oversight Committee - April Crittenden, John Grunow, Lydia Hammack, Toni Norton and Ruth Shaw

Multi-Agency Committees:

  • Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Advisory Committee - Baughman, Hammer


In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the American Disabilities Act of 1990, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District requires that any person in need of any type of special equipment, assistance or accommodation(s) in order to communicate at the District's Public Meeting can contact the District Secretary's Office at (831) 430-4636 a minimum of 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
 
PLACING AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA

Agendas for upcoming Board of Directors or Committee meetings are prepared by the District Manager, in consultation with the President or presiding officer. Written agendas for each Board of Directors meetings are available by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday meeting. Copies of the agenda and all written supporting materials are provided to each Board member and selected staff. Agenda documents may be reviewed at the office of the District Secretary, 13060 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006.

Persons wishing to communicate with the Board, or have an agenda item scheduled, should make their request known in writing to the President of the Board. All such written requests, including informational materials and supporting documentation, must be delivered to the office of the District Secretary by Thursday, 5:00 p.m., one (1) week preceding the date of the scheduled Board of Directors meeting. The President of the Board shall decide whether the subject matter is one which can and should be considered as part of a Board meeting agenda. Generally, such matters will be placed on the Written Correspondence portion of the agenda for discussion and consideration. However, no action may be taken by the Board of Directors on any Written Communications presented. The Board of Directors may request that the matter be placed on a future agenda for additional consideration and possible action.

Generally, only those matters listed on the agenda shall be finally acted upon by the Board of Directors. However, if a matter is deemed by any Board Director, the District Manager or District Council to be urgent, it may, in accordance with the Brown Act (California Government Code Section 54950 et. Seq.) be added to the agenda and be acted upon by the Board of Directors if an explanation of the urgency is stated in open Board meeting and a majority of the Board consents to hear it.

 
ADDRESSING THE BOARD
Your participation at Board meetings is encouraged; however, participation will be most effective if you address the Board in the appropriate manner and at the appropriate time. Directors of the Board can be addressed for any non-agendized items within the jurisdiction of the District during "Oral Communications" listed on the agenda. If you wish to address the Board about a topic on the agenda, wait until that agenda item is taken up by the Board. Normally, presentations must not exceed three (3) minutes in length, and individuals may only speak once during Oral Communications. No actions may be taken by the Board of Directors on any Oral Communications presented; however, the Board of Directors may request that the matter be placed on a future agenda. To address the Board, stand or raise your hand until you are recognized by the Board President then state your name for the record. Remember that you are addressing the full Board of Directors, not one member, staff or the public in attendance.
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS POLICY MANUAL
The Board of Directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District is committed to providing excellence in legislative leadership that results in the provision of the highest quality services to its constituents. The Board of Directors are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards, to follow District policies and regulations, and to abide by all applicable local, state and federal laws.
Current BOARD POLICY MANUAL (PDF)
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