SAN MARCOS, CA, April 1, 2014 -- The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) recently honored the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) of San Marcos, Calif., for achieving the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence for its outstanding efforts to promote a transparent, well-governed public agency.
California Special District Association Board member Jo MacKenzie was on hand to recognize Vallecitos for completing the eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly hosting open and public meetings and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
Further, the District fulfilled the 15 website requirements, granting the public easy access to important information such as board agendas, past minutes, current District budget, and the most recent financial audit.
The last part of the certification process included demonstrated outreach that properly engaged the public in Vallecitos' governance through regular distribution of newsletters and a special community engagement project known as the Water Academy -- a full-day tour of the District that is available to all customers.
"This award is a testament to Vallecitos Water District's commitment to open government," said Dennis O. Lamb, General Manager. "The entire District staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight."
About the Special District Leadership Foundation
The Special District Leadership Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs. For more information, visit www.sdlf.org.
About Vallecitos Water District
Vallecitos Water District is an independent, special district dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. For more information, visit www.vwd.org.