East Bay water dept. will pay to attract board members

Officials at the Dublin San Ramon (Calif.) Services District said spending some money makes running for office less intimidating.

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DUBLIN, CA, MARCH 7, 2017 -- A public water supplier in the East Bay city of Dublin is offering up to $5,000 and three weeks of staff time to try to entice citizens to run for spots on the local water board.

The East Bay Times reports that the previous two elections attracted no challengers, and board members are looking at new ways to "familiarize the public with the agency and make running for office less intimidating."

Prospective candidates will be able to attend a "crash course on water and sewer prgrams" via a citizens academy, designed to teach the public about the district’s mission and tour its treatment plants, pumps, and headquarters. Attendees would get bused to different facilities, and be treated to dinner for participating.

The district supplies water to 80,000 people to Dublin and part of San Ramon, and treats sewage for 150,000 people in Dublin, Pleasanton and part of San Ramon.

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