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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Castro Valley Sanitary DistrictCandidate for Director

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Timothy R. McGowan

9,169 votes (22.21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reject the "Less Than Weekly Garbage Collection" proposal and maintain weekly collection of garbage.
  • Maintain CVSan's as the second lowest sewer rates in Alameda County
  • Continue CVSan's community education programs to improve recycling and reduce waste going to the landfill.



Profession:Board Member, Castro Valley Sanitary District and Senior Civil Engineer
Senior Civil Engineer, East Bay Municipal Utility District (2015–current)
Board Member, Castro Valley Sanitary District — Elected position (2004–current)
Trustee, East Bay Municipal Utility District Employee Retirement System — Elected position (2012–current)
Associate Civil Engineer, East Bay Municipal Utility District (2000–2015)


University of California, Davis Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (1993)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • AFSCME Local 2019
  • Teamsters Local 70
  • South Alameda County Young Democrats Club
  • Castro Valley Democratic Club
  • Democratic Party

Elected Officials (5)

  • Dennis Waespi, Board Member, East Bay Regional Park District
  • David Sadoff, Board Member, Castro Valley Sanitary District
  • Danny Akagi, Board Member, Castro Valley Sanitary District
  • Frank Melon, East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Bill Quirk, Assembly Member

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been a board member of the Castro Valley Sanitary District since I was first elected in 2004. If re-elected my number one priority will be to continue weekly trash collection as I believe that “Less Than Weekly Garbage Service” is counter to our mission to protect public health and keep Castro Valley clean.


I am proud that CVSan has maintained the second lowest sewer rates in Alameda County during my entire 12 years on the board. I am also extremely proud that Castro Valley sends 16,000 tons less waste to the landfill compared to when I was first elected. We continue to be a leader in educating our community on the 4Rs (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Rot).


In my day job, I am a senior civil engineer at the East Bay Municipal Utility District where I oversee a staff of four engineers and I am responsible for planning improvements to water treatment plants, water storage tanks, pumping plants and pipelines. I bring the lessons I gain at work to guide the sanitary district’s capital improvement program and to ensure proper maintenance of our facilities.


I consider myself to be a local boy. I spent my formative years growing up in the city of Hayward while my parents pursued their education at California State East Bay. I attended public schools including Southgate Elementary, Calaroga Junior High, Mount Eden High School and finally Washington High School in Fremont. I went on to U.C. Davis where I graduated with highest honors in civil engineering.


After college I returned to the East Bay and eventually settled down in Castro Valley where I currently live with my wife and two daughters.


With the public’s support, I will continue to provide quality service, reasonable rates and proper long-term management of our resources.


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