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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Montara Water and Sanitary DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Scott Boyd

1,567 votes (33.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Defend our water. We have not forgotten that we've been owned before. Keep our water here and locally controlled for the community that paid to take back control.
  • Obtain the Martini Creek Bypass land for watershed protection, additional water supplies, and local recreation.
  • Complete the years-long effort to bring recycled water to the Sewer Authority at no cost to rate payers.



Profession:Incumbent. I'm an engineer in the tech industry.
Director, Montara Water & Sanitary District — Elected position (1998–current)


I started out volunteering to build the District's web site after working on the Tunnel campaign.  It wasn't long before I was on the board.  Members of the community and the board had been working for years to solve our water problems, and I joined in.  It seemed to take forever, but it's been a dozen years since Montara and Moss Beach took back our water system.  It was in bad shape, but we've rebuilt it to one of the finest in the state.  We've replaced lines, added fire hydrants, built tanks, drilled wells, and much more.  

Our water supply is now so secure that the Coastal Commission and the State Department of Water allowed us to end the practice of putting urban homes on domestic wells.  As further evidence, after four years of drought that forced other agencies into mandatory cutbacks, our all-local water supply remained strong and steady.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club
  • Montara Moss Beach Water Improvement Association
  • Coastside Democrats

Elected Officials (18)

  • April Vargas, Midcoast Community Council, past
  • Jim Harvey, Montara Water & Sanitary District
  • Jim Blanchard, Granada Community Services District
  • Mathew Clark, Granada Community Services District
  • Leonard Woren, Granada Community Services District
  • Ric Lohman, Granada Community Services District
  • Ginny McShane, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Harvey Rarback, Coastside Fire Protection District
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor, district 3
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senate
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1
  • Gina Papan, Millbrae City Council
  • Quentin Kopp, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge (ret); CA State Senate 1986-1998
  • Tom Mattusch, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Gael Erickson, Midcoast Community Council, past
  • Glenn Sylvester, Daly City Council, Candidate
  • Mike Guingona, Daly City Council

Individuals (24)

  • Edmundo Larenas, Candidate for San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Gary Warhaftig
  • Michelle Boyd
  • Peter Dekker
  • Kathy Harvey
  • Ann Forrister
  • Frank Gerrity
  • Donald Sheardown
  • Brent Turner
  • Susan Lee
  • Bruce Purucker
  • Susan Shapira
  • Nancy Dieguez
  • Gregg Dieguez
  • John Lynch
  • Cid Young
  • David Burruto, San Mateo County Democrat Central Committee
  • Barbra Fain Mathewson, Midcoast Community Council, Candidate
  • Barbara Lohman
  • Karen Wilson
  • Michael Rain
  • Kathy Rain
  • Ed Carter
  • Barbara Dye

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Working together we can get a lot done.  We can solve big problems if we put our minds together and stick to it through the difficult passages.  No other community I know has similar outsized accomplishments.  For example, the Tunnel, our water system, along with a number of less known accomplishments like our highly successful, innovate, and inexpensive anti-spill-during-storms efforts.

We've got more to do.  Requirements get stricter over time, and we've been successful at finding and adopting new technology and saving money at the same time.  There's more of that to do.

I've worked very hard to bring recycled water to the Sewer Authority.  It's a smart project, and we are close to being able to build it and finance it with money from the golf courses.  It's a good way to use the water we clean at SAM, it's good for the golf course to have a drought-resistant water supply, and it's good for Pilarcitos Creek to have less fresh-water demand on its sensitive habitat.

Now that our big projects are done and our water system is in tip-top shape, we are entering a new phase to ensure long-term sustainability, a low-turnover workforce, effective management, and cost containment.  I am committed to continue working for you, bringing fresh ideas and hard work to bear for the benefit of our Moss Beach and Montara community.

Videos (1)

— October 7, 2016 Pacific Coast TV

I encourage you to view the MWSD Candidate Forum to hear us in our own words about key issues in this race.  The event was hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Midcoast Community Council.  

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