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Special District

Otay Water DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 5

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Mark Robak

Member, Otay Water District Board of Directors
8,887 votes (56.91%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue my efforts to make Otay Water District more efficient and slow rate increases
  • Consolidate with other water districts to achive better economies of scale
  • Institute a flat rate for water rates



Profession:Commercial Real Estate Broker
Board of Directors, Otay Water District — Elected position (2004–current)
Board of Directors, Padre Dam Municipal Water District — Elected position (1996–2000)


Cuyamaca College Operations Training, Water & Wastewater Technology Program (2010)
San Diego State Universityt Bachelor of Arts , Poltical Science / Public Administration (1987)



2005 - Present      Otay Water District                                                           Spring Valley, CA


Board Member, Former Vice-President & Treasurer


  • Oversee a public agency with $100M annual budget, providing water and sewer and recycled water to 211,000 customers in a 126 square mile service area.  Represent all of the District sewer ratepayers.

  • Former Chair of Finance and Administration Committee.  Provide guidance to finance department staff for annual budget cycle and instrumental in Board audits of District finances.

  • Former Chair of Engineering Committee.  Fully engaged in oversight of key District CIP projects.

  • Chief advocate at Board level for continuing development of District strategic plan and benchmarking study, including advocating for peer review as presented by AWWA.

  • Instrumental in securing a feasibility study to bring recycled water to northern service area of the District.  Public speaking on expansion of recycling water to the media, including local television.

  • Represented District to Water Reuse Association, attending local, state and national level conferences.


    2005 - 2011           San Diego Metro Wastewater Joint Powers Authority      San Diego, CA

    Chairman (2009), Board Member


  • Oversaw a joint-powers authority comprised of 15 other cities and districts that pay for 35% of the upkeep and capital costs of the City of San Diego’s regional wastewater facilities, with 2.2 million customers in a 450 square mile service area, treating 180 million gallons a day.

  • Alternate Member of the Independent Rates Oversight Committee (IROC) for City of San Diego.

  • Former member of the Finance Committee, that reviewed and advised on City of San Diego Bond offerings affecting Municipal and Metro systems (approx. $1.2B placed - May 2009)

  • Former head of Strategic Ad-Hoc Committee charged with shaping vision and mission for the organization, along with a plan to achieve those goals.

  • Assisted in development of a communications plan and design of organization website.

  • Participant in American Assembly II process in 2005 that endorsed Indirect Potable Reuse.


    2005 -2011            Water Conservation Garden                                              El Cajon, CA

    President (2006 - 2009), Board Member


  • Oversaw a joint-powers authority comprised of six public agencies creating an award winning five acre display area that showcases water conservation to the general public and landscaping professionals.

  • Spurred formation and recruitment of Board Members that led to creation of Friends of the Garden foundation to assist in fundraising for the operation of the facility.  This has become the management structure for the Garden effective January 2011.

  • Instrumental in starting a program to train landscaping industry personnel in water-wise landscaping care and irrigation.

  • Key in development of a new Water-Wise AA Degree program in conjunction with Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College.  Program to be a model for junior colleges throughout the state.

  • Garden was named #2 of top 10 western gardens in the United States by Sunset Magazine (May 2009).


    1996 - 2001           Padre Dam Municipal Water District                                 Santee, CA

    President, Treasurer, Board Member


  • Oversaw public agency with $40M annual budget, providing water, sewer and recycled water to 135,000 customers in an 85 square mile area. 

  • While President of the Board the Board (1998), championed a Competitive Challenge program that was instituted comparing the agency to best management practices of the private sector.  Has saved Padre Dam ratepayers $1,800,000 annually to date.

  • Represented Santee Lakes area and helped develop a Master Plan for 190-acre Santee Lakes Park & Campground, allowing it to become self-supporting and enhance recreational benefits for the community.

  • Assisted in negotiations with employee bargaining unit in securing a new labor agreement.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Duncan Hunter - United States Congress
  • Joel Anderson - State Senator
  • Brian Jones - State Assembly

Organizations (1)

  • Republican Party of San Diego County

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Ratepayers would like water delivered safely, reliably and at the lowest possible price. Those are my objectives.

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