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Special District

South Bay Irrigation DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 5

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Josie Calderon Scott

Businesswoman/Organization President
5,082 votes (54.93%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain affordable rates for families and businesses based on actual needs and future projections, while recognizing a fair rate for large users. Assure all system improvements are justified and ratepayer funds are spent wisely.
  • Maintain critical infrastructure. Invest in long term maintenance and improvements to ensure a safe and reliable water supply. Repair Sweetwater Dam as mandated by the State, the consequences of a failure are extreme.
  • Lean organization, manage staffing needs to optimize efficiency, and promote a healthy working environment with competent management and employees at competitive salaries and benefits.



About JOSIE:

30 years as a business leader & community advocate in the South County:

  • Decades of community board experience with South County Economic Development Council, South County Chambers of Commerce, San Diego Tax Payers Association, Bonita Optimist, Living Coast Discovery Center, Scripps Mercy Board of Advisors, Live Well San Diego Leadership Team , Community Housing Works, and Mexican American Business & Professional Association


  • Successfully championed $9.9 million in funding for the highly-supported Border to Bayshore Bikeway Trail and $650,000 for the Chollas Creek Trail


Over 25 years of bi-partisan work in an ever-changing water infrastructure market:

  • Facilitated action on critical legislation impacting San Diego’s water reliability

  • Understands complex water safety and reliability issues – helped secure Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) State 401 Certification

  • Highly regarded by policy makers, business leaders, water engineers and contractors


A proven consensus-builder who gets things done:

  • Reached community consensus on the SR-125 alignment - protecting the Sweetwater Regional Park and routing the roadway around Bonita and Sunnyside

  • With Supervisor Greg Cox facilitated $32 million in community enhancements including - $7 million state-of-the-art ballpark, expanded Summit Regional Park Campground and Day Park, improved and extended Sweetwater Valley’s biking, hiking and equestrian trails and signature equestrian bridge 


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Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • National City Mayor Ron Morrison
  • Former Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox
  • Sweetwater Authority Employees Association

Organizations (4)

  • Sweetwater Authority Employees Association
  • Mexican American Business & Professional Association
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Run Women Run

Elected Officials (14)

  • Former Director South Bay Irrigation District Board James Alkire
  • San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
  • Former Director South Bay Irrigation District Board Sue Jarrett
  • Former Director South Bay Irrigation District Board W.D. “Bud” Pocklington
  • Former Director South Bay Irrigation District Board Margaret Welsh
  • Former Director South Bay Irrigation District Board Terry Thomas
  • Director Sweetwater Authority Governing Board Ron Morrison
  • Director Sweetwater Authority Governing Board Jess VanDeventer
  • Former Chula Vista Mayor and Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
  • San Diego County Treasurer Dan McAllister
  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
  • Former State Senator Denise Ducheny
  • Assemblywoman District 79 Shirley Weber
  • Chula Vista Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan

Individuals (11)

  • Former Sweetwater Authority General Manager Al Sorensen
  • Former Sweetwater Authority General Manager Mark Rogers
  • San Diego Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos
  • Southwestern Community College Trustee Humberto Peraza
  • Co-Chair Sweetwater County Planning Group Harriet Taylor
  • Director Bonita Sunnyside Fire Protection District Tom Pocklington
  • Former Director Bonita Sunnyside Fire Protection District Robert “Scott” Scott
  • Former Chula Vista Fire Marshal Carol Gove
  • President Bonita Valley Horsemen Mark Kukuchek
  • Immediate Past President Bonita Optimist Club Tim Jeffries
  • President Bonita Optimist Club Debra Munoz

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Background: California state mandated repairs to Sweetwater Dam


The Sweetwater Authority’s access to ground-water and to water stored in the Sweetwater Reservoir are key to storing, purifying and distributing water to customers in Bonita, Chula Vista and National City.  Water can be stored in the reservoir behind the dam so that it is available to customers. 

Last month, David Gutierrez, Chief of California’s Division of Safety of Dams, traveled here from Sacramento specifically to address the Sweetwater Authority Board of Directors at its September 28 Board meeting in response to the Board’s recent decision not to fund the required dam repairs at this time. 

Mr. Gutierrez said he was concerned about the people who live downstream from the Sweetwater Dam.   “The consequence of a failure is extreme.  We can’t allow that.  We will not allow that.” 

Some Board Members responded by saying they were unaware of the Dam’s unsafe status. 

FACT:  Staff notified its Board of the problem as early as 2013.  It was addressed again this year at three separate Board meetings including staff’s recommendation to fund this through bond financing as an economical method to keep rates low. 

FACT:  On June 8, 2016, four of seven Boardmembers voted to reject staff’s recommendation to include dam repairs as part of a Bond Refinancing plan. 

All Board members who voted “no” knew the dam needed repairs.  The ‘no’ votes assured there would not be a rate increasen during an election year, regardless of the jeopardy in which that decision put its customers.    As Mr. Gutierrez said, “The consequence of a failure is extreme.”

One more thing:  Failing to meet the State’s requirements means that the State will restrict how much water can be stored in the reservoir.  The consequence of buying water from other resources will potentially cost ratepayers millions of dollars in additional operating costs.  How will that be paid for?



Clean, reliable, affordable water is a community issue, not a political issue.

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