Rarely is an electoral choice more clear. As the Indian Wells Valley moves closer to its first big deadline under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, clear-headed, scientifically-based understanding of our water basin and sustainability issues have never been more important. And one candidate brings an impeccable pedigree in this area to the upcoming election. David Saint-Amand is the resoundingly obvious choice for the IWV Water District Board.
Saint-Amand is the youngest child of the legendary Dr. Pierre Saint-Amand, the world-renowned geologist and geophysicist who probably knew more about our basin than anyone in history. David Saint-Amand has a background in geology and hydrology and worked as a geologic consultant with his father. He is, by far, the most scientifically qualified candidate in an area where science counts. Achieving sustainability in the local basin is a scientific problem and the board would obviously benefit immensely from Saint-Amand’s background and experience.
Saint-Amand also has a long history of community involvement. He is a long-time Rotarian and past president as well as past Grand Footprinters Director. Saint-Amand has repeatedly said publicly that he is running for the water board not only to serve the community, but because he wants to use his scientific knowledge to help the community meet the deadlines of SGMA and comply with the state mandates without being distracted by ideas that are not scientifically sound.
The Daily Independent gives David Saint-Amand its strongest endorsement for the IWV Water Board.
Brown, Griffin bring experience to the table
For the second seat, the Daily Independent is admittedly split. We recommend either of the two incumbents already serving on the board. Peter Brown and Chuck Griffin are two different board members with very different personalities. Brown can be blunt and humorous, but is sharp as nails when it comes to getting things done—particularly in dealing with the folks in Sacramento. He brings a long, long history of service to the board during a time when every bit of knowledge helps.
Griffin is a relative newcomer by comparison, but he too brings the experience of an incumbent combined with the willingness to play the opposing party if necessary. Griffin strives to be accessible to ratepayers and listens to their concerns and is willing to voice an unpopular view if that is what he thinks the public wants.
In both cases, the candidates’ commitment to the community is obvious and both bring experience and knowledge to the task. Either would make a fine and effective choice. The Daily Independent endorses either Peter Brown or Chuck Griffin for the IWV Water Board’s second seat.