I’m going to provide a quick roundup of endorsements because it’s a little more than a week before the elections and I think that the time is right.
Los Osos Community Services District: Karen Venditti and Alon Perlman
For 11 years, Karen Venditti has shown solid experience in financial management starting as a sales consultant with large, well-known organizations and retired after working at Washington Mutual, where she served as a loan officer and financial representative. Only recently has she served on the Los Osos Technical Advisory Committee, providing much-needed input for the community regarding what could be a very pricey wastewater project that will affect people who live in the Prohibition Zone. Despite claims that Venditti has “strong ties” to people like Gail McPherson and the CSD5 board, what she has done in the past and the issues that she has stood for has shown no particular bias or agenda to accomodate or condone the previous board’s missteps. She has gone beyond the community volunteer role and has demonstrated fair leadership that the community desperately needs.
As a Clinical Microbiologist and researcher of infectious diseases, Alon Perlman has shown to have extensive knowledge about the environment and has demonstrated as member of the Emergency Services and Environmental (’06-’07) LOCSD committees that he is well-versed in not only environmental issues but administrative affairs as well. Perlman is fiercely independent and has often provided sound advice to the LOCSD enough to show a very deep, thorough comprehension of what it takes to be a CSD director. Perlman was the second candidate (Venditti the first) to have been endorsed by the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, which is something that I pay close attention to.