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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Board of Directors, Zone 7Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation DistrictJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation DistrictBoard of Directors, Zone 7

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (197/197).

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Sandy Figuers

Ground Water Geologist
24,470 votes (23.71%)Winning
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  • continue providing safe and reliable water to homeowners, businesses and agriculture
  • Continue protecting our groundwater basin
  • Continue strong fiscal oversite
Profession:Groundwater Geologist
Principal Geological Engineer, Norfleet Consultants (1994current)
member, State Board of Mining and Geology — Appointed position (19942000)
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) PhD, Geology, Geophysics, and Civil Engineering (1983)

I was first elected to the Zone 7 Board in 1988.  Since then, the Zone has changed from a small organization to a multi-faceted agency that deals with ever expanding government regulations, demands and cutbacks. Budgets have increased over the past 10 years in response to those factors. There have been growing pains, but the Zone has done a good overall job of financial management.  I am familiar with all facets of Zone 7 operations.  I have spent years learning the history and details of the Zone budgets and reserve funds as well as the driving forces behind them.  

Water reductions appear to be with us for the foreseeable future.  The past year showed that significant water use reductions are possible, but the rapid use drop caused problems with the Zone and the public. I will work with retailers, agriculture, and homeowners to meet their water needs.  I will work to expand our out-of-valley water supplies and find new water sources.

As a groundwater geologist, I understand the technical details and problems facing the valley groundwater basins.  A recent proposal by the gravel mining companies to deepen their quarries by cutting through the sealing clay layer and mine the lower aquifer is troubling.  The lower aquifer is a key part our water supply.  Deep mining could physically damage our water supply, open the lower aquifer to contaminants, and delay completion of the Chain-of-Lakes groundwater recharge system by decades.

Email sfiguers@zone7water.com
Member, Board of Directors, Zone 7
18,011 votes (17.45%)Winning
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  • Safe and Reliable Water Supply to meet the needs of residents and businesses
  • Srong fiscal oversight
  • Increasing Transparency and Communication with the public
Profession:Director, Zone 7 Water Agency
Director, Zone 7 Water Agency — Elected position (2012current)
Chapman University Single Subject Credential, Social Studies (2004)
Saint Mary's College of California Bachelor of Arts, Politics and United States History (1999)
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
  • Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum
  • Pleasanton City Councilmember Arne Olson
  • Pleasanton City Councilmember Jerry Pentin
  • Former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti
  • Dublin City Councilmember Don Biddle
  • East Bay Regional Parks Director Ayn Wieskamp
  • Fomer Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman
  • Former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown
  • DSRSD Director Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold
  • DSRSD Vice President Rich Halket
  • DSRSD Director Maddi Misheloff
  • DSRSD President Pat Howard
  • DSRSD Director Ed Duarte
  • Supervisor Scott Haggerty
  • Dublin Mayor David Haubert
  • Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
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Dick Quigley

Member, Board of Directors, Zone 7
15,756 votes (15.26%)Winning
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Garden Center Owner
13,513 votes (13.09%)
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  • Advocating for residential and agricultural water end users.
  • Demonstrating that we can meet the needs of conserving water while enabling residents to protect their landscape assets, grow their own food and establish water wise plants.
  • Urging Zone 7, our water wholesaler, and all regional water retailers to provide a uniform message for consumers.
Profession:Garden Center Owner
Biology Teacher
12,877 votes (12.48%)
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  • Explore factors that may enhance existing flood control measures and may promote richer and more diverse ecosystems.
  • Explore ways in which Zone 7 may increase water availability from a variety of measures especially those that involve conservation
  • Promote a board perspective that wildlife is valued and that measures will be taken to protect watershed habitat whenever possible.
Profession:High School Advanced Placement Biology Teacher
Advanced Placement Biology Teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District (1985current)
Advanced Placement Biology Teacher, UC Berkeley (2008current)
Educational Technology Teacher, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (19872006)
CSUEB more info: http://www.ethiel4zone7.org/ (current)
CSUEB B.S./M.S., Biology/Educational Technology (2001)

BS in Biology – CSUEB
MS Educational Technology – CSUEB
Biology Instructor 7 Years Foothill High School – Pleasanton
AP Biology & Biology 24 Years Amador Valley High School – Pleasanton
Lawrence Livermore Lab Technology Instructor – Summers 1987 - 2006
UC Berkeley AP Biology Instructor – Summers 2008 – Present
Claes Nobel NSHSS Educator of the Year 2015
PTA Excellence In Education Award 2014
Bank of America Local Hero Award 2010
John Hopkins SDB Fellowship Award 2005
Radio Shack Technology Teacher of the Year Award 2002
National Semi Conductor Internet Innovator Award 2001
Pleasanton Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2001
CTAP Region IV Technology Teacher of the Year Award 1999
Levis Digital Connection Award Winner 1999
California Golden Bell Award Winner - Co Founder Project Creek Watch 1999

  • Cheryl Cook-Kallio: Former Pleasanton City COuncil Member - Candidate for District 16
  • Joan Laursen
  • Valerie Arkin
  • The Pleasanton Weekly News
  • The Independent Newspaper
  • Alameda County Democratic Committee
  • Jill Buck - "Go Green Organization"

Teaching Biology has been my passion. I look forward to going to school everyday so that I might ignite a similar passion for the subject in my students. While enabling my students to better understand challenging biological concepts and preparing them for the demands that await them when entering college is my primary task, I firmly believe that I have a responsibility of using biological lessons to enhance awareness which will hopefully promote good decision making.  Maintaining balance is essential to the success of life at all levels. Anything that disrupts this balance will compromise the “health” of the level of life being explored. I believe that promoting this perspective increases my student’s ability to make good decisions about their own personal health as well as the health of their environment.

             I am deeply concerned about my student’s attitude toward their environment (both external as well as internal) and feel that it is vital that I present content in a way that will promote a sense of stewardship. I hope that when they leave my class they will have developed a sincere level of respect for the intricate and beautiful cycles that help to maintain balanced systems. I want them to realize that they can contribute to or interfere with this life sustaining balance and ultimately their own personal health as well as the health of others.    

Mechanical Engineer
9,674 votes (9.37%)
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  • Develop a clean, reliable and affordable water supply for residents, business, and agriculture
  • Provide sound technical and cost effective management for the estimated $200M of capital equipment purchases over the next 4 years
  • Ensure transparent fiscal management and oversight
Profession:Mechanical Engineer, State of California registered Professional Engineer
Special Projects Leader, National Security Space, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1981current)
University of California Berkeley BA, Zoology (not availa)
San Jose State University BS, Mechanical Engineering (not availa)
Saint Mary’s College Teaching Credential (not availa)
Member, Rotary Club of Livermore Valley (2004current)
Board Member, Rotarian Foundation of Livermore (2014current)
  • Bill Stevens, Zone 7 Director
  • Scott Haggerty, President Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Nate Miley, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Sheriff Ahern, Alameda County
  • Jim McGrail, Zone 7 Director
  • Miranda Mattos, Real Estate Professional with Alain Pinel Realtors
  • Charles Ball
  • Andy and Mary Hicks, Andys Candy
  • Jeff Leuchi, Proforma J.C.L. Print Associates
  • Dr. Jay Davis, President of The Hertz Foundation
  • Robert A Tucknott, CEO & President Tucknott Electric
  • Colonel Peter “Shadow” Ford, Air Combat Command
  • Charles T. Crohare, of Olivina,
Financial Analyst
8,660 votes (8.39%)
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  • Set clear, achievable goals and objectives for the Zone on an annual and long term basis.
  • Establish good budgeting techniques that include achievable revenue and expense assumptions.
  • Diversify water capture and storage options along with cross linkage with other local water districts.
Profession:Senior Financial Analyst
Golden Gate University Master of Business Administration, Accounting (1995)

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