2018 Candidate Endorsements

Your vote matters! Many local elections come down to just a few votes. We need you to elect leaders that are accountable to the community and willing to push for lasting solutions to our local community water needs.

Back row:  Vanessa Michel (CWCAF Staff), Yolanda Flores, Linda Guttiérrez, Mike Villarreal, Christopher Kemper, Karina Gallardo (CWCAF Staff), Arturo Rodríguez   Front row:  Daniel Peñaloza, Rubén Paniagua, Adriana Renteria (CWCAF Staff)

Back row: Vanessa Michel (CWCAF Staff), Yolanda Flores, Linda Guttiérrez, Mike Villarreal, Christopher Kemper, Karina Gallardo (CWCAF Staff), Arturo Rodríguez

Front row: Daniel Peñaloza, Rubén Paniagua, Adriana Renteria (CWCAF Staff)

 
 

Arturo Rodriguez

Yolanda Flores,
Candidate for Lindsay City Council

Yolanda Flores

Transparency & Accountability: After interpreting for a community member who was being charged for two water meters when she only had one, Yolanda Flores worked with a group of concerned citizens persistently asking questions of the council’s financial records. This effort led to a Grand Jury Investigation that ultimately held their leaders accountable and led to the resignation of the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager and Finance Director. As a citizen, transparency is very important to Yolanda and she intends to carry and uphold these same values into her role as a city councilmember.

Dedicated Public Service: Yolanda Flores has lived in Lindsay all her life and is running in this election because she is committed to dedicating herself as a public servant to the community. Whether it be supporting members of her community fill out immigration papers, interpreting, or connecting folks to resources, Yolanda is the type of person that members of her community can count on for support.

Active Leadership: Yolanda Flores is always asking questions and seeking answers to problems that arise in her community, especially related to water. She has always helped her community and has always spoken for those that did not feel comfortable speaking for themselves. As a city councilmember, she is committed to ensuring community members know that their voice does matter and that it is necessary in enacting a vision for a better Lindsay.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Daniel Peñaloza,
Candidate for Porterville City Council - District 1

Daniel Penaloza

Real Solutions: Daniel Peñaloza worked with many other residents and partners to organize community residents in East Porterville when the drought impacted hundreds of families’ access to water. It was through these community organizing efforts that word about emergency water supplies were widely shared and that many East Porterville families where able to be connected with the city of Porterville.

Rooted with Community:  Daniel Peñaloza is passionate about truly listening to the needs of his community and having their concerns inform his work. His perspective on being part of the Porterville City Council is a community based approach where he is interested in listening and receiving feedback from everyone in the district-- not just voters.

Leadership: Daniel Penaloza is willing to take a stand for the issues that are affecting his community. Daniel has been a community organizer for over four years for CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Tulare Chapter. In this role, he has civically engaged his community by connecting local concerns with opportunities for community members to use their voice and their action to enact change. His many years on the Animal Control Commission of Porterville have given him experience with board protocols and procedures. Both of these roles have prepared Daniel to be able to work towards creating a strong bridge of communication and leadership between the people and city hall.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Christopher Kemper

Candidate for the Yettem/Seville Community Services District

Chris Kemper

Experience: Christopher Kemper has worked in education for over 36 years, and seen first hand the importance of having safe, reliable water for children. Through his work he has developed deep respect for his community and proven himself to be an effective community leader.

Commitment: Christopher Kemper believes children’s health is important and is committed to ensuring safe and affordable water for all. He recognizes that a commitment to the water board is very important and he is excited to work with his community to bring safe and affordable water to everyone in Seville and Yettem.

Trust: Christopher has the governance skills necessary for working with a board to ensure transparency, accountability, and trust are built and maintained.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Mike Villarreal

Candidate for the Yettem/Seville Community Services District

Mike Villarreal

Rooted: Mike Villarreal is the 6th generation of his family that were born and raised in Seville. Mike is passionate about working to set the stage to ensure that future generations of Seville residents will be able live comfortably and have clean water.

Accessible: As a lead technician at his job, Mike Villarreal oversees a lot of equipment and always finds a way to manage the moving pieces. He has a technical background in pumps and machinery and the rest of his team feels comfortable asking him questions about the complicated equipment. As a board member, Mike Villarreal hopes to use these skills to be able to explain technical water information to community residents in an understandable way.

Committed: For most of his life his community has always faced water issues so Mike understands the frustration felt by many in his community. Mike is a lifelong, active member of his community and is always taking the initiative to help. Mike Villarreal has been an active participant in the meetings for the Seville/Yettem water project being led by Tulare County. As a water board member, he is committed to ensuring that long term sustainable solutions are developed in a way that is transparent to the community.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Linda Guttierrez

Candidate for the Yettem/Seville Community Services District

Linda Guttierrez

Community: Linda Guttierrez’s family has lived in Seville since 1938. As a lifelong Seville resident, Linda is committed to being of service to her community and helping her community improve.

Governance: Through her experience being on the Delta Vector Control District board and a long time member of the nonprofit, Visalia Smooth Dancers, Linda is familiar with board procedures and open meeting guidelines. Linda hopes to use this experience in her role as a water board member to ensure that the board can meet its legal requirements and so that community members can be regularly informed of board meetings and other opportunities to give comment.

Stewardship: In Linda’s current job, she is responsible for managing projects and their respective paperwork from start to finish. Through this experience, Linda knows the importance of paying attention to details, keeping track of records, and asking the necessary questions to move a project forward. Linda hopes to use these skills to ensure that the water board is keeping a clear financial record and that active steps are being taken to pursue long term sustainable solutions.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Ruben Paniagua

Candidate for the Richgrove Community Services District

Ruben Paniagua

Community Engagement: Ruben is running in this election because he is committed to transparency and he wants to ensure the community is involved in decisions that affect the community as a whole. Ruben Paniagua intends to strengthen the bridge between the water board and his community.

Fostering Health: As an educator who’s worked for multiple school districts, Ruben Paniagua has a personal connection to the community of Richgrove and the health of families in his community is important to him. Ruben believes that community members need to know the quality of their water, where their water comes from and if there are ways to improve the quality. Aside from annual Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs), Ruben is committed to addressing community concerns year-round.

Trust & Accountability: Ruben is committed to hold his other water board members accountable with the decisions that are made and would like the opportunity to be the active voice willing to ask the questions necessary to move the community forward. As a board member, he is committed to building and sustaining a transparent relationship of trust with his community where they can voice their concerns and ask questions.

 

Arturo Rodriguez

Arturo Rodriguez

Candidate for the Poplar Community Services District

Arturo Rodriguez

Community Engagement: Arturo Rodriguez is passionate about helping others and he is not afraid to speak up for what is right. Arturo is running in this election because he wants to create an environment where his community feels comfortable engaging with local government.

Experience: As an incumbent, Arturo has experience being on the Poplar Community Services District Board that help him continue moving Poplar forward. He is familiar with open meeting rules and regulations and is committed to ensuring residents can voice their opinions during Poplar board meetings.

Active Leadership: Arturo visits Sacramento frequently to ensure that our legislatures know about the realities of communities like Poplar who are struggling with unsafe and unaffordable water. As a board member, Arturo proposed and passed a resolution in support of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, a bill that would ensure that communities like Poplar have access to operations and maintenance funds needed to provide safe and affordable water.  Arturo believes our communities cannot be forgotten anymore so he continues to uplift the stories of Poplar and of other valley communities as well.