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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Montecito Water DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Charles A. Newman

Appointed Incumbent
2,556 votos (25.62%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Adding recycled water to the water portfolio of Montecito Water District for much needed irrigation of customers' landscapes
  • Rebuilding the trust of customers through more openness and dialogue; more public outreach and engagement; and improving customer communications.
  • Commencing a long-range planning process with community involvement

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Director, Montecito Water District
Director, Montecito Water District (2015–current)
Director, Montecito Water District — Cargo designado (2015–current)
Partner, Dentons US LLP (2009–2014)
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP (1997–2009)
Partner, Thompson Coburn (1978–1997)
Member, Governor's Task Force on Insurance & Labor Relations — Cargo designado (1992–1993)

Educación

Washington University in St., Louis Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (1973)
University of California Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1970)

Biografía

Charles Newman, a native Southern Californian, earned his B.A. from U.C.S.B. (with high honors).  He attended Washington University School of Law, where he was the law review's Articles Editor.  In his distinguished practice at large law firms, Charles specialized in the defense of complex, class action cases.  Before coming to Montecito he served as an officer and director of many civic organizations and not-for-profit charities.

In 2008 Charles and Betsy chose Montecito to be their new home because of its beautiful environment and strong sense of community.  They especially love hosting the visits of their children and grandchildren.  Charles enjoys seemingly endless home repairs, biking, hiking, beach walks and music. Betsy and Charles are involved in many charities including Storyteller, where family and friends celebrated his 65th birthday by building a play structure. (Santa Barbara News-Press, Sunday, June 22, 2014 p.1).  He is an active member of the Montecito Association, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Photo Futures, UCSB’s Capps & Taubman Centers, Montecito Family YMCA, and Community Environmental Council.

In July, 2015, Charles was honored to be appointed to the Montecito Water Board by the unanimous vote of its directors.  He has served on the Recycled Water (Chair), Finance, Water Supply, Legal and Public Information (Chair) Committees. 

During his brief tenure, Charles is leading the District's efforts to explore adding recycled water to MWD's water supply portfolio and working to secure water beyond 2020.  Additionally, he is negotiating with the City to buy desalinated water.  Most importantly, Charles is working to establish trust and transparency with customers and is the leading advocate for developing a long-range, strategic plan with community input so that customers of MWD never find 

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Featured Endorsements

  • Aaron (Beno) Budgor
  • Vicki Riskin
  • Joan Wells

Organizaciónes (3)

  • Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter
  • Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
  • Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County

Individuos (85)

  • Keith Berwick
  • Diane Zipperstein
  • Tobin White
  • Becky Alberts
  • Monica Babich
  • Jill Bishop
  • John C. Bishop Jr.
  • Darlene Beirig
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  • Keith Berwick
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  • John Mike Cohen
  • Marcia Cohen
  • Glen Cooper
  • Ann Daniel
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  • Jane Eagleton
  • Michael Edwards
  • Dan Eidelson
  • Jeff Farrell
  • Rick Feldman
  • Sasa Feldman
  • Jill Finstein
  • Deborah Fuss
  • Stuart Fuss
  • Tish Gainey
  • Cliff Ghersen
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  • Theresa Grumet
  • Valerie Harrison
  • Carol Hawkins
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  • Nancy Kogevinas
  • Dan Kolo
  • Carolee Krieger
  • Dave Krieger
  • Beryl Kreisel
  • Niel Kreisel
  • Bob Kupiec
  • Vivienne Leebosh
  • Sascha Liebowitz
  • Robert Lieff
  • Gary Linker
  • Carol MacElhenny
  • Mike Mankowski
  • Robert Marshall
  • Siri Marshall
  • Mike McCarthy
  • Andrea Miller
  • Karen Millman
  • Rassa Montaser
  • Helga A. Morris
  • Charlene Nagel
  • Warner Owens
  • Arman Parisi
  • Larry Pearson
  • David W. Rintels
  • Jerry Rocco
  • Joan Rocco
  • Sybiil Rosen
  • Arnie Schaeffer
  • Diane Schaeffer
  • Tom Schleck
  • Margie Schneider
  • Jeff Schlossberg
  • Carola Smith
  • Guy Smith
  • Anne Sprecher
  • John Steed
  • Paul Suding
  • Dan Sweeney
  • Mara Sweeney
  • Tim Babich
  • Mike Taigman
  • Ralph Thomas
  • Bob Turbin
  • Carol Vernon
  • Ken Waxman
  • Shirley Waxman
  • Melissa White
  • Brynn Wolf
  • Step Wolf
  • Steve Zipperstein

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Charles Newman is unquestionably well-qualified to continue his service on the MWD Board.  

Besides his invaluable experience and significant accomplishments as a director  and building rapport with other MWD directors and staff,  Charles' legal background, years of community service and commitment to MWD all warrant his election.  Some highlights of his qualifications include:

• Spending ~110 hours each month working for MWD's customers

• Serving on six committees of MWD: Finance, Legal, Public Information,  Recycled Water, Search and  Water Supply

• Chairing two committees--Public Information and Recycled Water

•Developing relationships with and attending meetings of the: City of Santa Barbara's City Council and Water Commission, Goleta Sanitary District, Goleta Water District and Montecito Sanitary District

• Attending meetings of the Santa Barbara Association of Special Districts

• Participating in the Community Environmental Council

• Speaking at UCSB's Central Coast Sustainability Summit--October, 2016

Charles' Accomplishments at MWD 

Since July 2015, Charles Newman has been able to build a consensus with a majority of  MWD Board to adopt all of these initiatives that he sponsored:

• Created the Recycled Water committee to explore the feasibility of bringing recycled water to customers for irrigating landscaping

• Retained a highly-regarded Ph.D. economist, who has been involved in many desalination deals in California, as MWD's financial advisor for the negotiations with the City of Santa Barbara 

• Issued refunds automatically to customers overcharged in December

• Promoted MWD's first ever participation in Earth Day 2016

• Obtained a permit and fee waiver from the County for grey water systems

• Hired a search firm to replace the retiring General Manger

• Established the position of Public Information Coordinator to increase and to improve customer communications and engagement

In just over a year since his appointment, Charles has lead or actively participated in MWD's following critical efforts:  

Improved Water Supply 

• Chairing the  Recycled Water Committee's efforts and working collaboratively with the Montecito Sanitary District, Goleta Water District and Goleta Sanitary District to supply more needed water to MWD's customers for landscape irrigation.

• Purchasing sufficient water to last customers through March of 2020

• Negotiating to reach agreement to buy desalinated d water from Santa Barbara

•Advocating for long-term water supplies and planning

Rebuilding trust and greater accountability to customers 

• Advocating  for transparency--providing more information more often to customers

• Developed simpler and quicker financial reporting

• Enhancing MWD's website and providing more relevant content

• Moving board meetings to a customer-friendly location

• Expanding public outreach with semi-annual evening meetings

• Actively participating in the Montecito Association and its Water Committee's meetings

Charles is the "Outsider on the Inside"

Charles Newman has a record of questioning the status quo at MWD, examining its past practices to  ensure that they are today's best practices.  He has proposed innovative and creative approaches aimed at solving MWD's many problems.  

He is an independent thinker, unbiased and unconstrained by MWD's past.  Charles is viewed by many as a creative "outsider on the inside", an innovator.  He's also been able to affect change by establishing  his credibility with other board members and building a consensus with them to adopt needed reforms.

The Montecito Journal has recognized some of Newman's accomplishments: "This [belated, but vitally needed policy change [Charles' proposal to appoint a Strategic Planning Committee] should be widely applauded". Montecito Journal,  Jan. 14-21, 2016 at p.5.  Likewise it wrote: "Newman has brought new energy to a board that has been slow to adopt to the demands of an extended drought.  He has taken on challenging roles..." Montecito Journal, Aug. 18-25, 2016 at p.8.  

 

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Qualifications of Charles Newman

Summary

Charles Newman is unquestionably well-qualified to continue his service on the MWD Board.  Besides his invaluable experience and significant accomplishments as a director  and building rapport with other MWD directors and staff,  Charles' legal background, years of community service and commitment to MWD all warrant his election.  

Some highlights of the qualifications of Charles Newman include:

• Spending ~110 hours each month working for MWD's customers

• Serving on six committees of MWD: Finance, Legal, Public Information,  Recycled Water, Search and  Water Supply

• Chairing two committees--Public Information and Recycled Water

•Developing relationships with and attending meetings of the: City of Santa Barbara's City Council and Water Commission, Goleta Sanitary District, Goleta Water District and Montecito Sanitary District

• Attending meetings of the Santa Barbara Association of Special Districts

• Participating in the Community Environmental Council

• Speaking at UCSB's Central Coast Sustainability Summit--October, 2016

 

Charles Newman's Accomplishments at Montecito Water District

Summary

Since July 2015, Charles Newman has been able to build a consensus with a majority of  MWD Board to adopt seven of eight initiatives that he sponsored.

In just over a year since his appointment, Charles has lead or actively participated in MWD's following critical efforts:  

Improved Water Supply 

• Chairing the  Recycled Water Committee's efforts and working collaboratively with the Montecito Sanitary District, Goleta Water District and Goleta Sanitary District to supply more needed water to MWD's customers for landscape irrigation.

• Purchasing sufficient water to last customers through March of 2020

• Negotiating to reach agreement to buy desalinated d water from Santa Barbara

•Advocating for long-term water supplies and planning

Rebuilding trust and greater accountability to customers 

• Advocating  for transparency--providing more information more often to customers

• Developed simpler and quicker financial reporting

• Enhancing MWD's website and providing more relevant content

• Moving board meetings to a customer-friendly location

• Expanding public outreach with semi-annual evening meetings

• Actively participating in the Montecito Association and its Water Committee's meetings

 

Charles Newman Is An Independent Thinker

Summary

Charles Newman has a record of questioning the status quo at MWD, examining its past practices to  ensure that they are today's best practices.  He has proposed innovative and creative approaches aimed at solving MWD's many problems.  

Newman is an independent thinker, unbiased and unconstrained by MWD's past.  Charles is viewed by many as a creative "outsider on the inside", an innovator.  He's also been able to affect change by establishing  his credibility with other board members and building a consensus with them to adopt needed reforms.

The Montecito Journal has recognized some of Newman's accomplishments: "This [belated, but vitally needed policy change [Charles' proposal to appoint a Strategic Planning Committee] should be widely applauded". Montecito Journal,  Jan. 14-21, 2016 at p.5.  Likewise it wrote: "Newman has brought new energy to a board that has been slow to adopt to the demands of an extended drought.  He has taken on challenging roles..." Montecito Journal, Aug. 18-25, 2016 at p.8.  

 

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