Incumbents ruled the roost—for the most part—in Tuesday’s election for the Rancho California Water District Board of Directors.
The mail-ballot election closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, garnering a 65,444 voter turnout among eligible voters in the Rancho California Water District and Idyllwild Fire Protection District.
There were five seats available on the seven-person board of directors, with four of those for four-year terms and one for a two-year term.
Voters were also able to cast their ballots in person at the Registrar’s Office in Riverside through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Of 28, 507 votes cast in the Rancho California Water District election,
incumbent Stephen J. Corona received the most votes at 16.62 percent or
4,737. Among his fellow incumbents, Ben R. Drake garnered 14.53 percent
(4,143); William E. Plummer, 14.47 percent (4,124); and John E.
Hoagland, 14.36 percent or 4,074 votes.
This foiled an attempt by union employees to oust the incumbents, The Press-Enterprise reported Tuesday.
the challengers, Larry Libeu received 2,736 or 9.6 percent of votes;
James R. Fredette, 2,595 or 9.10 percent; Kory R. Roberts, 1,760 or 6.17
percent; Everton B. Cope III 1,585 or 5.56 percent; Franco Vessia 1,511
or 5.30 percent; and John T. Reddick, 1,222 or 4.29 percent.
election also included two candidates for a short-term, two-year seat
on the board. On that front, challenger Roger C. Ziemer defeated
incumbent Roland Skumawitz. Ziemer received 54.78 percent of 6,603 votes
cast, while Skumawitz was favored by 45.22 percent of voters.
California Water District serves the City of Temecula as well as
portions of Murrieta that include Bear Creek and Copper Canyon, a
portion of The Colony, businesses in the Target Shopping Center on
California Oaks Road and nearby apartment complexes, RCWD spokeswoman
Meggan Valencia previously told Patch.
such as La Cresta, De Luz, and Temecula Wine Country also receive their
water from Rancho California Water District, according to Valencia.
The board has its work cut out for it in the coming weeks.
Tuesday’s Temecula City Council meeting, a woman representing 1,500
residents of Temeku Hills, spoke regarding the community’s concerns
about the billing cycle used by the water district.
of those residents, Carol Malin questioned why the billing cycles run
28 days some months, while others are for 33 or 35 days, resulting in
customers being charged at a higher rate for the extra days, she said.
said she has contacted the California Public Utilities Commission, but was told
the water district is a privately-governed entity. She asked City
Council who provided oversight.
Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar
encouraged City Manager Aaron Adams to arrange a meeting with Rancho
California Water District to address the community’s concerns.
election results have been certified and submitted to the Riverside
County Board of Supervisors, according to a news
release. By law, a request for a recount must be filed with the
Registrar of Voters office within five days after election results are
“In this instance, the deadline to request a
recount is Tuesday (Sept. 3) because of the Labor Day holiday,” stated
Registrar Kari Verjil. “The cost of a recount is paid for by the