Our choice in this race is Schmidt, a Mountain View resident who promises to cut costs and step up mercury reduction in local waterways. Schmidt's cost-cutting focus centers on the $260 per meeting stipend now paid to board members, and he also promises to look at other areas, like superfluous dredging of local waterways. Schmidt has lived in the area for nearly 15 years and has served on the district's performance audit and environmental advisory committees.
Becker, who is not seeking reelection after serving 12 years on the Los Altos City Council, also spent 10 years on the Santa Clara Valley Water Commission, which advises the district.
Either candidate would be a good choice, but we prefer Schmidt's promise to cut the board members' stipend and his knowledge of environmental issues facing the district.
Vote for Brian Schmidt for the Santa Clara Water District's District 7 seat.