Oro Loma Sanitary District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, each elected to a four-year term. The election is at-large and non-partisan.
District elections are held every two years in November on even-numbered years. Elections are consolidated with the statewide election. Each Board Member is elected for a four-year term. Terms are staggered, with two terms expiring in one even-numbered year, and three terms expiring the following even-numbered year. Three District terms expire in 2022 and two expire in 2024.
Candidates for the Sanitary Board must be registered voters and must reside within the boundaries of Oro Loma Sanitary District. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is the Election Officer for the District and conducts the election. The next election will be held in November 2022. Nomination papers may be obtained from and election questions directed to:
Registrar of Voters Office
1225 Fallon St., Rm. G-1
Oakland, CA 94612-4283
The Directors invite the public to attend Board meetings and Board Committee meetings.
At this time, all meetings are held via teleconference, as allowed by the State of California Executive Order N-25-20. Members of the public wishing to attend are invited to do so by accessing the Zoom link included in the publicly posted agendas. Board meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Board Committee meetings are held once a month, on various dates and at various times.
A tentative listing of dates and times is available here.
Regular meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54954.2 (a)(1) and Gov’t. Code Section 54956 (a). Meeting minutes are posted after they are approved at the next scheduled Board meeting.
The Board of Directors is required to complete annual Ethics Training per Assembly Bill 1234.
Board of Directors’ 2019 Ethics AB 1234 Training Certificates
Fred Simon, President
Term Expires 2026
Chairperson of Operations Committee, Member of Finance & Insurance Committee, and Representative (Commissioner) on the East Bay Dischargers Authority (EBDA)
Mr. Simon is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California, with over 25 years water civil engineering experience in the Bay Area, having worked at the East Bay Municipal Utility District and currently working at the Contra Costa Water District. He is a City of San Leandro Councilmember and resident of the Heron Bay Community. Mr. Simon was elected to the Board in November 2018.
Shelia Young, Vice-President
Term Expires 2026
Chairperson of Construction Committee, Member of Solid Waste Committee, Representative to Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Executive Board Member on Alameda County Special Districts Association, and Alternate on East Bay Dischargers Authority (EBDA).
Ms. Young is currently a business/environmental consultant who owned her own business for 30 years prior to service as Mayor of the City of San Leandro, named Mayor Emeritus in 2008. Ms. Young was elected to the Oro Loma Board in 2014, and re-elected in 2018.
Benny Lee, Secretary
Term Expires 2024
Chairperson of Finance & Insurance Committee, Member of Personnel/Safety/Public Information Committee and Representative on Alameda County Special Districts Association.
Mr. Lee is a financial systems and information technology professional and has a BS in Business Administration. He is active in numerous local community organizations, cultural groups, and civic boards. He served as a member of the San Leandro City Council from 2012-2020.
Rita Duncan, Director
Term Expires 2026
Chairperson of Solid Waste Committee, Member of Construction Committee, Alternate on the Alameda County Special Districts Association, and Vice-Chair Federal Legislative Committee of California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA)
Ms. Duncan, recently retired, was the Director of Human Resources at a Bay Area manufacturing company. She was also formerly the Director of the Math, Engineering, Achievement, and Education Outreach Program for the Stanford School of Engineering. Ms. Duncan was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2016, elected to the Board in November 2016, and re-elected in 2018.
Paul Stelzmann, Director
Term Expires 2024
Chairperson of Personnel/Safety/Public Information Committee and Member of Operations Committee
Mr. Stelzmann has an extensive background in water treatment plant operations and has degrees in biology and chemistry. His responsibilities as Senior Water Treatment Operator include ensuring safe and efficient plant operations, compliance with state and federal regulations, and training operators.
- California Form 806, “Agency Report of Public Official Appointments”
- Certificate of Attendance, AB 1234 Ethics Training
Reimbursement and Compensation Policy
- Compensation, Travel and Meetings, Benefits, and Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Procedures for Members of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors makes all policy determinations through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions, and has final authority in the implementation of these policies. The Board determines how the District will obtain and spend funds, and reviews and approves the District’s Operating and Capital Budget. The Board also appoints the General Manager and Legal Counsel, as well as the members of the District’s five standing committees.
As a part of its policy foundation, the Board and staff collaborated to establish the following Ten-Year Vision for the District.
Ten-Year Vision of Oro Loma Sanitary District
Safety is paramount.
We will maintain a safety program, safety culture, safe work habits and safe work record to reflect our practice of proactive risk identification and mitigation, and commitment to safely completing our work.
Our staff remains our key asset.
Despite anticipated attrition, we will practice deliberate knowledge transfer, keep the selection of extraordinary team players as our norm, foster an environment to promote professional development, and offer an appropriate compensation package.
Shaping and responding to new regulation gives us a competitive advantage.
We will perform sound planning, engage with the regulatory community, and innovate as we select on optimal response to significant emerging regulations.
Not all new technologies are worth our investment.
We will scrutinize available technologies and implement only those that increase our standard for operational resiliency while meeting our high standards for investment of public funds.
Measured risk taking is a part of sound management.
We will continue to take prudent business risks that improve the District’s ability to respond to future challenges while maintaining our fiscal strength.
The public expects us to manage with the long term in mind.
We will maintain a comprehensive understanding of our service and infrastructure needs and provide proper funding to manage their ongoing renewal.
Proactive communication is essential to providing the best service.
We will identify issues of public concern and communicate our approach to addressing these issues well in advance of any requirement for significant immediate action.
Excellence over average performance.
We will set the standard for operational resiliency, regulatory compliance, and cost efficient operations among sanitary agencies in the State.