What To Do About Acosta’s Open Water Board Spot

| News | August 22, 2019

Now that Dante Acosta has resigned his seat on the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency Board, the county finds itself in the same situation it found itself in late last year when it appointed Acosta in the first place.

Acosta, a former Santa Clarita City Councilmember and Assemblyman, had been nominated by County Supervisor Kathryn Barger to sit on the board as the county’s representative. He resigned Monday to take a job in El Paso, Texas, with the Small Business Administration.

The seat will no longer exist as of January 1, 2023, the result of Senate Bill 634, which created the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency. The law requires the number of directors to be cut from its current 14 to nine all-elected positions. Current board Vice President Maria Gutzeit said the board is trying to downsize now. President Bill Cooper and member Lynne Plambeck said in December that they would like the seat eliminated.

“It’s largely up to Kathryn Barger and the country supervisors,” Gutzeit said. “They can choose to select someone or leave it unfilled.”

Barger spokesman Tony Bell emailed to say the position would be filled.


“We are looking at a number of qualified candidates and expect to notify the Board with a decision as soon as possible,” Bell said.

Stacy Fortner, a former Castaic Lake Water Agency board candidate, said she’s interested in the position, which represents between 900 and 1,000 customers in Castaic and Val Verde. She added that she spoke to Barger’s Santa Clarita field representative, Stephanie English, on Monday in the district office about the seat and other available positions.

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