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BOARD MEETINGS

Regular Board meetings are scheduled

on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

at 7:00 p.m. in the Boardroom at District Headquarters

Important Links:

AGENDA

for the next Board Meeting

(usually available 6 days before each Board meeting)

BOARD PACKET

most current complete packet

   

Committee Meeting Notice

for the next Board meeting

(Usually available 10 days before each Board meeting)

Special Board Workshops and other Meeting Notices

Information about Board Meetings may be obtained by calling
(510) 477-7503

District Headquarters:
5072 Benson Road
Union City, CA 94587-2508
Map

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Contacting the Board

Contact the Board by email at
BOD@unionsanitary.ca.gov,
or individually as follows:
 
Manny Fernandez
Tom Handley
Pat Kite
Anjali Lathi
Jennifer Toy

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Board Meeting Packets from the last 12 months are available below.

2013

Board Committees

The Board of Directors has six committees that meet periodically to review detailed information about items that appear on the following week's Board Agenda. Committees consist of no more than two members and cannot take action, but can only make recommendations to the full Board at a Board Meeting. The Committees include: Budget & Finance; Construction; Legal/Community Affairs; Legislative; Personnel and Audit.

Public Records Requests

All records requests will be fulfilled in accordance with California Code Section 6250 et seq. USD's goal is to provide you with timely access to public information. We will respond to requests for information as quickly as possible. You may request public records by telephone, in person, via mail, by email or by facsimile, although we prefer that you email us HERE.  Most of our responses will be within ten calendar days of your initial request for records. However, some requests may take longer, such as requests for documents which involve interdepartmental coordination, extensive research, retrieval of records from off-site storage, or the compilation of voluminous records.

FPPC Form 806

effective July 1, 2013

is posted here in accordance with
FPPC Regulation 18705.5.

District Ward Boundaries and Representatives

District Representatives are:

Ward 1 - Manny Fernandez

Ward 2 - Pat Kite

Ward 3 - Tom Handley, Anjali Lathi, Jennifer Toy

(Note that all representatives in Ward 3 are elected "at large" and are not from specific parts of the City of Fremont.)

The Ward Map is here.

HOW YOUR BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED

  • Board Members are elected to four-year terms.
  • Members from Ward 1 and 2, and one Member of Ward 3, are up for election in 2016, 2020, and every four years thereafter.
  • One Member from Ward 3 is up for election in 2016 and two Members are up for election in 2018 and every four years thereafter.
  • Board Member elections occur as part of the California Primary Election currently held in June of even-numbered years. These are scheduled to help reduce the cost of elections to our ratepayers.
  • If no one chooses to run against an incumbent, that incumbent will automatically be reappointed to her/his seat on the Board, will not appear on the ballot, and will serve a new four-year term.
  • If a vacancy occurs before a Member's term expires, the Board may hold a special election to fill the vacancy or may appoint an individual to fill the seat until the next California Primary Election (even-numbered year). If choosing to fill the seat by appointment, the Board will conduct an open recruitment, and may select a candidate after conducting interviews.
  • Qualifications for serving on the Board include residency in the USD service area and being a registered voter.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Biographical Information



Pat Kite

L. Patricia [Pat] Kite was elected to the USD Board of Directors in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 to represent the City of Newark. Her term expires in 2016. 

L.  Patricia [Pat] Kite holds Wastewater credentials from Sacramento State University Office of Water Programs.  Pat Kite earned a B.S. from University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, a Biology teaching credential from CSUEB, an M.S. in Communications from SJSU, and a J.D. from Northwestern California University School of Law. 

In the 42 years Pat has lived in Newark, her Tri-City dedication always continues.  She is a Newark Viola Blythe Volunteer of the Year.  She currently volunteers at MedShare, Friends of Heirloom Flowers, Newark Police Dept., Optimists, California School for the Deaf and Tri-City Ecology [38 years!].  She is a regular volunteer garden writer for Tri-City Voice and writes the newsletter for the OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

At Union Sanitary District, a multiple environmental award agency,  Pat Kite serves on the Budget and Legislative Committees, and is USD's representative to the California Special District Association. 



Tom Handley

 

Tom Handley was a member of the Union Sanitary Board of Directors from 1995 to 2002, when a job transfer took him out of California. He returned to California in 2006 and was appointed in 2007 to fill the vacancy left when Dan Wilkowsky retired from the Board.  He ran uncontested in 2008, 2010, and 2014.  His term expires in 2018.  He currently serves as Secretary on the Board.

Tom is the Plant Manager of the Oatey Company in Newark.  His community involvement includes being a member of the Mission San Jose Rotary, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Chamber Board of Directors.   He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the Wesleyan University in Indiana, and his Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Tom believes that as a USD Director he is a steward looking out for the interest of the ratepayers.  Protecting the ratepayer's interests includes ensuring that USD meets all of the required environmental regulations.  One of the major keys to meeting this requirement in a cost effective method is to maintain the infrastructure.  This focus on maintenance protects both the environment and the ratepayers by preventing large future fee increases.

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Anjali Lathi

Anjali Lathi was appointed to the Board in 2002, elected in 2004 and 2008 to represent the City of Fremont.  She served as President of the Board in 2006, 2010, and 2013. Her term expires in 2016. 

During her 15 years of residence in Fremont, Ms. Lathi's public service and leadership has included volunteering for the LIFE Elder Care Meals on Wheels program, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, and the SYDA Fremont Center.   

At Union Sanitary District, Ms. Lathi has served on the Budget/Finance, Personnel, Legislative, Construction, and Legal/Community Affairs Committees.  She has also served as the Board's representative to the East Bay Dischargers Authority.  Ms. Lathi was one of the first to receive recognition in Special District Governance, awarded by the Special District Leadership Foundation for dedication to providing the best services to a local community.

She earned both her Bachelor's degree in Economics and her law degree from the University of California at Davis.  She is a member of the California State Bar, having worked in the public sector as a deputy district attorney, and in the private sector as defense counsel for school and community college districts.  She also holds a real estate broker's license and currently works as a regulatory compliance project manager at a local bank.

Jennifer Toy

Jennifer Toy was elected to the Board in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 to represent the City of Fremont.   Her term expires in 2018. She is currently serving as Vice President on the Board.

Ms Toy is an active community member. Ms. Toy is a founding Boardmember of the Ohlone College Alumni Association, and currently is a member of the Tri-City Ecology Center, Citizens for Better Community, and the League of Women Voters. She is a former member of the Fremont-Newark Community College Board of Trustees, and past Boardmember of Christmas in April * Tri-Cities Chapter and Children's Fund of the Bay Area. Ms. Toy has had several years of experience in the banking, retail management, government, and non-profit sectors.

Ms. Toy received an AA degree from Ohlone College and holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.




Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez was appointed to the USD Board of Directors in 2011 to represent Union City and to fill a vacancy left by Pat Gacoscos when she resigned from the Board.  He completed her term, which expired in 2012, and is now fulfilling his own term, which expires in 2016. He currently serves as President on the Board.

Manny Fernandez was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the Unied States in 1969.  His first job in the U.S. was as an architect with Franklin, Douden & Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  After a year, he moved to California and served as an architect for John Carl Warnecke & Associates and Michael Painter & Associates.  While fully employed, he furthered his education in design, particularly in Landscape Architecture and became a registered Landscape Architect in California in 1976.  In 1979, he left the private sector and joined the Department of the Navy where he served in various capacities.  In 1990, he founded Manuel C. Fernandez & Associates Inc., a design firm offering services in architecture, planning, landscape architecture and project management.  
 

While building a career in architecture, he was also active in community work.  He served as vice-president of the American Society of Landscape Architects of Northern California (ASLA), president of the Filipino American Society of Architects of Engineer (FASAE), and as a Board Member of the FIl-Am Council of Union City.  In 1985, he applied for and was accepted as a Planning Commissioner.  He subsequently ran for a city council seat in Union City and won and became the first Filipino-American to be elected to a political office in the County of Alameda, a position he held for six consecutive terms until he retired in December 2010.

Concurrent with his duties as a councilmember for 23 years, he also served at various times as Vice Mayor, representative of Union City for the Alameda Transportation Authority, Alameda County Library Commission, Housing Authority, Waste Management Authority, and ABAG (Association of Bay Area Government).