Vote Election Day November 8, 2022

Russell Baldwin

Candidate for Mesa Water
District Director, Division 4

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When elected as a director of Mesa Water, it is my intent to focus on three key areas:

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Work on implementing practices and programs that reward conservation and regeneration of our precious water resources. Primarily I will pursue methods that recapture rain and runoff to keep the aquifer as healthy as possible.

2.

Work at lowering the overhead costs of Mesa Water up to and including the director’s stipend.

3.

Build solid relationships with all the local stakeholders, customers, and suppliers. As the drought continues, coordinated effort across the region will be more and more critical in our mission to supply inexpensive and clean water.

About Me:

I am a sixty year old Costa Mesa resident, and I grew up here. In fact, I grew up in the same house that I live in currently. It was 1990 when I began my career at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as a Forensic Scientist (formerly called criminalist). Very soon afterward, I joined the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). And thus, my dual career was born.

While my forensics career was going nicely, punctuated by a commendation from the Sheriff
for the establishment of the first DNA analysis laboratory west of the Mississippi, my union involvement opened doors of a different nature. I was asked if I would be willing to sit on the OCEA Board. And one an opening occurred on the nineteen-person board; I was voted in as a member. After a few years on the board, the next stage of my non-forensic career began.

I was elected to the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) as a Trustee. There I spent over ten years learning institutional investment, large scale project oversight, fiduciary responsibility, and the task of managing billions of dollars of money that thousands of people are relying upon for their future financial well-being.

Even though I was a hair short of my thirty-year anniversary, I chose to early retire after my comeback term at OCERS. This was at the beginning of 2020. Soon after that I realized our environment was shifting far faster than expected. I attended a permaculture design course that taught me the importance of living in harmony with one’s surroundings. The three ethics of permaculture that I adhere to are, Planet care, People care and Fair share. These ethics especially apply to our vital resources like clean air, rich soil and clean water.