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Special District

Marina Coast Water DistrictCandidate for Director

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Peter N. Le

Civil Engineer
2,040 votes (17.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I want to provide more transparency, avoid costly blunder such as the failed Regional Desalination Projec
  • Keep low cost delivery of water, recycled water and wastewater collection in City of Marina and the Ord Community
  • I also want the Ord Community to be annexed to the District



Profession:California Licensed Civil Engineer
Director, Marina Coast Water District — Elected position (2012–2015)
Member and Chair, Marina Planning Commission — Appointed position (2009–2013)
Associate Civil Engineer, City of Marina (1983–2005)


University of Auckland (New Zealand). Golden Gate University (San Francisco) Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) (1978). Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) (2007), Civil Engineering. Public Administration (2007)


I first visited the USA in 1979 and immigrated to Marina in 1981. I have been to many countries. I have lived in Marina since 1981 and worked for cities of Salinas, Marina and Soledad, and County of Monterey. I worked for the City of Marina for about 22 years and involved in the review, management, design, construction and inspection of several city parks, a skate park, several subdivisions, new shopping centers, traffic signals, streets, bike paths, storm drain and percolation pond systems, Marina new post office, etc. I obtained about five millions for the City from various grants. I am a licensed Civil Engineer in California and familiar with water, recycled water and wastewater issues. I worked with Marina Coast Water District staff on many water, recycled water and wastewater projects.  My wife has lived in Marina since 1975. She taught English as a Second Language at Fitch Middle School (ESL), math and ESL at Los Arboles Middle School, and French at Seaside High. We have two grown-up daughters and one grandson. Our daughters are pharmacists. 

I was elected to Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) Board of Directors in 2012 and served for three years. Previously, I served as Chair of the Planning Commission of City of Marina and a member of the Design Review Board. I reviewed and processed some of the large projects such as the Montage or CHOMP Wellness Center, the recently completed VA DoD Clinic, and the CHISPA senior apartment project. At Marina Coast Water District I served as Vice President and was members of the Executive, Budget and Personnel, Community Outreach and Joint City District committees. I also was Board Liaison at Water Conservation Commission. I was Board representative at Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) (now Monterey One Water), Local Agency Formation of Monterey County (LAFCO), Special District Association, and FORA Water and Wastewater Oversight Committee. I also was a member of the MCWD negotiation team negotiating with MRWPCA (M1W), Seaside County Sanitation District, Monterey County, CSUMB, and Cal Am on many issues. During my term I spent an average of 20 hours per week of my own time  on District business. I had used my vacation time to attend many meetings during working hours. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe I was the only Director who completed all the classes of the Board Leadership Academy organized by California Special District Association. I attended some workshops and conferences that were useful and relevant to the District such as slant wells, sustainable groundwater management act, aquifer storage and recharge, dealing with the drought, water rights, etc. I paid the transportation and accommodation expenses for these workshops and conferences from my own money.  I made contributions to the District in revising the Board Procedures Manual, completing the first Strategic Plan, updating the Water and Sewer Master Plans, initiating the rates study, updating the Urban Water Management Plan, refinancing the bond and loan, proposing new water supply sources and a new smaller desal plan, etc. I provided technical knowledge, expertise and relevant experience to the Board in addition to writing and submitting various reports from the workshops 

and conferences that I attended. I discovered the potential conflict of interests of the slant well designer and pattern holder. This discovery caused the CPUC to hire new consultants to evaluate the test slant well results and redid the EIR. I want to provide more transparency, avoid costly mistakes such as the failed Regional Desalination Project, and keep low cost delivery of water, recycled water and wastewater collection in City of Marina and the Ord Community. I also want the Ord Community to be annexed to the District. I now can dedicate a lot of my time to make meaningful contributions to the District.  How much do you pay for the failed Regional Desalination Plant? Annually, the Board of Directors must inform all ratepayers how much money has been spent to date on the failed Regional Desalination Project, currently over 20 million dollars, and how long it takes, by raising the water rates, to recover expenses on this major blunder. Beginning on January 1, 2019, MCWD will substantially increase water rates. For Central Marina customers, water rate will increase 17 percent for Tier 1 and 55 percent for Tier 2, in addition to an 8 percent increase in the fixed monthly charge. For Ord Community customers, water rate will increase 12 percent for Tier 1 and 42 percent for Tier 2, in addition to a 6 percent increase in the fixed monthly charge​.  I truly hope that you will scrutinize all the candidates before casting your votes. You must demand certain candidates to be accountable for the costly failure of the Regional Desalination Plan. You must ask which Directors approved the contracts that caused the failure of this project due to the conflict of interests. Additionally, some candidates have been fined from $200 to $4,500 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for violating campaign laws. Some have brought bad reputation to the District. Do you really want to re-elect these candidates? Haven’t these candidates caused enough damages, in both finances and reputation, to the District? 

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