Newly elected Helix Water District Director Luis Tejeda resigned from the board effective December 30, 2016, saying new business opportunities could present a conflict of interest in his role as a board member.
Tejeda announced his resignation in an email to Board President Joel Scalzitti, explaining that he
resigned to protect the district and ratepayers and made his decision as quickly as possible to ensure
Board members will address Tejeda’s resignation and the next steps in filling the vacancy at their next
regular meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 2:00pm.
Tejeda retired in 2016 after a 28‐year career at Helix and was elected to the board in November. He
replaced incumbent John Linden to represent Helix’s Division 1 customers, who live north of the I‐8
freeway in El Cajon, including the Fletcher Hills and Bostonia neighborhoods.
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Helix Water District accepted a District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association at a regional awards dinner last night in Kearny Mesa. Helix was recognized for its “outstanding efforts” to promote transparency and good governance.
Helix board president DeAna Verbeke, Vice President Chuck Muse, and Director Joel Scalzitti accepted the certificate from the CSDA’s Special District Leadership Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.
“This award is a testament to Helix Water District’s commitment to open government,” said Chis Palmer, Public Affairs Field Coordinator for CSDA. “The entire district staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.”
To be eligible for the award, a special district must demonstrate completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the state controller in a timely manner.
Helix also fulfilled fifteen website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget and the most recent financial audit.
The district also must demonstrate outreach that engages the public in its governance, through a regular district newsletter and completion of a salary comparison for district staff positions.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods.
Helix is a special district formed to provide water for the cities of La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, the community of Spring Valley and areas within Santee, Lakeside and San Diego County. Helix serves 271,000 people through more than 56,000 metered accounts.