LOS OSOS RACE NOT YET DE­CIDED

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN

Chuck Ce­sena was re-elected to Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Dis­trict board; sec­ond seat hasn’t been de­cided.

The race for one of two seats on the Los Osos Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Dis­trict Board of Di­rec­tors is cur­rently down to

63 votes and will likely be de­cided Fri­day.

With two seats up for grabs and all eight precincts re­port­ing as of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, in­cum­bent di­rec­tor Chuck Ce­sena had se­cured his re-elec­tion to the fouryear term with 2,506 votes, or roughly 33.7 per­cent.

But new­com­ers Matthew Four­croy, a Cal Poly alum­nus and en­gi­neer, and Stephen Best, a for­mer parks and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee mem­ber, are neck and neck for the re­main­ing seat. Four­croy led with 2,097 votes (28.2 per­cent) to Best’s 2,034 votes (27.4 per­cent).

A fourth can­di­date, Craig Bal­ti­more, an ar­chi­tec­tural en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor at Cal Poly whose web­site says he pre­vi­ously served as a board di­rec­tor, re­ceived just 761 votes, or 10.2 per­cent.

San Luis Obispo County Clerk Tommy Gong es­ti­mated Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that he still had 41,973 vote-by-mail bal­lots, 6,222 pro­vi­sional bal­lots and var­i­ous other cat­e­gories yet to be counted, in­clud­ing bal­lots that were post­marked on Elec­tion Day but not yet re­ceived by the of­fice.

It’s un­clear how many bal­lots from Los Osos res­i­dents re­main to be counted.

The next round of re­sults are ex­pected to be re­leased Fri­day.

Ce­sena, an en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ner for Cal­trans, has served for about nine years on the board, is cur­rent chair of the CSD’s Util­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and vice-chair of the Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and a past rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Basin Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s quite an honor to be elected by your com­mu­nity,” Ce­sena said Thurs­day. “This is an ed­u­cated com­mu­nity — there’s al­ways an is­sue.”

Right now, he said, that “hot-but­ton is­sue” is the need to drill a new mu­nic­i­pal well on the east­erly side of the wa­ter basin, which is a ru­ral part of the com­mu­nity in which res­i­dents also have wells in the area. He said he plans to con­tinue be­ing a “con­duit of in­for­ma­tion” be­tween res­i­dents and their elected board on the is­sue.

“That’s where com­mu­ni­ca­tion comes in,” he said. “We have to con­sider how our well will af­fect oth­ers’ wells.”

Best, a 22-year Los Osos res­i­dent, told The Tri­bune in Septem­ber that he’s run­ning for a seat on the board to use his 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing geo­ther­mal heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems to build an aquatic cen­ter, cre­ate a multi-pur­pose trail through town and ad­dress wa­ter con­cerns.

He said would also like to en­hance Los Osos’ parks and re­cre­ation of­fer­ings.

Four­croy also said he wants to im­prove parks and re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­crease com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and im­prove ef­fi­ciency and co­he­sion on the board.

Tri­bune re­porters Mon­ica Vaughan and Cas­san­dra Garibay con­trib­uted to this story.

Matt Foun­tain: 781-7909, @mat­tfoun­tain1

COUR­TESY PHO­TOS

Chuck Ce­sena, left, is solidly ahead in the race for one of two seats on the Los Osos Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Dis­trict, but can­di­dates Matthew Four­croy and Stephen Best were within 63 votes of tak­ing a sec­ond seat Thurs­day, with bal­lots still be­ing counted.

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