Board Members

The Westborough Water District is governed by an elected five-member board. Board members are elected to a four-year term. Board members are required to be residents of the district and registered voters. To learn more about each director, please click on their bios links.

All questions regarding your bill, water or sewer service, or other customer service needs should first try to be resolved though the WWD Office. Please contact the WWD office here.

Perry H. Bautista

President

Member of the Board since November 7, 1989
Present term ends on November 2022
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Perry was born in Santa Maria, California, on July 27, 1948. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and was assigned to the Presidio of San Francisco for 3 years. He got married in 1970. His wife, Jackie (a third‐generation San Franciscan), and he has three children (Michael, April and Laura).

They bought a home in South San Francisco (Westborough) in 1974 and have lived in this community for over 40 years. During that time, they have been actively involved with numerous community programs such as: the Westborough Community Swimming Pool and Advisory Committee, the Save Foxridge Group, the Westborough Roundtable and the League of Westborough Voters.

In 1989, he was elected as a Director to the Westborough Water District and has served in that capacity for the past 25 years. During that time, he also learned many things about water and sewage services. Consequently, he gained valuable knowledge and experience by actually dealing with the drought and earthquake problems of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

He was a Police Officer in San Francisco for 31 years and has been retired since 2005.

David J. Irwin

Vice President

Member of the Board since January 12, 2012
Present term ends on November 2020
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David is a lifelong Bay Area resident serving his third year on the District’s Board of Directors and is a member on both the Public Relations and Capital Improvement Projects committees.

David has over 12 years of experience in the utility industry with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Currently, he is the Public Safety & Regulatory Supervisor for San Francisco and San Mateo Counties where he manages the annual electric distribution inspection program and regulatory compliance. Prior to this role, he was an Electric Distribution Supervisor, who led a workgroup that constructed, maintained and repaired electric overhead and underground facilities. David started his PG&E career as a Utility Worker, progressed through apprenticeship training and served as a Journeyman Lineman for more than 5 years.

Prior experience includes design and administration of enterprise computer networks as a Network Engineer with global telecommunication and Internet service provider companies. He has a technical degree in network engineering and management and is a Cisco Certified Design Associate, Cisco Certified Network Associate, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He also served in the United States Coast Guard as a Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Petty Officer where he participated in countless search and rescue missions, maritime law enforcement, and homeland security operations.

David cofounded San Francisco Warriors Football, the first unlimited weight youth football organization within San Francisco and Northern Peninsula, giving all kids an opportunity to learn and play American tackle football regardless of their weight. David served on the Warrior’s Executive Board and as head coach for three seasons. In his “spare” time he enjoys the outdoors and traveling with his wife, son and daughter.

Karema Al-Arabi

Director

Member of the Board since June 8, 2017
Present term ends on November 2020
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Karema moved to Westborough District in 2011. She worked and owned a restaurant called Togo’s and Baskin Robbins from 2001‐2014 until she sold it and started working at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay as a food server/banquet captain. Karema finished her high school and secretary diploma in Kuwait City. She also studied English at Skyline College. She has two kids and a step‐son who has two beautiful daughters. She wanted to be more involved her community and when she got accepted into the Westborough Water District, she felt lucky. She wants to do a lot to improve her community.

Janet G. Medina

Director

Member of the Board since August 12, 2004
Present term ends on November 2020
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Janet received her Associates of Arts degree at Modesto Junior College in 1964 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare with emphasis in Psychology in 1966 from San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University). Her career was in the Juvenile Justice System in the City and County of San Francisco. After 35 years of service with the Juvenile Probation Department, she retired in 2001. Her last 5 years of service were as Executive Director of Juvenile Hall.

Janet moved to the Westborough area in South San Francisco in 1979. She was elected to a position with the Board of Directors for the Westborough #3 Condominium Association in 1981 and has served as President for over 27 years of voluntary service.

Her son, who also resides in the Westborough District, is a certified Tax Preparer, Bookkeeper, and Notary Public and has two sons, a 20-year old who is a Marine, and a 23-month old son.

Janet has been a Director on the Board of Directors for the Westborough Water District since 2004 and has served as President in 2008 and 2013. She currently serves on three committees for the District: Public Relations, Capital Improvement, and Wasteful Water Usage.

Tom Chambers

Director

Member of the Board since November 4, 1997
Present term ends on November 2022
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Tom moved to Westborough area in May 1976 and was elected to the Board of Westborough Water District in November 1997. He was President of the Board in 2001, 2005 and 2010 and has served on the Budget, Capital Improvements, and Public Relations Committees. He also represents the Westborough Water District at the California Special Districts Association, San Mateo County Chapter meetings.

A native-born Californian, Tom grew up in Southern California, receiving his B.A. in Economics and Physics from UC San Diego. He served as a Supply Corps officer in the Navy from 1970 through 1991. His Bay Area tours included USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN 610) while in overhaul at Mare Island, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) while home ported in Alameda, and shore tours at NAS Moffett Field, NSC Oakland and Aviation Division at NAS Alameda. After his military retirement Tom entered the teaching profession. He is currently a math teacher and Mathematics Department Chair at Lowell High School in San Francisco.

In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, Tom has a Master’s degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, and in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University.

Election Procedures

*Per California Elections Code Section 10404, the District’s elections were consolidated with the statewide General Elections, which are held on even years. This resulted in the extension of Director’s terms by one year.

Board members are responsible for the overall governance of the Westborough Water District, in accordance with County Water District Law, which is contained in the California Water Code, Sections 30000 – 33250.

Members of the Board are elected by registered voters within the service territory of the District. Board elections take place during even-numbered years with two Board Member positions next up for election in November 2020 and three positions next up for election in November 2022. The term of office for each Board member is four years (unless appointed or elected to fill a vacancy).

Board vacancies are filled as provided by law whereby the remaining Board members may fill the vacancy by appointment or by calling an election to fill it. Persons appointed or elected to fill a vacancy hold office for the unexpired balance of that term.

For additional information on seeking office and the candidate application process, or to inquire about registration deadlines, please contact the San Mateo County Elections Office at (650) 312-5222 or visit www.smcacre.org.

Current law requires all candidates to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) with the county elections office where they file their declaration of candidacy. These forms can be found on the FPPC website fppc.ca.gov and are due by the final filing date for the declaration of candidacy.