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John L. Varela, District 1


Elected:  November 2016
Term Expires:  December 2018

Board Committee Assignments:
Board Policy and Planning Committee
Board Ethics and Conduct Committee
Homeless Encampment Ad Hoc Committee
Pacheco Reservoir Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee
Joint Water Resources Committee - Morgan Hill, Gilroy
San Felipe Division Reach One

Board Advisory Committee Assignments:
Agricultural Water Advisory Committee
Santa Clara Valley Water Commission                                                                                             

Santa Clara Valley Water District Youth Commission

External Committee Assignments: 
Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
Pajaro River Watershed Flood Protection Authority
Safe, Clean Water Independent Monitoring Committee
Santa Clara County Water Retailers
San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority Board, Division 4
Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council
South County Regional Wastewater Authority

District 1 Director John L. Varela represents South County, including the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, and the unincorporated areas of San Martin and parts of south San José. 

Director Varela was appointed to the board in December 2015.  He was elected by the voters in November 2016. His current term expires in 2018.  

Director Varela is a former Morgan Hill city mayor and councilman. He serves on numerous water district committees, which include the water district’s Homeless Encampment and Water Storage Exploratory Ad Hoc Committees, the Agricultural Water Advisory Committee, the Board Policy and Planning Committee, and the joint water committees for Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Felipe Division Reach One. He serves on the Board of Directors for Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, and the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Protection Authority.  He is also involved in the South County Regional Wastewater Authority and Safe Clean Water Independent Monitoring Committee. 

Director Varela may be contacted by email at [email protected].

CorrCorrespondence to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members may be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].

District 1 Detailed Map

Training Certificates:
05/09/2016 Ethics Training Certificate
10/30/2017 Harassment and Discrimination Training (AB1825)

Expense Reports:                       
2018 Q4
2018 Q3
2018 Q2
2018 Q1