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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 3

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Susan Longville

Director, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, Division 3
12,125 votes (44.64%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • My top priority for the District is to continue examining water supply and demand projections (in the face of a continuing drought) to determine the most reliable, but affordable, water management investments that Valley District should make
  • To reduce future demand, Valley District must increase access to water conservation rebates until the two-thirds of our water supply used for outdoor irrigation is dramatically reduces.
  • Fifteen years after the Old Fire in 2003, the risk of the next major wildfire increases. This District needs to examine the foreseeable post-fire impacts to our water supply and take steps to reduce them.



Profession:Water Policy Analyst
Director, Division 3, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (2014–current)
Program Chair and member of the Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of the San Bernardino Area — Elected position (2015–current)
Board Member (gubernatorial appointment), Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region (2012–2015)
Executive Director, Water Resources Institute (WRI), California State University, San Bernardino (2003–2013)
Associate Director, Water Resources and Policy Initiative, Office of the Chancellor, California State University Associate Director, part-time appointment by (2010–2013)
Volunteer Race Director of TinMan Triathlon (2012-2013), San Bernardino Sunset Rotary — Elected position (2012–2013)
City Council Member, City of San Bernardino CA (1998–2006)


University of Redland Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, Water management policies of California: past, present and the future in the face of the "New Normal" of climate change (2001)


I believe that voters will learn more about my past examining awards and publications I've authored listed than any narrative.



Floodplain Management Association awarded the Hogg-Owen Award for Meritorious Achievement in Floodplain Management in 2009.

A California Challenge: Flooding in the Central Valley, a Report from an Independent Review Panel commissioned by the California Department of Water Resources, 2007

Alluvial Fan Task Force (AFTF), The Integrated Approach for Sustainable Development on Alluvial Fans (Integrated Approach) including Model Ordinance for Governing Planning and Development on Alluvial Fans (Model Ordinance). Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Department of Water Resources

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Bernardino County Young Democrats

Organizations (1)

  • AFL-CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is simple. Sucessful governance depends on finding common ground that enables a public agency to better serve the residents in their service area. Because elected don't get to choose their colleagues, we must work respectfully with one another. 

Position Papers

2018 Campaign Statement (key points)


During the first week of October 2018, registered voters will receive Voter Information Pamphlet from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. Candidates for this office who have Campaign Statements have paid $2,279.

Four years ago, you elected me to find sensible water management solutions while PROTECTING YOUR TAX DOLLARS.

I was angry that imported water our property taxes PAID FOR was being sold to Los Angeles in the midst of a severe drought. We needed every drop to replenish our groundwater basins that had fallen to the lowest level in history.

I asked for your vote to change those outrageous practices resulting in:

            • The adoption of Resolution 79 that STOPPED THE SALE OF IMPORTED WATER when we need it here.

            • ENDED automatic pay raises that Directors received every year without a public hearing.

            • REDUCED Director salaries BY 25%.

            • DECREASED property taxes you pay to this district FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007.

I’m asking your consideration again so I can use my experience in California water policy to serve you. PLEASE call me at 909.772.0843 if you’d like to talk.

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