Directors

The Yuima Municipal Water District is governed by five elected Directors, each of whom is chosen by the voters of one of the five electoral Divisions into which the District is divided. Directors normally serve four-year terms, and must reside in the Division from which they are elected.

Division boundaries were last changed in 2012 to more equitably apportion the population in each division.





Division 3 Representative
Ron W. Watkins, President

Ron Watkins graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Now retired, he has over 40 years of experience in the utility business including the position as President and CEO of a publicly owned utility supplying both electric energy and agricultural irrigation water. Currently, Ron is Yuima's representative on the on the San Diego County Water Authority Board since 2013.

Ron was appointed to the Yuima Board of Directors in February 2009 and elected to a four-year term of office in 2012. He is up for re-election in November 2020.



Division 2 Representative
Roland Simpson, Vice-President

Roland Simpson was elected to Division 2 on January 26, 2016. Roland is a working partner for H&H Avocado. H&H was established in 1940 as a leader in the packing and distribution of California avocados. In 1962 Daren and Pat House purchased their first Pauma Valley ranch property.

Roland Simpson and his wife Jenafer House Simpson relocated to Pauma Valley after a successful 28 year career building custom oceanfront homes. Roland has an in-depth knowledge of budgets and contract negotiations.

Roland has worked tirelessly to protect local agricultural interests, and currently serves as Vice President of Rancho Estates Mutual Water Company. Additionally, he serves as a Board Member for both the Rincon Ranch Community Services District and the Upper San Luis Rey Resource Conservation District. He is up for re-election in November 2020.



Division 1 Representative
Lynne "Laney" Villalobos, Director

Lynne "Laney" Villalobos came to Pauma Valley in 1980. She purchased an orange grove and then created her own packing house to maximize profit. She owns Pauma Valley Citrus, LLC. which picks and packs anything organic, mostly citrus. She will never retire. She has 6 children and 9 grandchildren. Her two sons operate the business with her, and the other 4 children help with farmers markets. She graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in Spanish and History.

Water is the most important ingredient for farming great produce. She ran for the board in 2014 in order to preserve this precious commodity by lowering the price of water, and to help the farming community to continue to survive and thrive in Pauma Valley.

She was elected to a four-year term of office in November 2014 as the director of Division 1 on the Yuima Board of Directors. She is up for re-election in November 2022.

 

Division 5 Representative
Don Broomell,Secretary/Treasurer

The Broomell family migrated from Orange County and has been farming in the Pauma Valley area since the 1940's. Don's family primarily focused on growing citrus in the beginning but has expanded into avocados, wine grapes, and dry land hay farming. Mr. Broomell graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fruit Science and currently manages 45 acres of citrus in Pauma Valley. 

 

 

 

 

Division 4 Representative 
Steve Wehr

Steve and wife Patty moved to Pauma Valley in 2007 from Marin County. They had been non-resident members of Pauma Valley Country Club for three years prior to making the decision to re-locate. At the time of the move, Steve was Senior Vice President of Management and Leasing for a 4.5M square foot shopping center portfolio on behalf of Institutional Shopping Center Owners.  His office was in San Francisco, and he commuted to San Francisco every Monday for two years after moving to Pauma Valley. 

Commencing in 2009, Steve left that position and partnered with prior associates to actively pursue the acquisition of Hispanic Grocery Anchored Shopping Centers. They which have acquired 3 properties fitting that profile which completed their business plan. 

He is now actively engaged as Directors of Vineyard Development for Fallbrook Winery . The business plan is to add additional Management and Farming assignment to the twenty four currently under contract. The addition of additional acreage under will create more grape inventory for Fallbrok Wineries Premium Wines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Elections

Yuima MWD’s directors are elected officials representing each of Yuima’s five divisions, and are selected by voters in the November general election in even-numbered years. Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.