West Basin Water District Board Candidates

Joe Lococo

Joe Lococo. Photo taken from votejoelococowbmwater.com

Joe Lococo, a retired airline supervisor, was born in Hawthorne, California, and raised in the South Bay and is challenging incumbent Scott Houston for a position on the Board. The following statement is from his website (votejoelococowbmwater.com)

“Water is our most critical public resource. It is my desire to apply my proven leadership skills to govern and lead the West Basin Municipal Water District as a member of the Board of Directors. I am committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of our water supplies, not only in the short-term but also as we seek viable long-term solutions. I will strive to be a good steward of both the environment and the ratepayers, while being responsive to the needs of the community.”

His goals are to: represent his constituents, the ratepayers; ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability; commit to transparency and community engagement; maximize reuse and resource recovery of West Basin’s water supplies; provide effective leadership.


Scott Houston

Scott Houston at a “Meet and Greet” at the Mountain Mermaid. Photo by Joseph Rosendo

Scott Houston was elected to the Board of Directors of the West Basin Municipal Water District in November 2014 representing Division IV that includes the cities of El Segundo, Culver City, West Hollywood and Malibu, and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Topanga, Marina del Rey, Windsor Hills, View Park, North Ladera Heights, Del Aire, Wiseburn and a portion of Lennox. Director Houston serves as Vice President of the Board and is currently Chair of West Basin’s Finance Committee and member of its Water Resources Committee.

“I have effectively represented Topanga and all of West Basin’s Division 4 during my first term of service on the Board. In the midst of California’s historic drought, I have authorized expansion of West Basin’s water recycling facility to protect our ocean from wastewater discharge; I have advocated for long-term water policy solutions in both Sacramento and Washington; and I have increased our community and educational outreach.

“I’m a proactive representative committed to public service and results for my constituents that ensure we continue to have safe, reliable and affordable water.”

Director Houston has lived in the District for nearly two decades and continues to be an active leader in both his local community and the greater Los Angeles region.  


Houston can be contacted at info@scotthouston.org.


Flavia Potenza

Flavia Potenza is executive editor of the Messenger Mountain News. She is also a founding member of the 40-year old Topanga Messenger that closed its doors in 2016. She can be reached at editor@messengermountainnews.com

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