Howard Kerr also served on the San Leandro
Howard Kerr announces retirement after 29 years
ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Howard Kerr, the current longest-serving member of the Oro Loma Sanitary District is retiring after nearly three decades on the Southern Alameda County waste water board. He announced his retirement during a board meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Kerr, who first joined the board in 1986, is the third long-entrenched member of the sanitary district to retire in the past year. He also served as a San Leandro councilmember in the 1980s.
Earlier this year, another long-serving member of the board, Laython Landis, chose to retire rather than face mounting calls for his resignation. Landis used the n-word during a committee meeting in December 2014 and was later censured by the board.
The year prior, Frank Sidari, citing health problems, did not seek re-election to his seat on the five-member elected board that serves sewage treatment and recycling services for over 135,000 residents, mostly in unincorporated Alameda County and portions of San Leandro and Hayward.
Once known for being one of the oldest group of elected leaders on any one board in the entire East Bay–a majority were in their 80s and all male–is continuing its rapid transformation with Kerr’s retirement. Last November, former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young became the first female member in the district 100 year-plus history.
Similar to the appointment process that followed Landis’s retirement last March leading to the selection of Dan Walters as his replacement, a search for a new member will likely follow in the coming months. However, there is no timetable offered yet for Kerr’s replacement.
Since the real and actual primary purpose of at least some of the various Boards, but while going through their charades of pretending to be an independent voice, is to be nothing more than rubberstamps and puppets on a string for various power brokers, certainly some would want these various Boards to be overloaded with people who are easily led, manipulated, and extremely senile.
And even if they are not senile, a high percentage of elderly people are not wanting to work hard (and if they are over sixty five I do not blame them for having such an attitude) – in other words, and even though officially they are still working, however in the practical sense they are retired – and therefore are very laidback and will vote for and just automatically go along with whatever others tell them to do.