Serving San Marcos

Craig Elitharp, James Hernandez, and Mike Sannella recently took their oaths to serve on the board of directors for the Vallecitos Water District (VWD). By a unanimous vote, Incumbent Director Betty Evans was appointed this year’s board president. A San Marcos resident with her husband for over 30 years, Evans served on the City of San Marcos Council from 1992 through 1996. She also served on the Local Agency Formation Commission, San Diego Association of Governments, North County Transit District, and the League of California Cities.

Incumbent Director Mike Sannella was appointed vice president. He represents Division 4 and has served as a city planning commissioner, vice president of the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, and vice president of San Diego County Crime Stoppers. He earned his BA from California State University, San Marcos and works in the defense and aerospace industry, and lives in San Marcos with his wife and daughter.

Elitharp represents VWD Division 3 after serving the Rancho California Water District, with 24 years of experience in water management and wastewater operations. He has served on the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Groundwater, Energy, and Water Quality Committees.

Representing Division 2, Hernandez has served on the VWD’s Public Awareness/Personnel Policy Committee and the ACWA Groundwater Committee. He served in the United States Marines before attending Palomar College and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has lived in San Marcos for over 40 years.

The fifth member of the board is Hal Martin, representing Division 5. For more information visit