Donald L. Dear

Donald L. DearDonald L. Dear was elected to the West Basin Board of Directors in November 2000 to represent the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale and unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of El Camino Village. He is currently serving his fourth term after being re-elected in November 2012. He was appointed by his colleagues to serve as one of West Basin's representatives on the Metropolitan Water District Water Board. Director Dear came to the Board with a vast array of experience in public service, serving as the Gardena Mayor for nine consecutive terms before retiring in 2001 with 27 years of service.

In 2004, 2008 and again in 2012, he was elected as one of the representatives for the Los Angeles County Independent Special Districts on the Local Agency Formation Commission of which he currently serves as 1st Vice President. In October 2011, the West Basin Board paid tribute to Director Dear’s distinguished public service by naming their Carson Headquarters the Donald L. Dear Building.

Director Dear’s years of experience have given him a deep first-hand understanding of the roles, responsibilities and challenges facing local governmental institutions. He has served for 24 years as a Trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District, and for 19 years on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 5. He also served as President of the South Bay Cities Association (now known as South Bay Cities Council of Governments), on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Cities Joint Powers Consortium and is a member of the Sierra Club.

A former teacher at Stephen White Middle School in Carson for 38 years, he is well known and widely respected by his former students, colleagues and members of the community. In 1983 he was "Teacher of the Year" for Region A of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dear's professional affiliations include his service as a member of the National Council for Social Studies, board member of the Political Action Council of Educators, and six terms of service as a member of the House of Representatives of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). His civic affiliations include the Gardena High School Booster Club, Gardena Jaycees, Gardena Valley Friends of the Library, Gardena Valley Music Association, Gardena Valley Cultural Arts Corporation, Gardena Valley Red Cross, Gardena-Carson Family YMCA, Hollypark and Gardena Valley Lions Club, Gardena Elks, El Nido Services, Association for Retarded Citizens - South Bay, Kiwanis Club of Gardena Valley, Hawaiian Community Center Association, Serra High School Advisory Board, the University of Southern California San Pedro Peninsula Trojan Club, and Harbor General Hospital Advisory Board.

Director Dear has also distinguished himself through his outstanding work with youth, not only as a noteworthy educator, but also for his 30 years of unselfish dedication as a coach for more than 70 teams in three sports through the Gardena Recreation Department Youth Sports Leagues. Director Dear is Board Secretary and Chair of the Desalination and Ethics Committee.