Richmond community advocate Cesar Zepeda has been appointed to the West County Wastewater District Board of Directors.
Zepeda was appointed to fill the seat left vacant following the recent passing of Director Leonard McNeil. Zepeda was selected for the roll following a public interview process that included five other candidates at the West County Wastewater District board meeting on June 5.
It will be a short commute to meetings for Zepeda, who lives in the Hilltop District, where the wastewater district has its headquarters at 2910 Hilltop Drive.
Zepeda’s community participation is widespread. He is president of the Hilltop District Neighborhood, president and founder of the Hilltop District Homeowners and Stakeholders Association, president of the Fairways Homeowners Association, co-founder and president of Richmond Rainbow Pride, board member on the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council, co-founder of Calle 23, an effort to revitalize 23rd Street, and chair of the West County Sierra Club Group.
By trade, he is a benefits broker. He has lived in the Richmond/San Pablo area since age 8, when he migrated from his birthplace of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Locally, he attended Helms Elementary School, Richmond High School and Contra Costa College. Last November, he unsuccessfully attempted to win election to Richmond City Council, coming in fifth among 12 candidates.
The West County Wastewater District, founded in December 1921 to protect and serve the public health of the community through the construction and maintenance of a sewer system, serves about 34,000 homes and 2,450 commercial and industrial businesses with a total population of about 100,000 in San Pablo, Richmond, Pinole, El Sobrante, East Richmond Heights, Tara Hills, Rollingwood, Bayview and parts of unincorporated county.