Robert Talamantez, Jamie Briano, Carolina Lopez, Erica Larsen and Kevin Smalley competed for one of three open spots on the Val Verde Community Benefits Committee.
Talamantez came out on top with 129 votes, Lopez close behind with 124 votes followed by Briano with 119 votes, Smalley with 25 votes and Larsen with 23 votes. The top three were given spots on the Val Verde Community Benefits Committee.
The Val Verde Community Benefits Committee is a funding organization that receives $360,000 annually from the Chiquita Canyon Landfill. The money comes from a 1997 agreement between the Val Verde community and the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
Smalley and Larsen, who came in fourth and fifth, are both leaders in the anti-landfill Citizens For Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance.