Irritated with having to pay for water he couldn’t get, John Gannon was elected to the New York Irrigation District Board where he successfully worked to change district policies. He was an active supporter and later leader of his neighborhood association, where he worked on Bench traffic issues and preservation of the quality of life. He promoted quality reinvestment projects on Grover Street and Vista Village’s 4 million dollar transformation and its attractive separated sidewalks and landscaping. He helped reduce the Kootenai speed limit and advocated saving neighborhood historical features such as the Washerwoman on Vista. He served on the Boise Depot Vision Committee and the infill Task Force.