2016 Election Campaign:

The Chamber of Commerce invited all candidates for Council and Mayor to a videotaping session where we each recorded 30-second answers to each of four questions they had sent us several days prior.  We also taped a brief introduction of ourselves.

If you would like to watch the videos, they are available here.

 

From the 2014 Election Campaign:

On Wednesday, 10 September 2014, the Chamber of Commerce's media representative sent four questions.  My answers are supposed to be in the Chamber's September [2014] newsletter.  As I am not a Chamber member and have no idea when the issue was or will be published, I'll go ahead and include my response below.  The answers are brief as they asked for no more than 300 words total -- and that's a lot more difficult than it may seem.

 

Q: What is the single biggest opportunity for San Luis Obispo in the next two years, and if elected what would you do to ensure that it is acted upon?

1.  We have an opportunity to get a handle on the City’s financial situation once we learn CalPERS’ determination of our unfunded liabilities.  I will be diligent in addressing that potential threat to our city’s financial well-being

 

Q: What do you believe is the biggest barrier that businesses face in San Luis Obispo, and what can the City do to addresses these issues?

2.  The biggest barriers that businesses face are no different here than anywhere else in California, and they are the economic and regulatory uncertainties caused by decisions made in Sacramento and Washington.  I don’t believe the City has any influence over those.  However, with the recent proposal to ban polystyrene food containers, the City plays a major role in potentially raising operating costs for many small businesses.  The Chamber is ideally situated to compile data on polystyrene use across all businesses within the city, not simply food service, make informed recommendations on the economics of the ban and practicality of polystyrene replacement, and identify alternatives for specific uses.

 

Q: Do you believe the City of San Luis Obispo has gone far enough with recent fiscal oversight in reigning in costs, or do you believe more progress can be made? How would you accomplish this?

3.  The City has made a start at reigning in costs, but it will take a Council focused on spending as carefully as most of us do in our private lives. Perhaps it is time to step away from nice-to-haves and focus on must-haves.

 

Q: Measure Y, the ½ percent sales tax in place since 2007, has been an important source of funds for maintaining the quality of life in San Luis Obispo. The measure will sunset in 2015. Are you in support of its renewal, now known as “Measure G” which will be on the November ballot? Why or why not?

4.  While I supported Measure Y, I do not believe the funds were spent as most voters believed they would be.  The ballot measure called for Measure Y to be “for eight years only” and should sunset as planned.  Measure G, as written, is a general purpose tax available for any use and contains most of the same verbiage as the Measure Y tax.  Had the newly proposed Measure G been presented as a specific tax, depending on the specific purposes identified, I probably could have supported it and may well do so if given the opportunity in the future.   But not this year.

 

 

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