2016 Election Campaign:

The publisher of SLO LIFE Magazine sent a single question for me to answer.


Why are you running for office?

Over the years my family has enjoyed the wonderful quality of life our city leaders historically took great pride in preserving.  I am running for office to correct recent changes in the city’s direction that threaten our small town quality of life.

Residents’ influence and interests are receiving reduced attention as Cal Poly, development, and the tourist industry have moved to the forefront.  I have watched residents go to Council meetings, explain their neighborhood’s problem, ask for the issue to be agendized and then be rebuffed.  This should not happen.

As Cal Poly adds students without sufficient on-campus housing, students are forced to seek housing in residential neighborhoods.  This in turn consumes what other cities would commonly term workforce housing.  The city then gets caught in a seemingly endless loop of encouraging the construction of additional workforce housing – much of which becomes student rentals.

The quality of life in our residential neighborhoods becomes an afterthought in too many instances.

I will encourage residents to become just as actively engaged in what is and will be happening to their town as are other groups.  Together, we can correct the balance back in favor of residents to ensure the safety, security and quality of life in our residential neighborhoods, protect our city from massive development that overwhelms its limited resources, preserve San Luis Obispo's historic small-town character and charm, and maintain our cherished views and surrounding open space.

Residents elect us to office.  Their voices and votes should matter.



From the 2014 Election Campaign:

On Tuesday, 16 September 2014, the publisher of SLO LIFE Magazine sent two questions for me to respond.


1)  What are the most pressing issues facing the City today?  Why?

There are two pressing issues facing San Luis Obispo in the immediate future.

First, the City’s financial health is fundamental, and this includes getting our long-term debt under control.  Updated data from CalPERS will be coming out early next year, and that could substantially alter our current and future financial planning and allocation of funds.

The second, but no less important issue deals with the proposed – but not yet adopted or implemented – changes in the update to the Land Use and Circulation Elements of the City’s General Plan.  They have grown from the “focused updates” the City Council initially directed into aggressive overhauls.  It will take considerable time for residents and businesses alike to digest it all, and there are likely going to be some unintended consequences that will need to be addressed.


2)  And, what do you intend to do about those issues?

We must get a handle on our financial situation no matter what CalPERS determines our unfunded liabilities to be.  While the City has made a start at reigning in costs, the Council must focus on spending as carefully as we do in our private lives.  My goal is to ensure that our financial house is in order, and I will diligently address the potential threats to our financial well-being.  We must get to the point that we know precisely what it costs to deliver essential city services and budget accordingly.

The Land Use and Circulation Element updates require careful reading and analysis.  My goal is to work with other council members to ensure that potential problems are identified and corrected before significant adverse impacts become imbedded in these critical long-term planning documents.


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