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Since becoming Mayor in 2018 I’ve led City Council to mitigate pandemic impacts, taken steps to protect our coastline and parks, passed laws restricting smoking and vaping, began an affordable housing study, prioritized road maintenance, promoted community policing dialogue, and completed the Library Renewal Project.
As Councilmember starting 2014 I led efforts to promote affordable housing, coastal protection, workplace safety, pension liability awareness, and water entitlement sales.
I’ve served on numerous regional boards as Mayor and Councilmember including the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority and as Alternate Board Member to Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency and Monterey Salinas Transit District.
Volunteer efforts include Heritage Society Board Member, Point Pinos Lighthouse, Point Sur Lightstation, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce events and Perkins Park cleanup.
My wife and I have been PG homeowners for 30 years (10 full time) and have 2 sons.
I held engineering positions for Chevron Corporation in California and internationally. I have a PhD. In Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
I value Pacific Grove’s small-town character. To me this is a statement about both people and place.
We are truly fortunate to have a real downtown. It is an enjoyable space where people can gather, and small unique businesses can thrive. Many homes and buildings are historic and contribute greatly to our character. We have a pristine coastline and butterfly sanctuary that resident and visitor alike are drawn to. We should make all efforts to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
Small-town character also means to me that people know each other and make the effort to treat others well. It is a feeling of community that everyone looks out for one another. It is being respectful of others, caring for others needs and when required, providing a helping hand. These are community values that I treasure about Pacific Grove.
I believe city government functions and serves people better by adhering to a few fundamental practices: encouraging civic engagement, transparent actions, prudent spending, and respectful dialogue.
We cannot let up on efforts to slow the spread of infection while rates have not significantly declined. I’ll continue to support actions to: (1) encourage the public and City staff to comply with all County health orders, (2) fine those refusing masks, (3) electronic messaging boards for visitors, (4) restrict coastal access, (5) conduct virtual meetings, and (6) enforce health protocols.
Better plans are needed for managing open space balancing public use, safety, and wildlife habitat. Plans for major parks, coastline, and Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary must have robust community input that is critical to adoption and success.
With the advent of the pandemic, plastics and trash has become a larger problem, particularly on the coast. Trash pollutes land and sea environments and creates pests. There is no quick or easy solution. We need to use many tools: media messaging, more collections, enforcement, etc.
I support banning glyphosate in City operations. The draft Perkins Park landscape plan specifies nontoxic herbicides.
To mitigate climate change the City should reduce its hydrocarbon footprint. The City’s current electric supply is 66% carbon free and 34% renewable. I support using 100% renewable electric power. New City electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations are steps in the right direction. I support these and similar actions.
I will continue to support infrastructure improvements for sewer collection and storm water collection systems to protect the Monterey Bay.
We need affordable housing so the people can both live and work in town, and for the younger generation to stay here.
I initiated funding for a housing study to add affordable housing. I am participating in the study to find opportunities to add affordable housing through (1) changing land use regulations, (2) programs for home rehabilitation, home ownership and the homeless, (3) incentives for nonprofit housing developers, (4) streamlining housing construction regulations, and (5) construction of housing on public property. Once opportunities are identified we need to act on them.
I support efforts to have the state lift their water restrictions on new housing.
I signed President Obama’s Pledge to review police use of force policies, engage the community, report findings, and commit to change. With City Council’s approval, we have held a townhall, reported findings and are now taking next steps. I stand for equality, respect, fairness, nondiscrimination, dignity, and equal treatment under the law. I will take any necessary actions to ensure city policies and actions meet these obligations to the community.
The city must help small businesses thrive and create jobs. I support: (1) streamlining regulations to reduce unproductive time and cost of permitting and (2) creating a process that is easy for potential businesses to understand and locate here. Regulatory incentives are needed to encourage construction of mixed use (business and commercial) buildings in commercial zones. This action addresses housing needs and brings people downtown.
Streets and sidewalks are a priority. The 2019 City street assessment concluded street conditions are fair. They should not be allowed to further deteriorate. City funding attracts state and county funding making City road and sidewalk funding go further. I will vote for funding of critical infrastructure including safe routes to school. Del Monte Park neighborhood is a priority.
The library should fully reopen, and additional recreation programs added as soon as revenue rebounds. Youth water activities and new uses at Arnett park would be priorities. Another recreation project that I support is construction of a Point Pinos Bird Observatory.
I’ve worked to fund The Point Pinos Coastal Trail Project which is about to begin construction. This pedestrian trail is ADA compliant and increases recreation and safety.
I’ve supported balanced budgets and healthy reserves. Even under today’s financial duress maintaining reserves are critical. Hard decisions have been made due to the pandemic. If necessary, I will support further budget cuts to maintain sound finances.
Additional revenue could come from passage of Measure L which is a ½ cent sales tax increase that falls mainly on visitors. Future revenue would come from the proposed ATC Hotel. Retail cannabis is being considered for more revenue, but I have concerns about its negative impact on youth and surrounding businesses.
The main long term drag on City finances continues to be pension liability. I will vote to continue honoring pension obligations, also recognizing that in the long term these obligations will subside.
The community is much better served with transparency and respectful dialogue. Better understanding between City government and the community, exploration and implementation of new ideas, and community buy-in to City actions are just a few of the benefits.
Topics with considerable community interest deserve public reports or town halls. I initiated a police/community safety town hall in the wake of racial unrest across the country. This is an ongoing opportunity to hear community policing and funding concerns. I support increasing town halls for public works projects such as the Perkins Park Landscape Plan, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and George Washington Park Management Plans.
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