Coronado City Council Candidate Question #1
This week is your introductory piece … your “elevator pitch” if you will … “Why did you decide to run for the Coronado City Council, and what do you offer that sets you apart from the other candidates?”
Keep Coronado Special
Coronado is a special place. Communities like ours, with unique charm and character, don’t just happen on their own, they are shaped by dedicated leaders who devote their passion, energy and expertise to keeping them special. I am one of those leaders. I spent the first 30 years of my adult career serving and defending our nation. Having spent the past 4 years serving you, it would be a great honor to continue to represent the residents of Coronado as your Councilmember.
Four years ago, I promised you I would focus on public safety, underground infrastructure and traffic planning, while maintaining a financially sound city. In public safety, we hired an additional Dispatcher to allow text reporting of emergencies and an Emergency Coordinator to better prepare our community for all-hazards’ emergencies. In underground infrastructure, we installed 2.7 miles of new wastewater lines, replaced the Cays Trinidad pump station and designed a new Country Club Parker Pump Station. Our progress on undergrounding power lines has been slow, but we are moving forward on multiple projects in coordination with SDG&E. For traffic planning and mitigation, I remain committed to seeking relinquishment of Highways CA 75 and CA 282 from CALTRANS. In city finance, the pandemic had a negative impact on Coronado reserves, but through careful cost control, our budget remains balanced.
In my time as your Councilmember, I have taken Coronado’s issues to the state and national level through participation in the California League of Cities (CalCities) and the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee. I have given voice to border water infrastructure funding needs through an NLC resolution which circulated through Congress. As the 2023 Vice President of CalCities San Diego Division, I will further champion Coronado issues in environmental matters and the preservation of our local control.
I have committed myself to Coronado through years of volunteer service with our city commissions, committees and civic organizations. I listen to our citizens and work cooperatively to improve our city. My career of service, as an Eagle Scout, career Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer, as a volunteer in municipal government and as your Councilmember provides me with experience, unique among the candidates, to continue to be an effective leader and City Councilmember. My degrees in architecture, mechanical engineering, executive leadership and legal studies provide me with the broad background to effectively address matters of municipal government. Coronado is a great place to live and we need to continue to strengthen our community and address issues in a calm, reasoned manner.
I made Coronado my home when my career as a Navy EOD Officer brought me here in 1988. Numerous military assignments, involving both command and staff positions have taught me the value of listening to all views on an issue and the need to make clear decisions once all the facts are carefully considered. My subsequent federal government work coordinating interagency homeland security to improve the resilience of America’s ports and harbors has reinforced the need for collaboration and effective emergency plans. Working on our council and in an interagency, collaborative environment has reinforced the skills and problem-solving abilities needed to work with others and to effectively leverage regional relationships.
In addition to serving as your current Councilmember, I have served as Chairman of the Coronado Planning Commission, on the Coronado Community Emergency Response Team Board, the Street Tree Committee, and the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association Board. I participate in our local civic organizations as a committee chair for Coronado Rotary, the Past-President of the Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and as a trustee for Coronado’s VFW Post 2422. I am a member of the Coronado Historical Association, Coronado Floral Association, Coronado Cays Yacht Club, the Friends of the Coronado Library, a supporter of the Coronado Hospital Foundation, the Coronado 4th of July Committee, and the Coronado Promenade Concerts, among others. I understand municipal issues from both the city and citizen viewpoints and will continue to listen when Council faces difficult decisions.
As a Coronado homeowner for 30 years, I share your love for the special charm that makes our community one of a kind. My expert problem solving skills will ensure that the Coronado we love today will be the Coronado we love tomorrow.
I look forward to continuing my service to our community as your Councilmember.
VOL. 112, NO. 37 - Sept. 14, 2022