Public Service -Vietnam Veteran/Navy
- Former Mayor & City Councilmember
- Ventura County Leadership Academy Class XIII
- People To People Citizen Ambassador
- Peoples Republic of China
- Republic of Rwanda
Education – BS Pepperdine University School of Business & Mgmt.
Experience – 15 years of private sector business experience and 20 years
experience in Local and County Government.
Professional Risk Manager – 30 years
What are the major city issues of concern?
Our biggest challenges are a lack of City Council integrity, accountability and teamwork. These deficiencies have created a fiscal crisis of epic proportions involving erosion of financial reserves, claims by the Federal Government (HUD), and lawsuit concerns by the City’s Joint Powers Insuring Authority (JPIA). Our residents and leaders must work together to help right our community’s listing ship.
What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?
Historically, the city’s leaders have failed to recognize the critical need to plan within the city’s financial means. At the same time, the focus on revenue enhancements has lacked vision and energy.
What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?
Local businesses in Port Hueneme, on balance, continue to struggle. There have been some improvements as the State financial climate has improved, such as the addition of Ross Dress for Less and the rebuilds of McDonalds, Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr., and others. But, the small business community needs more support. Compounding this problem, the city urgently needs to hire a Community Development Director, Planner & Building Official.
What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?
If elected, I will push to hire a permanent Police Chief and add additional public safety resources to improve community involvement.
What are your housing concerns for the city? How will you address them in the future?
Port Hueneme has perhaps the most affordable housing availability in West Ventura County. My concern, is for the property values of residents and businesses. We have to find ways for more creative development.
How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?
Protection of natural resources and promoting economic vitality are crucial to the city’s future. Beach erosion must continually be monitored and addressed in a timely manner.
The City is in turmoil because of the perception by the residents that City Council is broken. I can and will repair this perception by helping to unify this Council as I did when I was Mayor. Leadership is much more than balancing the books of the municipal corporation although the books must be balanced. Leadership is working to improve the quality of life of all the people of Port Hueneme. My past actions as Mayor and councilmember prove that I have done this. Others may talk and promise. I point to my actions.
I have the qualifications, skills, dedication, experience, and temperament to provide the needed leadership to help our city recover.