I came into the political arena as an activist supporting the interest of small businesses along Main Street and the neighborhoods of Chula Vista. Before being elected to the Chula Vista City Council in 2006, I served on the Board of Ethics, the General Plan Update Steering Committee and the Bayfront Citizens Advisory Committee as well as many other civic boards.
While on the Chula Vista City Council, my focus was always to address problems in the neighborhoods. During my tenure, the City was in deep financial crisis due to the great recession. As a council, we managed to stabilize city finances through cost cuts at the same time maintain essential city services.
We addressed public safety issues through specific community based policing projects and we established paramedic services within our Fire Department for the first time in the history of our City ensuring better emergency care and saving lives in the process. On the issues of growth, we insisted that developers pay, in advance, their fair share for infrastructure improvements in order to mitigate impacts.
As promised when first elected, I started “Public Office Hours” and ultimately held over 100 public meetings in Chula Vista keeping me well grounded in my community.
My experience as a small business owner, civic leader and Councilman make me the best candidate for Mayor in the coming election.