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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City CouncilCity of SanteeNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of SanteeCity Council

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Legislative Director/Businessman
6,550 votes (28.21%)
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  • Protect and enhance Santee's family-friendly quality of life
  • Ensure public safety is the top budget priority
  • Support efforts to widen SR-52 and ensure developers of future projects compensate for traffic impacts
Profession:Legislative Director & Small Business Owner
President, The Avoyer Group, Inc. (2013current)
Commissioner, Santee Parks and Recreation Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
University of Pittsburgh Bachelor of Arts, English & History (2010)

Dedicated to public service and community involvement, Mason is running for Santee City Council to protect our quality of life, build on the city’s progress, help implement a vision for the future, and represent a new generation of Santee residents.

As the District Director for Assemblyman Brian Jones, Mason worked directly with constituents to solve problems, engaged in the legislative process, and served as a liaison between our community and the state.

Previously, Mason worked in the private sector as a consultant on a range of issues including law enforcement, land use, water, small business advocacy, and other critical policy areas. This experience taught him how to develop solutions to complex problems, garner community support, and implement public policies geared toward addressing short and long-term issues.

Mason plans to draw on these experiences to help our city maintain a thriving business climate, implement balanced budgets, keep taxes low, maintain low pension liabilities, and upgrade our infrastructure. He will also work to support and improve the amenities that strengthen our quality of life such as parks, roads, and public safety services.

In addition to his service in the public and private sectors, Mason has also worked to serve his community as a member of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary, Santee Kiwanis, and Santee Santas.

  • Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego
  • Santee Firefighters Association
  • Santee Mayor Randy Voepel
  • Santee Councilmember John Minto
  • Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • San Diegans Against Crime
  • California Republican Assembly
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego County Probation Officers Association
  • Deputy District Attorneys Association of San Diego

Protecting Public Safety

Summary

As your Councilmember, protecting public safety will be one of my top priorities and issues. I believe we must continue investing heavily in our Deputy Sheriffs’ and Firefighters to help maintain low crime rates, improve response times, and keep our neighborhoods safe.

After all, a government that neglects to keep its residents safe is failing at its most basic responsibility. As a candidate who believes in focusing on the basics, protecting public safety will be my primary objective.

 

 

Fire Department

In Santee, we live in an arid climate and we are surrounded by land and vegetation that is susceptible to wildfire at any given moment. Drought-conditions have exacerbated this problem.

In addition, when it comes to medical emergencies, a quick response time can mean the difference between life and death.

That’s why it’s critical that our firefighters and first-responders have adequate staffing, resources, equipment, and policies in place to ensure swift response times and to combat against a number of fire possibilities.

As your Councilmember, I look forward to doing the following in order to maintain a strong fire department:

  • Multiple meetings per year with our department supervisors and the Santee Firefighters Association to ensure I hear from direct stakeholders regarding the issues they face.
  • Regularly spend time at our city’s fire stations and participate in ride-alongs to absorb information, gather input, and anticipate issues.
  • Look for opportunities to utilize new or outside funding sources to procure equipment or upgrade infrastructure at our fire stations.
  • Work collaboratively with our fire department and public services department to ensure we reduce debris and bush throughout our city that could be a fire hazard.
  • Ongoing examination of our fire department staffing and morale to ensure our firefighters are able to consistently provide the fastest response times possible.
  • Constant review and consideration of changing national policy standards that are dedicated to maintaining adequate response times and protecting firefighter safety.
  • Study the wisdom, practicality, and community willingness of sharing our fire protection services with other local agencies with the hope of gaining greater efficiencies and improved services.

Deputy Sheriffs

We are fortunate to live in a relatively low-crime city, and we can attribute much of our good fortune to the fine work of the men and women who patrol our streets as Deputy Sheriffs.

However, if a resident is the victim of a crime, they don’t care what the crime rate is – for them, it’s 100%.

That’s why it’s important that we continue working hard to ensure our city is adequately staffed when it comes to our deputy sheriffs. We not only need available deputies to address crimes as they happen, but we need adequate staffing to address quality-of-life issues and engage in community policing – both of which are critically important to the prevention of crime.

As your Councilmember, I will implement the following strategies in order to strengthen public safety:

  • Regular meetings with rank-and-file deputies and supervisors to ensure our city is doing everything possible to support efforts to reduce crime and keep neighborhoods safe.
  • Continuing to fully fund law enforcement efforts in our city budget and ensuring public safety remains the largest portion of city expenditures.
  • Ongoing research on new developments in public safety approaches, strategies, and tools utilized throughout our region to determine if our city can find new ways to address public safety issues.
  • Placing a dedicated focus on the local homelessness issue, particularly along the San Diego River, to ensure that our law enforcement partners have the necessary resources and strategies to address this issue.
  • Continuous examination of our local crime rates to determine if new strategies are needed to address the consequences of new state laws that have provided for early release of those who have committed crimes.
  • Gathering input directly from the community on public safety issues to ensure our deputies are aware of increases in criminal activity in specific neighborhoods.

I believe these steps will play an important role in ensuring Santee remains a safe, family-friendly city. Additionally, as your Councilmember, I will be constantly open to new ideas on how we can protect public safety.

I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County, the San Diego County Probation Officers Association, San Diego Police Officers Association, the Deputy District Attorneys Association of San Diego, and San Diegans Against Crime. These organizations have endorsed me due to my strong commitment to protecting public safety and my clear vision for doing so.

 

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CITY OF SANTEE
Member of the City Council

MASON HERRON
Legislative Director/Businessman

I am running for Santee City Council to bring a new generation of leadership to Santee. I will work to protect and enhance our quality of life, build on the city’s progress, and help implement a vision for the future.

As a District Director for the State Legislature, I have worked directly with constituents to solve problems, engage in the legislative process, and serve as a liaison between our community and the state.

In the private sector, I have been a consultant on a range of issues including law enforcement, water sustainability, small business advocacy, and other critical policy areas.

I will draw on these experiences to grow our local economy, implement balanced budgets, keep taxes low, maintain low pension liabilities, and upgrade our infrastructure. I will also work to support and improve the amenities that strengthen our quality of life such as parks, roads, and public safety services.

I have worked to serve this community as a member of the Santee Kiwanis, Santee-Lakeside Rotary, and Santee Parks and Recreation Committee.

I am proud to be endorsed by Mayor Randy Voepel, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego.

I would be honored to have your vote.

Email mason@masonherron.org
Registered Nurse
9,882 votes (42.57%)Winning
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  • Place neighborhoods first and prevent traffic gridlock from overdevelopment!
  • Traffic solutions must occur before increased residential development!
  • No Fanita Ranch development without widening SR-52!
Profession:Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse, Sharp Healthcare (2008current)
President, Save Mission Trails — Elected position (2010current)
University of San Diego Master in Science of Nursing; Master in Business Administration, Healthcare Systems Administration; Business Administration (2003)
San Diego State University Bachelor in the Science of Nursing, Nursing Science (1998)

3rd generation Santee resident.

Santee School District educated.

Graduate of West Hills High School, Class of 1991.

Holds degrees from Grossmont College, SDSU, and USD.

Registered Nurse for 20 years.

President of Save Mission Trails.

Championed the battle to defeat the Quail Brush Power Plant.

Stopped the Power Plant and saved Santee property values by 5%.

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Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Santee, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Stephen Houlahan:

The most significant challenge facing the City of Santee is gridlocked traffic!  The people of Santee find themselves spending more and more time stuck in traffic and less and less time spent with their families.  If elected, I will demand that traffic mitigation must occur before additional residential development!  The Santee City Council must follow the "General Plan" and cease increasing the density of residential development to maximize the profits of out-of-town developers!  Property zoned for commercial use should not be converted to high-density residential use simply to increase profits for the few at the expense of the many!

Increasing traffic gridlock is one of the most significant challenges facing Santee. Santee residents are spending more and more time stuck in traffic, leaving less and less time to spend with their families. If elected, I will insist that traffic solutions occur before approving additional residential development! The Santee City Council should follow the Santee General Plan and stop increasing densities of residential development to maximize the profits of out-of-town developers! Property with commercial zoning should not be converted to residential use to increase profits for the few at the expense of Santee residents. 

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CITY OF SANTEE
Member of the City Council

STEPHEN HOULAHAN
AGE: 43
Registered Nurse, M.S., M.B.A.

Stephen Houlahan has a proven record of leadership that places Santee residents and their neighborhoods first!

Houlahan, as President and Co-founder of Save Mission Trails fought the ugly Quail Brush power plant resulting in its defeat and worked for the successful designation of SR-52 as a Scenic Highway.

Vote Houlahan. Residents need a councilmember that won’t buckle under pressure from out of town profiteers.

Houlahan stands firm against extreme proposals that would sell out Santee’s quality-of-life and further gridlock our roads.

Houlahan insists that traffic solutions must be in place before allowing more large traffic generating subdivisions.

Houlahan practices fiscal restraint. He is a Registered Nurse that holds a Master of Science and Master of Business Administration.

As a Registered Nurse, Houlahan does not have conflicts of interest, such as others who seek office for personal gain.

Houlahan is a West Hills graduate, a third generation resident, a father and a husband who loves Santee! Like most of you, he must drive on SR-52.

Houlahan will fight for police and firefighters, strong local businesses, excellent schools and parks while protecting our neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods first! Help Houlahan help you – elect Stephen Houlahan!

https://stephenhoulahan.org

— October 3, 2016 Houlahan for Council 2016

Stephen Houlahan RN, MSN, MBA, is a 3rd generation Santee resident running for Santee City Council.

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Dustin Trotter

Small Business Owner
6,784 votes (29.22%)
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  • Infrastructure
  • Public safety
  • Personal and private rights
Profession:Small business owner
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CITY OF SANTEE
Member of the City Council

DUSTIN TROTTER
Businessman and Community Advocate

Dustin Trotter is a business owner who built his company from the ground up through hard work and dedication and he brings that same level of commitment to his numerous volunteer works across the City of Santee.

Starting his career in carpentry at the age of 18, he quickly learned the trade moving into foreman by the age of 21. In 2005, at age 25, Dustin founded Trotter Door and Trim.

Over the past 18 years, through hands on management and close customer and vendor relationships, Dustin has developed the company into one of the premier general contracting firms in Santee.

Dustin has an extensive community advocate and volunteer record. He is an active member of the Santee Santas’ program, Santee Foodbank, Guardian Angels Church, Santee Parks and Recreation Committee, Santee Lakes Foundation, and an appointed member of the Community Oriented Policing Committee.

When he is not working or volunteering he spends time with his family; wife Genny and kids Kayla and Jaden.

Elect a man who has dedicated his life to Santee. Elect Dustin Trotter to Santee City Council.

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Email DustinTrotter92071@gmail.com

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