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City Council, Seat 2 —City of Chula VistaJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

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June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

City of Chula VistaCity Council, Seat 2

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Retired Firefighter
2,521 votes (24.2%)Winning
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  • Supporting the hiring of more Police Officers and Firefighters to keep our community and school children safe and secure.
  • To bring more businesses and jobs to Chula Vista to generate revenue to help pay for city services and infrastructure. Simplify the process and timeline to starting a new business.
  • Implement strict regulations on the Chula Vista marijuana industry.
Profession:Retired Firefighter & Small Business Owner
Co Owner, Third Avenue Alehouse (2015–current)
Defensible Space Inspector, CAL FIRE DEPARTMENT (2014–2017)
Fire Captain, San Diego County Fire Authority (2009–2012)
Firefighter EMT-D, Relief Engineer, Secret Security Clearance, Federal Fire Department San Diego (1991–2009)
Security Police Supervisor, Patrol Dog Handler, SWAT Marksman, Secret Clear, USAF and USAFRES (1975–1992)
Southwestern Junior College A.A., Criminology and EMT-D (2005)
Federal Law Enforcement Academy, Glynco, GA Immigration Officer, Immigration and US Law (1985)
Lackland AFB Security Police Academy, Texas. USAF Security Police Honor Graduate, Patrol Dog Handler, Air Base Ground Defense. Secret Security Clearance, Law Enforcement, Security, Patrol Dog training, Nuclear Weapon's security and Combat Training. (1982)
Member, American Legion Post 434, Chula Vista, CA (2018–current)
Volunteer, First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista, CA (2009–current)
Volunteer up to President, Magnificent Seven Race Team (1975–2004)
Spec-Ed classroom volunteer, Chula Vista Elementary School District (1984–1987)
Member: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer Scout, Boy Scouts of America, San Diego County Branch (1964–1975)

The following is a brief outline of my background. 

 As a retired firefighter, former law enforcement officer, military veteran, and small business owner, I bring a broad base of experience to the table. I grew up in Chula Vista, my wife is a teacher here, and we raised our family here. Our children graduated from Hilltop High School. Our grandchildren are growing up here. Because of this strong and deep connection with other Chula Vistans, I can relate to them, and they to me. It’s a special, unique bond. I will draw upon my lifetime of experiences to give back to the community that I love and to which I owe so much. 

 I am not a career politician. I have no hidden agenda to use this position as a stepping-stone. Chula Vista is my home - always has been, and always will be. My goal is to make Chula Vista an even better place to live and raise a family. I want to preserve and protect our sense of community for our grandchildren and our great grandchildren. I am a life-long Chula Vistan, a family man, who has the qualifications and experience to relate to and represent the citizens of Chula Vista. I would be honored to earn your vote.

 

(Use of photograph in uniform does not imply endorsement by Cal Fire).

 

 

 

 

  • CSM and Federal Firefighter Bud McLeroy, US Army Reserve / Federal Fire Department San Diego, Ret.
  • Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Ret.
  • Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton, Ret.
  • Division Chief Robert Scott, San Marcos Fire Department, Ret.
  • Chula Vista Police Department, Police Chief Rick Emerson, Ret.
  • Dr. Mark Barraza DDS, Chula Vista, CA

I want to protect and preserve the sense of community that we have always felt living here in Chula Vista.  I want the citizens of Chula Vista to live with this same sense of community. Of pride, security, family, friendships. A place where anyone would be proud to call home.

We’ve had some growing pains. There are also some big decisions and important issues that must be addressed in order to provide a good home for future generations. However these decisions cannot be made without taking in a broad view and allowing the voices of all Chula Vistans to be heard. I am a moderate and I like to look at all the information before making a decision on anything.  

- For the last decade, Historical Downtown Chula Vista - Third Ave Village was like a ghost town. Nothing was going on down there. No one visited Third Ave anymore. 

Our family took a chance and opened a small business on 3rd Ave. We won the Mayors Award for Neighborhood Revitalization.  “If you build it, they will come”. We wanted to bring Third Ave back to life. Today, it is bustling with activity. 

We need to do the same for other areas of West Chula Vista as well. Let’s revitalize Broadway, F St, E, and others. There is so much hidden charm and potential in these forgotten neighborhoods. We want our children, our grandchildren, and their children to experience that same sense of community that we have always enjoyed. I want to ensure that our community remains a safe and great place to live for all Chula Vistans.

Public Safety

Summary

Public Safety staffing and the need for more police officers and firefighters.

Chula Vista Police Department is approaching crisis. Currently the Police Department has .82 officers for every 1000 citizens of Chula Vista. The national standard is 1.2 officers per 1000 citizens. Chula Vista is 132 officers short. What does this mean to you, the citizen? It means response times for the Police Department for 911 emergency ( Priority 1 and 2 ) calls average 7 minutes or longer. They should be 6 minutes or less. Priority 3 and 4 calls are often handled by a police report taken in person or over the phone, hours after the complaint was called in. Our Police Department is stretched thin, even as the city has grown larger every year since 2008. We must staff our Police Department with enough officers to properly protect our citizens against the threats that are all around us.   The City of Chula Vista has grown 25% since 2008. The Fire Department is 44 firefighters short based on this growth. Their 911 call response time should be under 5 minutes, but are often 7-9 minutes, or more with cross-town calls.   This isn’t about earning large salaries and benefits as reported. It is about providing a level of fire and medical safety that our citizens deserve when in need. If Measure A should pass, I will work hard so that the revenue promised for increased staffing of the Police Department and the Fire Department will ONLY go toward increased staffing of these two departments, to make Chula Vista a more desirable and safer place to live and raise a family.If Measure A should not pass, my aim will be to find the money to bring staffing levels up to where they should be. As a small business owner, when the budget is down, we just dont write blank checks, hoping more money will come in. We work the schedules, see where cost savings can be implemented, and find the revenue to make our businesses work. Without having to raise the price of the products sold to the consumer. I will use this same technique too, when dealing with the budget, to ensure we live in a safe community that we can all call home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Summary

Fostering economic development in Chula Vista. 

Fostering economic development in Chula Vista is crucial to our city's well being. Attracting large and small businesses increases revenue and helps pay for increased city services, such as Police and Fire parks and recreation, public works, sewers, street and sidewalk repairs. Starting more businesses creates positions for our citizens to work at, thereby reducing joblessness and poverty. Small businesses such as ours breathes life into our community.

When others warned against and laughed at our idea of opening a new business on Third Avenue, my family and I opened a business there, helping to spark the revitalization of Downtown Chula Vista's Third Avenue Village. For our hard work, we were awarded the" Mayor's Award for Neighboorhood  Revitalization". Chula Vista needs someone like myself that can foster new businesses and build employment oppurtunities like we have done for our employees at the Third Avenue Alehouse.   Using that same visionary drive, I will push hard to also revitalize the rest of west Chula Vista, which includes Broadway. We will work toimprove the look of our business districts, and build a bicycle and pedestrian friendly Broadway for our families and tourists to enjoy. Along those same lines, guiding the redevelopment of F Street, from the Bayfront to Third Avenue, is crucial to bringing guests to Third Avenue and from Third Avenue to the Bayfront hotel and businesses.   The Bayfront project will launch in 2019. This is located in District 2. I will watch it closely to ensure it is finally built out completely and efficiently for the enjoyment and use of both our local citizens and tourists to our fine city, Chula Vista.

MARIJUANA AND CHULA VISTA

Summary

Chula Vista was once known as the Lemon capital. We do not want to replace that as the Marajuna capital.

MARIJUANA AND CHULA VISTA   Chula Vista was once known as the Lemon Capital. We do not want to replace that with being known as the Marijuana Capital. I will work hard for regulating the Marijuana being grown and sold in store fronts. At the same time, the black marketing of illegal drug sales will not be tolerated, and I will work toward strong regulations of the legal store fronts and mobile marijuana delivery services in Chula Vista. My commitment to you, is that I will protect our children, families, and our city from becoming overgrown with marijuana fields and storefronts. Keeping our community and school children safe in these challenging times will be my first priority.
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[The estimated cost for Chula Vista Councilmember candidates to publish a statement in the sample ballot was $1,100 at the time of filing.]

CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

STEVE STENBERG
Gender: M
Occupation: Firefighter/Small Businessman

Steve Stenberg has protected and served our neighborhoods, city, state, and nation for more than 40 years. Steve will continue that service as a Chula Vista City Councilmember.

Steve Stenberg served in the Air Force, then joined the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs, before becoming a Firefighter. Steve and his family opened a small business in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista, earning the Mayor's Award for Neighborhood Revitalization.

As a Councilmember, Steve Stenberg will work hard to increase public safety staffing so our families will be safer. Adding firefighters and police officers will improve response times.

Steve Stenberg will insure the city brings quality jobs and will make economic development a top priority. Bringing good jobs into our city will increase local revenue.

Steve Stenberg will make sure our city streets and parks are maintained and our tax dollars are spent on the areas that need it most. 

Steve Stenberg grew up in Chula Vista and attended local schools. He and his wife, Dr. Melinda Stenberg, a Sweetwater School District employee, raised their family here.

Steve Stenberg will insure Chula Vista remains a great place to live, work, and raise our families.

Steve Stenberg respectfully asks for your vote for Chula Vista City Councilmember.

www.stevestenberg.com

 

http://www.chulavistaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=16509

Business Owner/Treasurer
2,411 votes (23.1%)Winning
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  • Safeguard our tax dollars to ensure that police and fire departments are fully staffed.
  • Stand up for Northwest Chula Vista residents and businesses, ensure that they are heard and represented.
  • Champion infrastructure improvements such as undergrounding power lines, fixing streets and sidewalks, trimming trees, and improving safety conditions at night with better lighting for pedestrians and in neighborhoods.
Profession:Business Owner and Treasurer
Vice President, Sales and Operations, FastBlue Communications (2005–2011)
Board Member, Chula Vista Heritage Museum Board (a division of the Chula Vista Public Library) — Appointed position (2002–2009)
Board Member, Chula Vista Downtown Third Avenue Design Review Commission — Appointed position (2003–2006)
Western Region Manager; Operations Manager/Human Resources Manager, AT&T (1993–1998)
Vice President - Networks, InterVU (Akamai Technologies) (1998–1998)
Marketing Representative (Commercial); Contracts (Federal), IBM (1987–1992)
Local Government Reporter; Township Clerk weekly television series producer, HOM-TV local government cable television station (1986–1988)
AT&T Professional Management Training Branch Operations Management certification (San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, San Bernardino, Hawaii), Budget management and forecasting, revenue tracking, asset management, information technology (1998)
AT&T Professional Management Training Human Resource Management Certification, Contract law, Federal and State employment law, employee benefits training, employee evaluation second level oversight (1995)
Malcom Baldridge Business Processes Performance Excellence Certificate, Quality Business Process Engineering (1992)
IBM University Certified network design specialist, Computer networking and design (1992)
Michigan State University B.S. Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science (1989)
Board Member, Historic Home Tour organizer, Chula Vista Historic Home Tours / Chula Vista Heritage Museum (2002–current)
Board Member, Historic Home Tour organizer, Chula Vista Historic Home Tours / Chula Vista Heritage Museum (2002–current)
Volunteer, Businesswoman Guest Presenter, Junior Achievement (2017–current)
Head Coach, Hilltop Middle School and Hilltop High School, Science Olympiad (2006–2012)
Board Member, San Diego Junior Theater (2002–2006)

Jill Galvez has worked as a local government reporter, a corporate Vice President, a regional business operations manager, an active volunteer in Northwest Chula Vista, and recently as a small business owner in Northwest Chula Vista.

All of her experiences have prepared her to serve you on the city council.

Jill and her husband, Victor Galvez, have been married and living in Northwest Chula Vista since 1992.

They raised their two adult children, Tatiana and Galileo, in the same historic Chula Vista home at the corner of Hilltop and Peppertree Road for almost 24 years.

Both Galvez children and Victor attended Hilltop High School.

Jill cares deeply about Chula Vista, and is determined to protect and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Chula Vista.

You may know her from the Chula Vista Historic Home Tours, Chula Vista Heritage Museum, Junior Theater, the Downtown Business Association, Crossroads II, Rosebank Elementary PTC, Hilltop Middle and High School Science Olympiad, Junior Achievement, or from the annual Quin Murphy Scholarship Fund event.

Jill knows how to budget and manage resources.

She was entrusted with large budgets and complex projects at both IBM and AT&T and delivered results.

As a local government watchdog, Jill has paid attention to Chula Vista’s expenses and revenues for decades. 

She is ready to roll up her sleeves and start working for YOU!

Jill will make you proud. Jill won’t let you down.

 

 

  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
  • Dr. Eduardo Reyes, Chula Vista Elementary School District Board Member
  • Roberto Alcantar, Southwestern College Board Member

It is time that Northwest Chula Vista receives the attention and care that we deserve. 

Jill will safeguard our tax dollars and keep us safe by fully staffing police and fire.

Jill will stand up for Northwest Chula Vista residents, listen to your concerns, and advocate to protect and enhance your quality of life.

Jill will champion infrastructure resources for our community’s specific needs, including undergrounding power lines, fixing and cleaning streets and sidewalks, trim trees, adequately lighting  areas that need it most at night.

Jill will make you proud. Jill won’t let you down.

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Source: City Clerk, City of Chula Vista

[The estimated cost for Chula Vista Councilmember candidates to publish a statement in the sample ballot was $1,100 at the time of filing.]

CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

JILL M. GALVEZ
Age: 50
Gender: F
Occupation: Business Owner/Treasurer

Northwest Chula Vista is the best place on earth to live, raise a family, and retire. Chula Vistans enjoy a beautiful small town feeling, even as our city has grown and changed over the years.

We love Chula Vista, but we know it can improve with the right focus, leadership, and determination.

Jill Galvez is passionate about Northwest Chula Vista. You know Jill from Chula Vista's Historic Home Tours, volunteering in our schools, advocating for better local government.

Jill Galvez began her career as a local government reporter. She earned an engineering degree and went to work for IBM, AT&T, and FastBlue Communications. Jill is experienced in operations and human resources management; she managed large budgets and produced results.

Jill and Victor Galvez have been married for 26 years. Victor graduated from Hilltop High School, as did the couple's two adult children. The Galvez family has lived at Hilltop and Peppertree Road for 23+ years.

Jill will insist that public safety is staffed at the level needed to keep us safe.

Jill will ensure that the Bayfront works for us.

Jill will tend to aging infrastructure needs, fix streets and sidewalks, and underground power lines.

Jill will put her constituents first and always return your calls!

Please join Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas - Vote for Jill Galvez!

www.JillGalvez.com

 

http://www.chulavistaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=16495

Housing Boom in Chula Vista — April 12, 2018 https://www.nbcsandiego.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Housing-Booming-in-Chula-Vista_San-Diego-479221783.html

NBC 7’s Joe Little interviews Jill Galvez about how the housing boom in Chula Vista will impact residents.

Teacher/Housing Commissioner
1,798 votes (17.3%)
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  • Housing: More affordable housing and lower rent; help for the homeless and relief for residents
  • Infrastructure: Repaired potholes and sidewalks; more streetlights and trimmed trees; more public safety personnel, faster emergency response times, and lower crime
  • Accessible Government: More transparency and accountability; West Chula Vista getting the attention we deserve from City Hall
Profession:Teacher/Housing Commissioner
Teacher, Sweetwater Union High School District (2016–current)
Commissioner, Chula Vista Housing Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2017–current)
Board Member, Crossroads II — Elected position (2016–current)
Volunteer, Beautify Chula Vista — Elected position (2015–current)
President, Eastlake Bonita Democratic Club — Elected position (2017–current)
Volunteer, St. John’s Episcopal Church and School — Elected position (2012–2016)
San Diego State University Teaching Certificate (2012)
San Diego State University Bachelors Degree (2010)

Patrick MacFarland is a lifelong resident of District 2 in Chula Vista. The son of two teachers, Patrick joined his family legacy by pursuing a career in education as well. As an educator, he has focused on empowering students to learn about and interact with their government-- with the belief that future generations of Americans should be taught to use their civic voices to create positive change in their communities.

As a community activist, Patrick has continued his efforts to engage and empower citizens by organizing community meetings and town halls to educate Chula Vistans about their city. He has worked tirelessly to register hundreds of voters and organize events and schools to promote civic responsibility among voting-age students. He has been involved in campaigns and political groups throughout South Bay to increase the visibility of South Bay voters and their influence in the county. He has also been active in Beautify Chula Vista, and volunteered at St. John's Episcopal Church and School tutoring students and reading to seniors.

As a member of the Chula Vista Housing Advisory Commission, Patrick advises on housing issues that impact the community. He also sits on the board for Crossroads II, a land use community group that advocates for smart growth, infrastructure, and bringing more jobs to Chula Vista.

Patrick is known in the community for fighting for those in need-- seniors, homeless, impoverished students, immigrants-- he uses his voice and knowledge of civic engagement to advocate on behalf of those who need it most.

Patrick received his bachelor's degree and certificate in teaching from SDSU. He speaks English, Spanish, and French and enjoys riding his bicycle to Hilltop Park. Patrick lives in Downtown Chula Vista. 

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins
  • Senator Ben Hueso
  • Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action
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CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

PATRICK MACFARLAND
Gender: M
Occupation: Teacher/Housing Advisory Commissioner

Patrick MacFarland -- Fresh Vision. Fresh Ideas. Fresh Leadership.

Patrick MacFarland knows our children's future can't wait. Patrick MacFarland is stepping up to our challenges now.

Politics-as-usual does not work. Patrick MacFarland is the fresh, new leader we need.

Patrick MacFarland is a third generation Chula Vistan already serving as a Housing Commissioner.

Patrick MacFarland is a classroom teacher with deep roots in our community, and a board member of the community group Crossroads II.

Chula Vista cannot afford to wait. Our actions today determine what kind of community we leave to future generations. Patrick MacFarland knows innovation and working together can solve problems and help our neighborhoods become safe and affordable while protecting our most vulnerable neighbors.

Patrick MacFarland will find long-term solutions to long-unsolved problems.

Patrick MacFarland puts neighborhoods first. He'll fight to keep public safety our first priority, solve police and fire staffing shortage, homelessness, lack of jobs, crumbling sidewalks and traffic congestion.

Patrick MacFarland will support small businesses and attract new ones, and make City Hall more accessible so our voices are heard. 

The people of Chula Vista are Patrick MacFarland's top priority.

Endorsements: Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senator Ben Hueso, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Chula Vista Council Member Steve Padilla, Chula Vista Mayor Robert McAllister (ret.), Chula Vista Elementary School Board Member Laurie Humphrey

www.patrickmacfarland.com

 

http://www.chulavistaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=16515

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Steve Castaneda

Sweetwater Authority Board Member
1,399 votes (13.4%)
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CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

STEVE CASTANEDA 
Gender: M
Occupation: Sweetwater Authority Board Member

Steve Castaneda: Fighting for Northwest's Fair Share

When Steve was first elected, the City Council majority lived in Eastern Chula Vista. Despite this representational disadvantage, Steve delivered concrete results for our neighborhood.

Steve fought to tear down the South Bay Power Plant, financed Third Avenue improvements, invested $10 million in sidewalks and curbs, fully funded the police department, and ensured a representative voice for you by implementing district elections.

As a Sweetwater Authority Board member, Steve has opposed rate increases while increasing local sources of water. His proven track record of fighting for Northwest Chula Vista's fair share earned him the endorsement of our Councilmember Pat Aguilar.

Steve is capable of hitting the ground running, day one.

Using his experience and skills, Steve will address Northwest's growing homeless population, disproportionate infrastructure deficit, and under patrolled streets. While tackling current problems, Steve will ensure a bright future by revitalizing our commercial corridors — especially Broadway — and making our parks better, cleaner, and safer for all. 

Steve is married with three children, a Sweetwater Authority Board member, two-time City Councilmember, Board member of a Chula Vista nonprofit rehabilitation center, and recent cancer survivor.

Vote for Experience we can trust. Vote Steve Castaneda

www.SteveforChulaVista.com

 

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Jesse Navarro

Community Relations Director
1,041 votes (10%)
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CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

JESSE NAVARRO
Gender: M
Occupation: Director of Community Relations

Chula Vista has been my home for many years and I have demonstrated my civic committment by serving in the public safety and ethics commissions. I continue to serve as a board member of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Southwestern College foundation.

My extensive background in business, law enforcement and community for over forty years allows me to understand the frustrations of business owners with government bureaucracy and will work hard every day to improve all investments in Chula Vista. I will create a safer environment by working with our police, fire and other city departments to improve our quality of life as I have for many years.

Most recently, I have been Director of Community Relations for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. In that role, I help crime victims and those who struggle to have their voices heard.

I'm a family man who has been married to my wonderful wife for fifty years and have raised our children and grandchildren in our community with pride.

I have demonstrated commitment that makes me uniquely suited to serve you with honor and integrity on the Chula Vista City Council.

 

http://www.chulavistaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=16503

Businessman/Planning Commissioner
579 votes (5.6%)
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  • Fund police and fire services to national and state standards.
  • Accelerate the implementation of the Bayfront Master plan. Negotiate community benefits agreements to ensure revenues generated in Chula Vista, stays in Chula Vista.
  • Create new jobs by providing competitive tax incentives to attract larger employers in the field of science, medicine, education, and biotech industries. Support the growth of small businesses by partnering with local business and trade associations.
Profession:Business owner, Planning Commissioner
President, Southbay International Partners (2013–2018)
President, Marina Vista Escrow (2014–2018)
Planning Commissioner, Chula Vista City Council — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Growth Management Oversight Commissioner, Chula Vista City Council — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Board Director, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors — Elected position (2016–2018)
Government Affairs Committee Chair, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors — Appointed position (2015–2017)
Housing Commissioner, Chula Vista City Council — Appointed position (2015–2016)
National Trust For Historic Preservation Certified Practitioner, Historic Preservation (2002)
San Diego State University Certified Practitioner, Community Economic Development (1999)
London Business School Bachelor of Science, Industrial Management (1977)
Member, Chula Vista Democratic Club (2017–2018)
Member, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce (2017–2018)
Board Director, PSAR (2016–current)
Government Affairs Committee Chair, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (2015–2017)

I believe that my 25+ years of community economic development experience can be a valuable asset as Chula Vista enters a period of exciting opportunities with a major bayfront development effort and downtown 3rd Ave. beautification planning well underway. 

I have been an entrepreneur starting and building several small-to-mid size companies and, for more than 15 years, a community developer and small business advocate.  My experience includes a prior role as the former director of the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), a non-profit business organization that assists with the revitalization of Downtown San Diego. I oversaw implementation of San Diego’s first property-based business improvement district (PBID) while serving with DSDP, also known as Clean & Safe program.  Clean and Safe improves Downtown's appearance and enhances public safety. 

Additionally, I served on the leadership team at the Jacob Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a San Diego non-profit that partnered with residents in Southeastern San Diego for community change. As the Jacobs Center’s business development director, I was part of San Diego’s largest social enterprise designed to create jobs for local residents and serve as a destination business model. I was involved with the development of several office, retail and industrial properties, including Market Creek Plaza commercial center, which created local business, jobs and resident ownership opportunities. I also served on the board of the Southeastern Diamond Business District, serving as 2011-2012 chair.

 As a co-author of the City of San Diego's first Micro-Lending program, during President Clinton's administration, I was awarded the highest recognition by the Federal Government for my significant contributions to the U.S economy. 

 

I am no stranger to public service.  I currently serve on the Chula Vista Planning Commission and Growth Management Oversight Commission.

 

 

 

  • Pamela Bensoussan, former Chula Vista Councilmember
  • Patty Davis, former Chula Vista Councilmember
  • Kevin Marshall, President of the Southbay YMCA
  • Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors
  • Javier Nava, Chula Vista Planning Commissioner
  • Dr. Hamid Mani, Co-founder of California Retina Associates
  • Bill Hall, Port Commissioner Emeritus
  • Dita Yamane, National City Planning Commissioner

As an immigrant to our great country, I have decided to run for City Council because I believe it is our civic responsibility to invest our time and talents in the community where we live.  Chula Vista has been my home for 15 years.  It is where my wife Claudia and I launched and operate our businesses and I have served on multiple appointed public positions. 

I want to use my experience to assure that the Chula Vista development opportunities are socially and environmentaly responsible and honor the past while embracing a vision of the future created in collaboration with its citizens.  I want to engage residents and business owners to determine the kinds of businesses we want and need that build on the history and heritage of Chula Vista.

I believe local governments need experienced leaders to remain relevant, be financially responsible, and provide high-level city services to support growth. I am a problem-solver by nature and my personal journey as an immigrant has taught me that we earn every opportunity and have a responsibility to care for each other and our environment.  I would bring with me to my role as a City Councilmember an innovative spirit, a passion for economic & community revitalization and a belief that citizens should take ownership of change.

Chula Vista's population is projected to grow to 350,000 by 2035

Summary

What is ahead for Chula Vista …

Chula Vista’s population is projected to grow to 350,000 by 2035.  To prepare Chula Vista for this significant growth, we must implement policies that improve the economic well-being and quality of life for our residents.  Create new revenue sources to support highly responsive, fully-staffed, and well-equipped public safety agencies.

 

 

Our Call to Action

·        Market Chula Vista as a world-class destination to large employment-based companies

·        Streamline the City’s regulatory and permitting process

 ·       Elect visionary leadership with relevant experience to the city council to get the job done

·        Enact policies that are in the best interest of our residents and protect our community assets 

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How do we prepare Chula Vista for this time of economic growth?

As your Councilmember, I will use my decades of experience in business management, economic development, and community building to:

  • Fund public safety services to state-level standards
  • Spruce up our aging infrastructure
  • Fully support our growing small business community
  • Grow our local economy
  • Advance the development of our Bayfront masterplan
  • Advocate for a University in Chula Vista
  • Promote Chula Vista as a destination city within our region

That is the Chula Vista I want to help create!

Together we can bring a strong vision to Chula Vista.  I invite you to join me to move us forward towards our goal.

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: City Clerk, City of Chula Vista

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CITY OF CHULA VISTA -- City Councilmember, District 2

MAX ZAKER
Age: 52
Occupation: Father/Husband/Local Business Owner/Chula Vista Planning Commissioner

Imagine the Third Avenue Village lined up with exciting restaurants and shops showcasing Chula Vista's rich culture. Envision a world-class Chula Vista Bayfront that is a regional attraction. New economic opportunities that can support funding for police and fire, as well as city services. Imagine a Chula Vista with safe and walkable neighborhoods, and expanded economic opportunities to ensure a better tomorrow for our children. That is the Chula Vista we can create.

For the past 28 years, I have owned and operated many small- to mid-size businesses and directed several publicly-funded, social-enterprise programs that created hundreds of local jobs. My wife, a Chula Vista native and former County Deputy Sheriff, and I currently own businesses in Chula Vista employing more than 150 residents. Additionally, I currently serve Chula Vista as a Planning Commissioner and as a Growth Management Oversight Commissioner.

I am an entrepreneur and a public servant. My problem-solving nature and personal journey as an immigrant has taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, social justice, and responsibility to care for each other, our community, and our environment. I am ready to go to work for you.

Together, we can build a thriving Chula Vista.

Maxforchulavista.com

 

http://www.chulavistaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=16511

— April 5, 2018 Zaker for Chula Vista Council 2018

Max sharing his personal journey and vision for Chula Vista.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The city of Chula Vista is hoping "Granny Flats" will help ease the county's affordable housing crisis.

— May 27, 2018 Candidate

Why I'm running ...

— May 27, 2018 Candidate

Public safety is the core function of our city government.

— May 27, 2018 Candidate

Your voice, your feedback, and your comments resonated me.  I'm ready to go to work for you.

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