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City of ReddingCandidate for City Council

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Mark B. Mezzano

California Highway Patrol Sergeant, Retired
19,842 votes (26.26%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety. Given the current sentiment towards law enforcement, I feel it most important to have a person with my 28 years of experience protecting the public on the City Council in Redding.
  • Economic Recovery and Responsible Development. Covid-19 has created untenable hardship on our business community. Helping local business survive is critical. Attracting new business and creating more jobs in a responsible manor is paramount.
  • Homelessness is at an all time high and will rise even more because of Covid-19. Cities across the nation are enjoying some success with a variety of programs. I want to use the best of these programs to attack this crisis in Redding.

Experience

Experience

Profession:California Highway Patrol Sergeant, Retired
Sergeant, California Highway Patrol (1983–2011)
Sergeant, California Highway Patrol (1983–2011)
California Highway Patrol Sergeant, California Highway Patrol — Elected position (1983–2011)

Education

California Specialized Training Institute Graduate, Crisis Communications and the Media, I, II, III (current)
Northeastern Illinois University (1975)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Youth sports coach, Collegiate golf coach, Kiwanis, Yucaipa Little League, Mt. Shasta Little League, Fellowship of Christian Athletes for At Risk Youth, Simpson University (1990–2014)

Biography

It has been a privilege serving the people of California for over two decades as a member of the California Highway Patrol.  Throughout my career, I learned effective leadership could best be accomplished by putting personal agendas aside and talking with those around your expressing a genuine disire to develop workable solutions for the issues at hand. I served as both a field officer and sergeant in Ontario, San Brnardino, Mount Shasta, Redding and Sacramento.  I participated in two multi-agency task forces focusing on general law enforcement and vehicle theft.  In San Bernardino we focused on general law enforcement, including but not limited to  murder, robbery, prostution, sexual assualt, narcotics and child endangerment.  In San Bernardino County I conducted complex and protracted investigations targeting the professional vehicle thief.  I was responsible for the dismanteling an international auto theft ring operating in both San Bernardino CA and New York.   I served as the division public affairs coordinator in two separate CHP divisions where I taught local officers how to present a variety of traffic safety programs to their community.  I was also responsible for media relations related to the actions of the California Highway Patrol.  I have represented the department with state, county and local fire officials during wildland fire emergencies.  I am a frequent speaker at civic events, public/private schools, corporations, and allied agencies covering subjects including traffic safety, driving unter the influence, driver education, senior driving and human trafficking.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe the people have the power and not the people in power.  I support our long standing form of government where the supreme power is anchored in the people and conducted by them both directly and indriectly through representation accomplished with free elections.  We must respect personal liberty, rights and, equality of all Americans.  It is my phylosophy government should exercise transperancy in every aspect.  Government will be successful if the elected officials are able to converse with the people they represent and are willing to set aside personal agendas for the betterment of society.  

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