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San Diego CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Kristin Diane Gaspar

San Diego County Supervisor
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Identify and invest in effective solutions to help the homeless.
  • Expand mental health services and help those struggling get back on their feet.
  • Invest in roads, infrastructure, and emergency preparedness, including wildfire prevention and response.

Experience

Experience

Profession:County Supervisor, CFO of health care provider
Chief Financial Officer, Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy (2004–current)
Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2016–current)
Mayor, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2014–2016)
Councilmember, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2010–2014)

Education

Arizona State University Bachelor of Art, Broadcast Journalism (2003)

Community Activities

Boardmember, Shoreline Preservation Working Group (2016–current)
Head Cheerleading Coach, La Costa Canyon Pop Warner (2012–current)
Boardmember and Chairwoman, San Dieguito River Park JPA (2016–2019)
Boardmember and Chairwoman, San Diego Workforce Partnership (2016–2018)
President, San Dieguito Water District (2012–2012)

Questions & Answers

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Make Housing More Affordable

Summary

Rising housing costs are driving our families out of San Diego to more affordable destinations.  San Diegans trying to get their first home or struggling to make ends meet are finding it more harder and harder.  I'm focused on effective solutions to the problem.

San Diego’s housing crisis has been driven by decades of inaction – by both political parties.  The median price of a home in San Diego County is nearly $600,000 this crisis is impacting our local economy and forcing many families to move out of state. 

As Mayor of Encinitas, Kristin worked closely with residents, home builders, and community planners to ensure that growth preserved the character of each of Encinitas’ unique communities. On the Board of Supervisors, she’s focused on removing regulatory barriers to new housing and reducing the time it takes to get projects approved. This is one of the most effective ways to slow the rising housing costs chasing our families out of California.

Kristin serves on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and has been a vocal critic of the agency’s new Regional Housing Needs Assessment methodology. The new RHNA forces extreme growth into high cost cities that are nearly entirely built out.  The methodology doesn’t consider feasibility or availability of land. Poor planning like this will slow the addition of new units because it ignores areas that could provide additional housing inventory in a sensible way.

Today, 1-in-5 San Diegans are living in a home they cannot afford and there are thousands of people living on our streets. However, we are on pace to build half as many new units in 2019 as were built in 2018 – it is actually getting worse!  

A recent study by Point Loma Nazarene University estimates that nearly half the cost of new construction is government regulation. The study shows that the approval process can now take up to 12 years and that cost of time alone can represent 15% of the cost of building a new home.  However, a modest reduction of 3% of the regulatory burdens could add an additional 6,750 units per year – in San Diego alone.

Kristin has worked to streamline project reviews, reduce fees and cut the time it takes to put new homes on the market.  She’s been an advocate for new housing that preserves community character and considers transit corridors and climate goals.  These efforts combined with her strong track record on housing are why Kristin has been endorsed by the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS and other housing advocates.

Improve Our Mental Health Services

Summary

Mental health issues are contributing to a growing number of homeless in San Diego, but there is also the unseen effects of mental health on teens, adults, and seniors alike.  I'm focused on identifying those in need and making sure we have the right kind of services to treat them.

While serving as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Kristin initiated a Board Conference to take an in-depth look at Caring for People in Psychiatric Crisis in San Diego County. The conference was the first-of-its-kind in California and addressed the complexities of the system of care for people struggling with mental health issues. These challenges are at the forefront of every jurisdiction across the state and nation and the conference provided a comprehensive perspective on the challenges we face in the region around our behavioral health continuum of care. 

In September, Kristin negotiated an agreement with Tri-City Medical Center to build a new mental health facility.  Tri-City board chair Leigh Anne Grass noted, “County supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar deserve applause for the long series of negotiations that resulted in an agreement."  The agreement opened the door to similar models in other parts of the County.

The County will spend $658 million this year on Behavioral Health Services and in order to optimize these investments, we must pair our ongoing investments with a collaborative approach and leverage every dollar for the greatest collective impact.

Investing In Our Roads and Infrastructure

Summary

Traffic continues to plague San Diegans and it is important that we complete long-promised road improvements while also investing in our critical infrastructure while ensuring that we meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

Roads and infrastructure are a top concern for Kristin.  Last year, she launched the Building Better Roads initiative, which has quickly gained national attention for its innovative approach to fixing our roads. A working group built of industry leaders and regional stakeholders were able to identify and implement efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable strategies to pave more lane miles while saving taxpayer dollars.

In 2004, San Diego County taxpayers approved a 40-year extension of TransNet, a half-cent sales tax to fund the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG’s) Regional Transportation Plan through 2048. SANDAG promised voters it would use the money to expand freeways, among other things.  Now SANDAG wants to divert that money from the long-awaited expansion of State Routes 52, 56, 67, 78, and Interstate 805 and invest it all into San Diego mass transit. That is not what voters agreed to. While Kristin supports a balanced mass transit plan, she opposes raiding the TransNet funds from the road improvements voters were promised.  

In addition to relieving traffic congestion, it is critical that we have reliable and efficient roads so emergency personnel can quickly get in and residents can safely get out during wildfires and emergencies. Without these necessary road improvements, our freeways will continue to be clogged and it is just a matter of time before we experience catastrophic loss.

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