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City of EscondidoCandidate for City Treasurer

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Blaise J. Jackson

School Board Member
6,925 votes (17.44%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Independence - Keeping the Treasury position responsive to the taxpaying voters of Escondido
  • Transparency - enhancing public access to the District's investment reporting through better internet access
  • Integrity - Adhering to State regulatory requirements to keep surplus District funds safe and accessible when needed.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Local Government Attorney / School District Board member
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Scott & Jackson (1999–current)
School Board Trustee, San Pasqual Union School District — Elected position (2007–current)
Executive Director, San Pasqual School Foundation — Appointed position (2003–2006)
Trial Attorney, Aiken D'Angelo & Banner (Claims Litigation - Farmers Insurance Group of Cos) (1994–1999)
Attorney at Law, Testa & Associates (1993–1994)
Claims Rep/Examiner, Farmers Insurance Group (1986–1993)

Education

University of San Diego Juris Doctorate (cum Laude), Law (1992)
University of California at Los Angeles B.A. , Political Science (1982)

Community Activities

Life Member, UCLA Alumni Association (2013–current)
Volunteer Coach/scorekeeper, Escondido National Little League (1998–2006)
Legal Clinic Volunteer, North County Lifeline - Vista, CA (2002–2004)
Judge pro Tem (small claims division), Superior Court of California, San Diego County (2001–2003)

Biography

I'm a native Southern Californian. I was born and raised in Los Angeles County. I met my wife of 31 years (and counting) at UCLA in the early 1980s.  We moved to San Diego after marrying in 1985, and we've lived in Escondido since 1991. Our two sons are the product of the local, public schools and the University of California.   My Law degree was earned from USD (with honors) in 1992, and I attended school at night while working full time.  Since 1999 my law practice has focused on advising Special Districts in a variety of legal matters, including the hows, wheres and whens of investing surplus funds.  I've spend 9 years serving on the local school board, and three years before that running the school's local education foundation.  I'm not endorsed by any member of the current City council, and that is a plus.  My loyalty lies with the taxpayers and voters, who chose to make the Treasurer's position a directly elected office thirty years ago.  I will keep the position independent, I will broaden public access to the investment performance scorecard, and I will do what I can to educate the city residents on how its government does, and is supposed to function.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • April Campbell, local Business Owner
  • Margaret E. Ferguson, Board member (Ret.) Vallecitos Water District

Organizations (2)

  • Escondido Chamber of Citizens
  • SD County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (2)

  • George McClure, Escondido Union High School District
  • Scott Heidemann, Board Member, San Pasqual USD

Individuals (14)

  • Mike Plant, Owner, MPA Graphics
  • Michael Sovacool, Teacher/Coach Orange Glen HS
  • Chris Campbell, Construction professional, Escondido, CA
  • Cathy Plant, Consumer Insights Manager, San Diego
  • Alan Yaghdjian, R/E Broker, businessman, San Diego, CA
  • Pete Roberts, marketing manager, Aerospace Industry
  • Dennis Lamb, Water Agency General Manager (Ret.)
  • Victor Garduno, Teacher/Coach, Orange Glen H.S.
  • Sheila Eldred, Owner, Eldred's Tae Kwon Do
  • Bryce Bacher, Teacher/Coach, San Pasqual Union Sch. Dist. (Ret.)
  • Terrie Heidemann, Quality Assurance Manager, La Jolla, CA
  • Karen Wellman, Speech pathologist, Escondido Union Sch. Dist.
  • Maria Roberts, Esq., Litigation attorney, San Diego, CA
  • Mike McGill, recording artist/Musician, Escondido, CA

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

What "people skills"--both from a public service standpoint and from an office management and leadership standpoint--will you bring to the City Treasurer's office if elected? 
Answer from Blaise J. Jackson:

I listen to others with an open mind, and strive to consider diverse viewpoints in confronting challenges, whether those are in the workplace, the boardroom, even the home. It is important to achieve consensus and let people participate in the process; that is the essence of leadership.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Public service and government used to be held in higher esteem than is the case today.  I'd like to be a part of the effort to restore faith, trust and confidence in government.  I'd like to do my part to make Escondido a better city, one that serves all of its residents well. 

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