Meet the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 candidate: Dave Roberts
Two candidates are vying for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District Three seat in the Nov. 6 election: Steve Danon and Dave Roberts. Below are candidate photos, bios and answers to two questions given to them by this newspaper. The 3rd Supervisorial District includes Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and Del Mar.
Name: Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts
Years living in the district: I have lived in Solana Beach for almost two decades.
Profession/education: I currently serve as a Vice President of Government Relations for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a 52-year old cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. I am a federal appointee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and serve as an adjunct professor of health information technology at UCSD. I am a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Institute, University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, as well as the U.S. Air Forces’ Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School. I hold an Associate of Science (1980) from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts (1982) and Masters of Public Administration (1985) in Financial Management degrees from The American University in Washington D.C.
Community activities: I have spent many years serving on the Board of Directors for San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), North County Transit District, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, Escondido Creek Watershed Authority, Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, Polinsky Children’s Center and the California Biodiversity Council.
I am the incoming President of the League of California Cities (San Diego Division) and the Chair of San Diego County’s Consolidated Transportation Services Agency. I am a member of Lions Clubs International where I currently serve as District 4-L6 Foundation Chair and Northwest Region Chair. I am the Charter President of the Del Mar/Solana Beach Lions Club. I am also a member of the League of Women Voters, Lifetime member of the Sierra Club, Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society, Lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Friends of the San Diego River Valley Conservancy, Friends of the San Elijo Lagoon, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, North County Adoptive Parents Association, North San Diego County Chamber of Commerce, a 35-year member of the Patrons of Husbandry (Grange), and a Lifetime member of the National Military Family Association.
1.) What do you think are the biggest issues facing the district?
The number one issue facing our district and our region, is jump-starting — and growing — the local economy.
Government must get out of the way of large corporations and small businesses to help them produce new jobs. We can do this by cutting red tape, stopping new fees and working with business to create an environment that promotes job growth. With my long-term business background, and as an experienced bipartisan leader, I am prepared for the job of managing a county government with a $5 billion budget and 15,000 employees.
An equally important issue facing the district, and the region, is protecting our homes and businesses from fire. This is one of my top priorities.
I am endorsed the City of San Diego Firefighters and their retired Fire Chief for good reason. They know that I will work hard to provide the resources to fight the huge fires that rage across San Diego County.
I will find ways to aggressively expand fire service and cut management overhead to increase levels of service.
We must also protect our homes and communities from rampant over-development and poor planning. Cramming more and more strip malls and homes and people into our neighborhoods and open space is a recipe for poor community planning.
For instance, an oversized project such as the proposed One Paseo project in Carmel Valley/Del Mar Heights and the Capitol Power plant next to a residential neighborhood in University City is not appropriate planning.
In my view, buying a home in an area where zoning is clear to the buyer, is a contract with the city. When a resident is informed of local zoning when they buy a home, but elected officials arbitrarily increase that zoning tenfold, we have a right to object. In fact, we must. It is not appropriate planning. And it is breaking a promise to the residents. That is wrong.
My opponent is backed by large developers and downtown special interests who want full build-out across the county, including hundreds of thousands of homes, strip malls and other high impacts to our services, including traffic on our freeways and roads. He is taking their campaign donations and running a partisan race. He does not have a history of working across political party lines on real solutions, like I do.
2.) Do you have any suggestions as to how the biggest issue in your answer for #1 should be addressed by the board?
I will work collaboratively with other members of the County Board of Supervisors to leverage my proven local, state and federal public sector and private industry (Fortune 500 and small business C.E.O.) experience to promote a prosperous environment within San Diego County for job creation by:
1. Preserving the county’s strong financial and capital management to maintain a AAA Bond Rating.
2. Creating a County Office of Small Business Development to grow/incentivize small businesses and job creation.
3. Incentivizing Clean Technology Growth with a complete review of clean tech regulations and land use ordinances.
4. Working with the region’s cities to entice corporate offices to move to San Diego County.
5. Cutting county red tape, dramatically shorten the permit process, hire plan checkers to move community projects forward for job growth, and improve planning and land use.
6. Continuing to streamline land use regulations and cut red tape that dampen our economy.
7. Growing and promoting the PACE (Publicly Acquired Clean Energy) energy efficiency financing program to harness our region’s efforts to expand solar usage for both residential and commercial properties to create jobs and cut our dependence on fossil fuels.
8. Establishing a County Business Liaison Committee to promote direct dialogue with corporations, small businesses, chambers of commerce.
9. Cutting debt and spend cash only for public works projects to create jobs.
10. In partnership with local cities, seeking federal and state grants for joint road, water, infrastructure projects.
Finally, because San Diego County is one of the most popular tourist and convention destinations in the world, I will support our tourism promotion and convention industry and our arts and tourism industries to serve as a magnet for travelers and spending. Cultural visitors spend nearly twice what other visitors do on meals, transportation, hotels and retail, and the non-profit arts industry sustains more than 20,000 full-time equivalent jobs and delivers $70 million in tax revenues, not counting huge local spending.
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