I am a proud Army veteran dedicated to serving the City of Del Rey Oaks. I have an engineering degree from West Point and served as a professor at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco where I received a Masters in Business Administration degree.
Upon arriving in Del Rey Oaks, I immediately began contributing to the city after being appointed to the Planning Commission and have served continuously for the past five years. Most recently, I was selected as Chair of the Commission unanimously by my peers.
I have extensive knowledge of the architectural review process, land use requirements, environmental impact procedures, development agreements, and housing legislation. My expertise and knowledge of planning requirements and processes makes me exceptionally qualified to lead Del Rey Oaks in future development efforts.
My concern about environmental progress goes well beyond words. Motivated by the loss of oak trees throughout the city, I created the Oak Tree Replacement Program that provides free oak trees to DRO residents. The program led to nearly 130 trees being planted and has provided protection for the symbol of our city. These efforts resulted in our city’s first-ever designation as a “Tree City USA”.
Concerned about the potential struggle faced by Del Rey Oaks residents during the pandemic, I initiated the Safeway Gift Card Program that provided free $50 gift cards to residents in need. I authored a successful grant proposal to Safeway and gathered support within the community that raised nearly $6,000 and ultimately helped over 110 households.
I have also committed myself to numerous volunteer organizations within the city that continue to make DRO a better place to live and work. I am actively involved with the DRO Citizens Action Group, Butterfly Garden Committee and Neighborhood Watch.
Less than a year ago the California State Auditor released a report listing “high risk” cities facing financial challenges. Del Rey Oaks ranked 15th worst of all cities in the state. This report is significant because it reflects data the year before cannabis revenue arrived.
The pandemic has highlighted the economic vulnerabilities for cities that rely on one particular source of income. Our city is heavily dependent on cannabis revenue and, once again, risks facing similar financial challenges. The cannabis sector is becoming more competitive and our revenue is already down from previous years.
I will reduce our overall financial risk by actively pursuing diversified revenue streams while maintaining an accommodating business environment for our existing cannabis businesses to thrive.
Our Ft. Ord Property offers the opportunity to establish diversified revenue streams and build the state mandated number of affordable housing units. With public input early in the process, we can determine the type of community we want to have and how we’ll provide continuity with our existing neighborhoods.
This is an exciting prospect in which we can shape the future of Del Rey Oaks. I’ll ensure all voices are heard and public input is valued. It’s essential to improving the city’s long term financial viability and be in compliance with state law.
Our water situation is complicated, but in simple terms, I strongly support the expansion of the recycled water project because it’s the most sustainable, environmentally conscientious and most economical option.
It’s also supported by the Marina Coast Water District (MCWD), a publicly owned entity. Why is that important? They are the purveyor of the water for our Ft. Ord property and I want to work in cooperation and collaboration with them to ensure our water needs are properly met in a manner that’s sustainable and environmentally sound.
I am the moderate choice for Del Rey Oaks voters and will bring an impartial voice to a politically diverse city. I am a unifying force who is not aligned with any political party. I’m completely focused on representing the will and desire of Del Rey Oaks residents and will not be influenced by anyone who doesn’t have our best interests in mind.
As a tested leader with years of experience in city government, I have proven that I can get things done to make Del Rey Oaks a better place to live and work. I believe in diversifying revenue streams to ensure the long term viability of the city, environmental progress and responsible development with maximum public input.
I represent a balanced future for Del Rey Oaks and would be honored to have your vote.
“I admire his selfless and tireless efforts, and city involvement. I'm pleased to endorse and offer my support based on his honesty and character.”
"Since the day I met Scott he had a vision for the city! Scott has EVERYONE’S best interest at heart and will work hard for the city and the people!”
“What a great opportunity to elect one of our city's greatest proponents and cheerleaders! He really cares about this community.”
“We find Scott to be very affable, open to new ideas, a great listener, and one who acts on viable ideas that will work in the best interest of the residents of DRO.”
“There is no better person for the job than Scott. I've known him for years, and he is dedicated to this City. I know he will work tirelessly to serve the people.”
“With your proven track record of getting good things done, and your thoughtful, open minded and principled character, you will make a highly effective councilmember.”
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