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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of San JoseCandidate for City Council, District 8

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Denise Belisle

Business Owner
4,269 votes (20.52%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Recruit businesses, fill empty storefronts and create jobs for our residents
  • Public safety, hire more police officers, expand responsibilities of Community Service Officers
  • Improve traffic safety, including in and around schools, road repair.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business Owner
Business Owner, Evergreen Coffee Company (2010–current)
Council Appointment Advisory Commission, City of San jose — Appointed position (2015–current)
Human Resources Manager, Silicon Valley Law Group (2001–2014)
Human Resources Consultant, Golden Gate Technologies (1999–2000)
Human Resources Consultant, Columbus Salame Distributing Company (1996–1998)
Human Resources Manager, Dimension Cable Services (1994–1998)

Education

San Jose State University Bachelor of Arts , Health Science (1978)

Community Activities

Founding member neighborhood association , Involved Evergreen (2007–current)

Biography

Qualifications                                                                                   

·       Successful San Jose business owner for 5 years

·       Proven track record in Human Resources and Administrative Management

·       Breadth of experience in diverse industries

·       Leader in the Evergreen community

Community Experience                                                                  

·       Instrumental in bringing the Evergreen community together as owner of Evergreen Coffee Company

·       Spearheaded neighborhood involvement in the reversal of Evergreen Valley High School’s boundary determination

·       Key member of the neighborhood association "Involved Evergreen" with Rose Herrera. Strived to bring business to Evergreen Village Square and successfully developed and implemented movie nights, the EPIC festival, and other events. Received "Volunteer of the Quarter" by the District 8 Roundtable

·       Founded a fundraising funnel cake concession stand at Evergreen Valley High School football games (2008-2009), recruiting a core group of volunteers and raising over $1000 for the football team

·       Active in Cedar Grove Elementary School’s PTA while children attended (1997-2004)

Work experience                                                                              

Evergreen Coffee Company                                                                 

Owner                                                                                                                         2010 — Present

·       Achieved a 300% increase in gross revenue since purchasing the business

·       Fosters an enthusiastic workplace resulting in minimal turnover

·       Established a strong customer base while maintaining a high customer retention rate

·       Supports and enhances local businesses, community organizations, schools, and charities in the Evergreen community

Silicon Valley Law Group                                                                   

Human Resources/Administrative Manager Human Resources                       2001 — 2014

·       Recruited shareholders and lawyers, as well as legal and administrative staff

·       Supervised staff employees

·       Employee relations and conflict resolution

·       Legal compliance

·       Compensation

·       Benefit procurement and administration, including 401k plans

·       Committee development and administration

Facilities/Office Management

·       Negotiated and administered subtenant leases

·       Coordinated two extensive firm relocations

·       Procured office equipment and furniture

·       Interfaced with property management

·       Ensured compliance of City and State regulations

Marketing

·       Assisted in the development and maintenance of the firm’s website, including content and upgrades

·       Generated press releases

·       Organized events, including parties, mixers, and trainings

Accounting

·       Worked closely with accounting to assist in budgetary processes and payroll support

Golden Gate Technologies Human Resources Consultant                    

Human Resources Consultant                                                                          1999 — 2000

·       Recruited highly technical and industry specific software engineers

·       H1B Visa admission processing

·       Healthcare benefits procurement and administration

·       Developed and implemented employee manual

Columbus Salame and Distribution Company                                      

Human Resources Consultant                                                                          1996 — 1998

·       Evaluated existing human resources function within 300 employee warehouse and sausage factory

·       Made necessary recommendations and implemented major policy and procedural changes, which included new HRIS and payroll system, staff revisions, and management training

Human Resource Innovations

Owner                                                                                                                         1995 — 1996

·       Provided human resources support to various companies, including administrative and technical recruitment, policy revisions and general management consulting

Dimension Cable Services (A TMCT Company)

Human Resources Manager                                                                             1989 — 1994

Reported to corporate Human Resources:

·       Responsible for the management of the human resources function for an operational cable television system consisting of 300 employees

·       Recruitment

·       EEO and FCC reporting and compliance

·       Administration of compensation programs and benefits

·       Extensive Worker's Compensation, including safety program implementation

·       Integral part of the annual budget process as related to Human Resources

·       Delivered management training

CTS Printex

Human Resources Manager                                                                             1983 — 1986

Reported to the Vice-President of Administration:

·       Responsible for human resources function, including supervision of administrative staff Recruitment of all levels of personnel

·       Procurement of employee benefits, including 401k plan

·       Implemented a database system for employee records

·       Developed a comprehensive safety program, which significantly reduced lost time accidents

Education                                                                                                  

B.A. in Health Science                                                                                                 1976 — 1978

San Jose State University

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce ChamberPac
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
  • Tri-County Apartment Association

Elected Officials (2)

  • Rose Herrera, Current City of San Jose Vice Mayor and District 8 City Council Member
  • Former City of San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (5)

What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?
Answer from Denise Belisle:

I have over 30 years experience in management in the private sector, a successful business owner for 6 years as well and serve on the City of San Jose's City Advisory Commission. My community involvement and my colloborative style will bring a fresh perspective to City Hall. 

San Jose budget difficulties have resulted in unprecedented cuts to staff and services. How will you deal with coming shortfalls? Restoring some of the City services? And, if you think the City needs additional resources, what are your ideas for increasing revenues?
Answer from Denise Belisle:

More transparancy is needed; explore Zero Based budgeting where it makes sense.  Look at current hiring practices, outsource when it is apporpriate. 

Q3. What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?
Answer from Denise Belisle:

Public safety, fill empty storefronts, create  jobs and fix our roads .

How would you balance the needs of the City as a whole while also addressing needs of your district as well as those of special groups?
Answer from Denise Belisle:

More community outreach is needed, work with other districts for common goals 

How much money do you expect to raise/spend on your race, and how will you assure voters that financial contributions will not affect your decisions/positions should you be elected?
Answer from Denise Belisle:

Have raised over $50k.   The people supporting me know that I have their best interests in mind and will make the best decisions for them and the City.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have long been an active member of the Evergreen community, having spearheaded neighborhood involvement in the reversal of Evergreen Valley High School’s boundary determination as well as serving as a key member of the “Involved Evergreen” neighborhood association. As a single mother of two children, building a strong community for future generations has always been important to me, and running for Council is an opportunity for me to take that public service to the next level.

 

I think the most important quality that distinguishes me from my competitors, however, is consistency. I have always believed that government works best when it supports its small businesses and practices fiscal responsibility. My positions come from my core values; they aren’t something I alter for political expediency.

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