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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of AtascaderoCandidate for City Council

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Roberta Fonzi

City Councilmember/Businesswoman
7,723 votes (38.21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide accountable and accessible leadership - to always be response to residents
  • Promote local economony and job-creating initiatives
  • Protect Atascadero's rural values and way of life

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businesswoman/ City Council member
Businesswoman/Realtor, Century 21 Hometown (2005–current)
City Council Member, City of Atascadero — Elected position (2008–current)
Commissioner, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), San Luis Obispo County — Appointed position (2012–current)
Board Member, Air Pollution Control District (APCD), San Luis Obispo County — Appointed position (2008–current)
Mayor, City of Atascadero — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Planning Commissioner, Atascadero Planning Commission — Appointed position (1998–2008)

Education

Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) , Liberal Studies (Teaching Credential) (1978)
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Associate of Arts (A.A.), General Studies (1974)

Community Activities

Member, Atascadero Chamber of Commerce (2006–current)
Member, Lincoln Club (2012–current)
Member, Central Coast Taxpayer's Association (2014–current)
Member, Atascadero Republican Women (2006–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Heather Moreno, Atascadero City Councilmember
  • Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney
  • Lynn Compton, County Supervisor District 4
  • Debbie Arnold, County Supervisor District 5
  • Brian Sturtevant, Atascadero City Councilmember

Individuals (8)

  • Madalyn McDaniel
  • Maggie Vandergon, Founder of Colony Days
  • Ray Buban, Atascadero Unified School District Boardmember
  • Mary Kay Mills, Atascadero Unified School District Boardmember
  • Grigger Jones, Atascadero Mutual Water Company
  • Bob Wilkins, Previous Mayor (Atascadero's First Mayor), City of Atascadero
  • Ray Johnson, Previious Mayor, City of Atascadero
  • Jerry Mc Daniel

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Bio and Goals

Summary

Brief biographical information, reasons for running for Atascadero City Council and goals.

I grew up in Atascadero, graduating from Atascadero High School, Cuesta College and Cal Poly with a teaching credential.  While at Cal Poly, I interned with the County of San Luis Obispo and was later hired as a LAFCo analyst where I worked for six years.  As a LAFCo analyst, I worked on Atascadero’s Incorporation Study and was in on the “ground floor” of Atascadero’s transition from unincorporated town to incorporated city.

I met my husband Al while attending Cuesta College, and we later married. I travelled the world, accompanying him during his career as an Army Intelligence Officer.  Four kids later when we returned to Atascadero, I began looking for a way to “give back” to my community.  I served on Atascadero’s Planning Commission for 10 years, chairing the commission several times.  I decided to run for a City Council seat in 2008, and I have now served 2 terms, including a year as the Mayor.

There are several reasons I’ll be running again for city council. First, economic development is an ongoing priority for Atascadero. We need to continue to attract business to our community so that we have places to shop, eat and stay. Second, we need to attract clean jobs for local residents; we need to become an “incubator” for creative and upcoming businesses, where they can grow.  Third, we need to retain the rural feel of Atascadero and our quality of life, planning for future needs while maintaining our character. 

In terms of concerns, water has become a huge issue for the North County, and I’m Atascadero’s water representative serving on several agencies and committees to establish North County water policy.  Atascadero’s groundwater basin is a geologically separate formation from the Paso Robles basin and I’ve worked hard to maintain local control and prevent Atascadero’s water from being forced under the jurisdiction of outside regional agencies and regulations.

Finally, the state continues to take money from local cities, such as our local gas tax money and using it to build trails and transit centers in other cities rather than repairing local roads.  There needs to be continual push back against the state and it’s wasteful and confiscatory regulations.

I want to continue to serve my city, working to promote economic development and to help shape the future into a prosperous and business-friendly community, providing jobs and quality of life for Atascadero’s residents. 

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