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

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Bobby Patton

Council Member/Teacher
3,198 votes (25.38%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety is my top priority, earning the endorsement of the San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association as “Law Enforcement’s Choice”. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their own home and community.
  • Protecting Our Neighborhoods by continuing to insist that all development strictly adheres to hard-fought zoning standards, protects our neighborhoods, respects our natural environment and delivers sound economic benefits.
  • Expanding Recreational Activities that are safe, accessible and affordable for residents of all ages.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember / Teacher / Retired Lifeguard
Elementary School Teacher / Acting Principal, San Diego Unified School District (1992–current)
Council Member, City of Imperial Beach — Elected position (2012–current)

Education

Southwestern College Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (1998)
National University MS - Master’s Degree , Educational Administration with Administrative Credential (1997)
San Diego State University BA - Bachelor of Arts Degree Liberal Arts with California Teaching Credential, Liberal Arts with California Teaching Credential (1991)
Southwestern College AA - Associate of Arts Degree Liberal Arts , Liberal Arts (1988)

Biography

 

WORKING FOR IMPERIAL BEACH RESIDENTS

 

City of Imperial Beach Council Member 2012-2016

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board Member

SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group Member

South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) Board Member

City of Imperial Beach Sports Park Ad- Hoc Committee

City of Imperial Beach Zoning Review Ad- Hoc Committee

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

 

Imperial Beach Junior Lifeguard Program

Created, coordinated and administered the program, raised $20,000 for start-up; responsible for budget, equipment purchase, scheduling, writing curriculum and teaching

Cultural Arts Board - City of Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Little League - Safety Officer

Imperial Beach Charter School Surf Team - Assistant Coach

Mar Vista School Site Council Member (SCC) - 2016-2017 School Year

Auxiliary Member of the Fleet Reserve Association, VFW and American Legion

PTA Teacher Representative

Parent Volunteer and guest speaker at local schools

Den Leader - Cub Scouts

 

RECOGNITION

 

Award of Valor - City of Imperial Beach 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins
  • San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox
  • Mayor Serge Dedina - City of Imperial Beach

Organizations (3)

  • San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association as “Law Enforcement’s Choice”
  • SEIU - Local 221
  • San Diego Chapter Sierra Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • Mayor Pro Tem Edward J. Spriggs - City of Imperial Beach
  • Council Member Brian P. Bilbray - City of Imperial Beach
  • Council Member Lorie Bragg - City of Imperial Beach
  • Council Member Todd Gloria - City of San Diego
  • Mayor Mary Salas - City of Chula Vista

Individuals (4)

  • Mayor Jim Janney , 2006-2014
  • Mayor Diane Rose - Imperial Beach, 1998-2006
  • Mayor Brian Bilbray – Imperial Beach 1976-1985
  • Council Member Mayda Winter - Imperial Beach 1996-2008

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe our best days are still ahead. I, like you, want Imperial Beach to prosper, but also to keep that small-town atmosphere, and be a place our children can be proud to live in decades from now. 

PUBLIC SAFETY Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their own home and community.  My commitment to keep Imperial Beach safe and secure has earned me the endorsement of the San Diego County  Deputy  Sheriffs’ Association as “Law Enforcement’s Choice”.

PROTECTING OUR  NEIGHBORHOODS  The  last  four  years  have  seen home values increase and we have experienced an unprecedented interest in commercial development. But opportunity also demands responsibility and an experienced hand to keep us on course. I will continue to insist that all development strictly adheres to hard-fought zoning standards, protects our neighborhoods, respects our natural environment and delivers sound economic benefits.

 

QUALITY OF LIFE As a teacher, retired Imperial Beach Lifeguard and founder of the City of Imperial Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, I understand that recreational activities improve our quality of life. I spearheaded the City of Imperial Beach Parks and Recreation Committee and negotiated the Imperial Beach Sports Park agreement, and will continue to work hard to expand recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

Position Papers

Why I am Running for Re-Election and What Qualities I Bring to the Office

Summary

I am running for re-election to the City Council because I believe our best days are still ahead.  I, like you, want Imperial Beach to prosper, but also to keep that small town atmosphere, and be a place our children can be proud to live in decades from now.  I feel that everyone needs to give back to their community and I am ready to do more.  

It has been an honor to serve as your City of Imperial Beach Council Member for the past four years. Thank you.

I am running for re-election to the City Council because I believe our best days are still ahead.  I, like you, want Imperial Beach to prosper, but also to keep that small town atmosphere, and be a place our children can be proud to live in decades from now.  I feel that everyone needs to give back to their community and I am ready to do more.

Imperial Beach truly embodies the term “Classic Southern California”.  We are sun, surf, family, nature, community, safety, small business, open space and opportunity.  The past four years have been an exciting time in Imperial Beach!  The “Pier South Hotel” and the “Sea180” restaurant are open and thriving! Our new library broke ground and is nearing completion! The 9th and Palm “Breakwater Town Center” is under construction!  New restaurants and businesses have set up shop.  Neighborhood improvements are ongoing and recreational opportunities for all ages have greatly expanded.  We continue to attract new homebuyers who value the qualities of life in a small coastal community.  Imperial Beach has become the Community of Choice to live, work and play!

We have accomplished much, but there is more to do...and more to protect.  Over the past four years I have cultivated solid, bi-partisan relationships at all levels of government to ensure Imperial Beach has a seat at the table on key issues and receives its fair share of revenues.  I will apply my knowledge and experience as a Councilmember so we can continue to better Imperial Beach while still maintaining the core values that our community demands.

As a 24-year elementary school teacher and acting principal, I bring insight into working with our local youth, listening skills and patience.  As a 30-year retired Imperial Beach Lifeguard II and EMT, I bring the perspective of a first responder, a first-hand understanding of the importance of public safety in our community, and the ability to calmly evaluate but act quickly in emergency situations.  As a 10-year Miramar College Instructor for the San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy, I bring an understanding of the importance of preparedness and respect for the rigorous training all public safety personnel go through to keep us safe and secure.  And as the founder of the Imperial Beach Junior Lifeguard Program in 1995, I bring experience in creating, coordinating and administering a youth program, and understand how safe youth programs and recreational activities for all ages improve our quality of life.

I have been an Imperial Beach resident since 1985. My wife Katie and I are homeowners, choosing Imperial Beach to raise our family, because we love its warm sense of community.  My community ties span decades and have provided me a perspective on the diversity and the dedication of so many residents who give freely of their time on behalf of Imperial Beach.  I was recently elected by parents to serve on the Mar Vista School Site Council 2016-2017 and served as Assistant Coach for the Imperial Beach Charter School Surf Team.  Additionally, I am an Auxiliary Member of the Fleet Reserve Association, VFW and American Legion.

I offer a balanced, fair and thoughtful approach and pledge to represent Imperial Beach with integrity and respect.  I have demonstrated leadership skills, backed by seasoned experience and determination.

My commitment to our community and its residents is proven, longstanding and unwavering and I am honored to be a candidate for the 2016 Imperial Beach City Council. 

I would be honored to have your support and vote. 

Thank you.

Protecting & Preserving Imperial Beach's Small Town Atmosphere

Summary

 Imperial Beach’s small-town atmosphere and warm sense of community is more than an identity...it’s a way of life.   Imperial Beach is sun, surf, family, nature, community, safety, small business, open space and opportunity.  All of these elements create the foundation for an unparalleled quality of life.  As a Councilmember for the past four years, I have been and will continue to be, ever-vigilant in protecting these elements and our small town quality of life.  My family and I treasure these values and will work hard to preserve them.

 Imperial Beach’s small-town atmosphere and warm sense of community is more than an identity...it’s a way of life.  Imperial Beach is sun, surf, family, nature, community, safety, small business, open space and opportunity.  All of these elements create the foundation for an unparalleled quality of life.  As a Councilmember for the past four years, I have been and will continue to be, ever-vigilant in protecting these elements and our small town quality of life.  My family and I treasure these values and I pledge to work hard to preserve them.

I, like you, want Imperial Beach to prosper, but also to keep that small-town atmosphere, and be a place our children can be proud to live in decades from now. I believe we can continue to improve Imperial Beach and still protect our identity and quality of life.  The City Council and citizens must work together as we consider the full range of activities necessary to maintain a livable community.  Shopping, jobs, recreation, public safety, transportation and open space must all be balanced with safeguarding our core values.

Neighborhood improvements are ongoing and recreational opportunities for all ages have greatly expanded.  New restaurants and businesses have set up shop.  We continue to attract new homeowners who value the qualities of life in a small coastal community.  Imperial Beach has become the Community of Choice to live, work and play. There is more to do ... and there is more to protect.

We have experienced an unprecedented interest in commercial development.  But opportunity also demands responsibility and an experienced hand to keep us on course. When new commercial zoning regulations resulted in several “unintended consequences”, I met with citizens and took action to close the loopholes and make it right.  We can't just build our way into fiscal stability.  Additional development also creates additional strains on our public services, infrastructure and community livability. Good planning for a well-balanced community shouldn't be sacrificed for “quick fixes” to bolster our revenues.  I will continue to insist that all development strictly adheres to hard-fought zoning standards, protects our neighborhoods, respects our natural environment and delivers sound economic benefits.

The next Council will be responsible for the direction of our City’s future.  The next Council will be challenged with making decisions on tough issues that could place our small-town quality of life in jeopardy.  Issues such as increased height and density to accommodate new housing, additional beachfront hotels and others could potentially place our “Classic Southern California” way of life on the chopping block.  Any rush to decision, made simply to shore up our revenues, could potentially threaten our long-term quality of life and destroy a lifestyle that residents overwhelmingly support. 

My commitment to protecting our neighborhoods and maintaining our small-town quality of life is proven, longstanding and unwavering.  I offer a balanced, fair and thoughtful approach and pledge to represent Imperial Beach with integrity and respect.  I have demonstrated leadership skills, backed by seasoned experience and determination. 

I believe our best days are still ahead.   Working together, we can create an even better Imperial Beach and I would be honored to have your support and vote on November 8th.

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