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

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Linda Gonzales

CEO/Educator
18,242 votes (17.26%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fighting for Jobs: I believe that the engine of economic growth is powered by the people. This is why I will work to make Oceanside a business friendly city that incentivizes innovation and creates the conditions for economic prosperity.
  • Fighting for the Environment: One of Oceanside’s greatest assets is it’s natural beauty, diverse ecology and outdoor recreational space.I’ll fight to ensure that these features are presserved so that they will continue to bring visitors and economic
  • Fighting for Public Safety Public safety is of utmost importance and must be maintained as one of the highest priorities of the City Council. This is why I will partner with those who serve us within the police and fire departments.

Experience

Experience

Profession:CEO / Educator
Chair, California State Board of Education Committee for English Learners — Appointed position (2004–2006)
Superintendant, Basset School District (1992–2002)
Educator, Los Angeles School District, Basset School District, Visalia School District (1989–2002)

Education

Claremont Graduate School Doctorate, Public Policy (1990)
San Diego State University Master's Degree, Multicultural Education (1986)
San Diego State University Master's Degree, Public Administration (1985)
Chapman University Bachelor's Degree, Economics (1984)

Community Activities

Chief Executive Officer, New Directions for Academic Advancement (2001–current)

Biography

Hello neighbor!  My name is Dr. Linda Gonzales.  I am running for the Oceanside City Council.  I believe that it is time for a change on the Council.  My skill set and experience will be a good addition to the City Council.  It is time to form a collaborative team ready to work together. Government is not working anywhere.  I promise to work with ALL council members to do your business.

 

A change is needed on the Council to bring together  A Team for Oceanside.  There is no ‘I’ in the word team.  Collaboration is critical for a strong future for Oceanside.  Important decisions do not need to be delayed by private agendas and partisan bickering.

 

Forty-five years of work in education culminating in service as district superintendent for ten years have taught me the value of collaboration.  After retiring from government service, I have managed and grown a successful nonprofit that has provided service to schools in the USA, Peru, Bolivia, Uganda and other parts of the world.  The mission of the nonprofit is to bring literacy to impoverished children.

 

My grandchildren and yours need a strong economic base for a prosperous future.  This will require a vision for economic development, support of first responders, and smart planning.  Good business opportunities will not come to a divided Oceanside.  We need to work together, in our nonpartisan roles to bring every opportunity and good success to our community.  

 

WE are blessed with excellent police officers, fantastic fire fighters and a superb city staff.  Let’s give them a functional council.  Imagine what could be achieved if the council were of the same quality. 

 

Join my family and I in our campaign to reform our city.  I ask for your vote and support to be elected to City Council.  I promise to work with you and FIGHT FOR OCEANSIDE.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Oceanside City Employees Association, Teamsters Local 911
  • Oceanside Police Officers Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Mayor Jim Wood, City of Oceanside

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Oceanside, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Linda Gonzales:

The most significant challenge facing the City of Oceanside is the divison on the City Council. However, I believe strongly in people of Oceanside. I am ready to lead our great city into a bright future that is focused on creating jobs, protecting our environment, supporting our seniors and keeping our streets safe. If we can put politics aside and work together, I am confident that the people of Oceanside will have a promising, productive and prosperous future.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We are ready for a change in the city of Oceanside. For too long, our City Council has been paralyzed by politics, bickering, and dysfunction. We have witnessed Washington DC grind to a halt as the result of a culture of toxic politics.  Oceanside cannot afford to watch as our local government does the same. This election, more than anything, is about choices: the choice to stick with the status quo or the choice to reject the culture of gridlock and dysfunction on our CIty Council. I'm ready to fight for change and get our local government back to work for the people of Oceanside. I am asking you to join me to make our city work. 

We face some serious challenges here in Oceanside: lack of local jobs and housing, unemployment, environmental threats, homelessness, diminishing services, crime, and drug addiction.  We need a City Council that is up to the task of addressing OUR needs and challenges. We need to stand united against the adversity that our great city faces so that we can move forward, rather than getting bogged down in personal agendas, partisan politics, and back biting. 

 

The Oceanside City Council needs to to stand united with community partners.  My experience as a former Police Officer, School Superintendent, and Chief Executive Officer of a Non-Profit has prepared me to be effective in the fight for change. I can make quality decisions while maintaining positive, civil relationships with others.  We need to move Oceanside forward. We need to rebuild the trust of the people in the integrity of our council as a body that can put politics aside and do what is best for the people. We need someone who can build bridges, rather than burn them. Someone who can bring the council together rather than tearing it apart through polarized alliances. We need a new voice, a new way of doing things, and a change to politics as usual.

 

As your city councilperson, I will make one pledge to you, and that is to keep your best interests in my heart during every decision that I make on the council. We cannot afford to have politics come first at the expense of the people. We can’t afford to see our political process continue to break down. This election is about moving Oceanside forward and I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th. Please join me and together we can give Oceanside the bright future that it deserves.

 

My goals call for: smart planning while sustaining rent control and housing for Seniors; prioritized resources to improve public safety; conservation of open spaces, our harbor, and the beaches; and support and help to start-ups, businesses and economic partners. Our citizens and constituents need to trust that elected officials will put politics aside and keep the needs of our community first.  I am running to serve Oceanside, not divide. 

 

The Oceanside City Council needs to to stand united with community partners.  My experience as a former Police Officer, School Superintendent, and Chief Executive Officer of a Non-Profit has prepared me to be effective in the fight for change. I can make quality decisions while maintaining positive, civil relationships with others.  We need to move Oceanside forward. We need to rebuild the trust of the people in the integrity of our council as a body that can put politics aside and do what is best for the people. We need someone who can build bridges, rather than burn them. Someone who can bring the council together rather than tearing it apart through polarized alliances. We need a new voice, a new way of doing things, and a change to politics as usual.

 

As your city councilperson, I will make one pledge to you, and that is to keep your best interests in my heart during every decision that I make on the council. We cannot afford to have politics come first at the expense of the people. We can’t afford to see our political process continue to break down. This election is about moving Oceanside forward and I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th. Please join me and together we can give Oceanside the bright future that it deserves.

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