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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Monterey CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 2

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John M. Phillips

Monterey County Supervisor
6,971 votes (58.31%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Community Safety and Peace-I have been deeply committed to violence prevention in our community for many years. We all deserve to live and work in a safe and peaceful community-violence is not just hurting our families, it's hurting our community.
  • Responsible Land Use, Jobs and Economic Opportunity-As Chair of the Economic Opportunity Committee, I have worked hard to find a healthy balance between responsible land use and economic revitalization that protects the natural beauty of this area.
  • Affordable Housing, Roads and Infrastructure-We must find a way to provide more affordable housing for our workforce, address the roads, transportation and water infrastructure needs of our entire region.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Monterey County Supervisor, District 2
Monterey County Supervisor, District 2, Monterey County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2014–current)
Superior Court Judge, Monterey County Superior Court — Appointed position (1984–2004)
Assistant District Attorney, County of Monterey, District Attorney's Office (1975–1984)
Deputy District Attorney, County of Monterey, District Attorney's Office (1971–1975)

Education

Boalt Law School, Long Beach State College Law Degree, Boalt Law School, B.A., Long Beach State College, Law Degree and a B.A. in Political Science (not availa)

Community Activities

Chair, Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) (not availa–current)
Chair, Capital Improvement Committee (not availa–current)
Chair, Economic Opportunity Committee (not availa–current)
Member, Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) (not availa–current)
Member, Mental Health Commission (not availa–current)

Biography

John Phillips is a long time resident of Monterey County, having served as Deputy District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Superior Court Judge, Founder and President of Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, and most recently, was elected as Monterey County Supervisor in District 2 in 2014.  

 

Currently, John serves as the Vice-Chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. He also serves as Chair of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Chair of the Capital Improvement Committee, and Chair of the Economic Opportunity Committee.  Additionally, he serves on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), Mental Health Commission, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, Monterey One Water and the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority.  Through all of these positions, he has gained valuable experience that has allowed him to work on the important issues impacting not just District 2, but the entire County of Monterey. 

 

In 1971 John joined the District Attorney’s office and was quickly appointed as the Assistant District Attorney in 1975, in charge of the Salinas office.  He served as the Assistant District Attorney until he was appointed to the Monterey Superior Court Bench in 1984.  He served on the Monterey County Bench for 21 years before his retirement in 2004. 

 

While on the Bench he created the Domestic Violence Court and was the first chairman of the Domestic Violence Council.  He was also responsible for the development of the Mental Health Court.  He devoted many years on the Bench to the Family Law Court and was responsible for many of its current innovative services. He served as Presiding Judge in 1989, 1996 and from 1998-2000.  In the last years of his position as Presiding Judge, he was instrumental in combining the Municipal and Superior Courts, working through the difficult process of becoming one court system in Monterey County.

 

After many years of witnessing the tragic cycle of offending and incarceration of so many young people, in 2000, John and several other concerned citizens founded Rancho Cielo, a successful and innovative program for at-risk youth.  He then devoted most of his time to the continued development of Rancho Cielo, working closely with the County of Monterey.

John has served as President of the Board of Rancho Cielo, on the Board of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Board of Directors of the Gateway Center, as a member of the Mayor of Salinas Violence Prevention Task Force and the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP).  He has been honored with the Salinas Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award, the Jefferson Award, Community Commitment to Peace Award from Partners for Peace, the Monterey County Bar Association Gibson Award, the Humanitarian Award from the American Culinary Federation, the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award, and most recently, as the Public Official of the Year from the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 

John grew up in the Culver City area of Southern California.  He served in the United States Army Reserve and graduated Cum Laude from Long Beach State College with a B.A. in Political Science.  He attended Boalt Hall Law School at Berkeley, and after graduation from law school, practiced law as a civil litigator for a private law firm in Oakland.

 

John and his wife, Patti, live in the Prunedale area.  They have three children and two grandchildren.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have learned a great deal over the past several years on the Board of Supervisors, and I believe that with this experience, I can provide leadership through the complex and diverse issues that are before us.  I will continue to work hard to address community safety, roads and traffic, affordable housing, jobs and economic opportunity, education and job training, homelessness and healthcare - all while being mindful of budget priorities to ensure we are prepared for the future. 

 

Community Safety and Peace


I have been deeply committed to violence prevention in our community for many years.  On the Board of Supervisors, I am using this experience to address equality and access to resources - improving neighborhoods, creating opportunities for early childhood education and support services, providing access to parks like Prunedale's Manzanita Park and Cayetano Park in Pajaro, modernizing and expanding programs and services at Juvenile Hall, and ensuring access to safety programs like the ones we developed at Rancho Cielo (a successful program offering underserved youth alternatives to violence and a chance at a future).  We all deserve to live and work in a safe and peaceful community – violence is not just hurting our families, it is hurting our entire community, and our entire community needs to be a part of the solution.  I have advocated for national immigration reform for a number of years, and supported DACA, not only to protect our kids,but to ensure that our families can stay together. 

 

Responsible Land Use, Jobs and Economic Opportunity

 

Monterey County has long been known for its incredible natural resources, and it is what makes this area so special.  On the Board, I opposed the federal government's proposal to open up the California Coast to oil Exploration - a long protected Marine Sanctuary that needs to stay that way.  In addition, due to the potential environmental risks, I lead the Board of Supervisors in successfully stopping an increase in crude oil trains that would pass through Monterey County to a proposed project in San Luis Obispo.  As Chair of the Economic Opportunity Committee, I have worked hard to find a healthy balance between responsible land use and economic revitalization that does not threaten or harm the natural beauty of this area – this starts with good schools, job training and vocational centers, meaningful jobs with meaningful pay, forward-thinking opportunities, and strong stewardship of our resources. I have supported our workforce by voting to improve healthcare for our workers, provide healthcare for those who couldn't qualify, and to approve raises for all members of SEIU bargaining units.  As Co-Chair of the Monterey County Cannabis Committee, I worked hard to ensure that with the passage of Measure Y and the resulting legalization of cannabis in the state of California, Monterey County was prepared to regulate this new industry in a way that is safe, accessible and benefits our local community.

 

Affordable Housing, Roads and Infrastructure

 

Together, we are working hard to solve the affordable housing crisis this community faces.  We must find a way to provide more affordable housing for our workforce, and I have supported numerous farmworker housing projects to this end.  We are also addressing the roads, transportation and water infrastructure needs of our entire region.  I have advocated for recycled water projects to help ensure a sustainable water supply.  As Chair of the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority I led the delegation to Washington, D.C. to meet with our Senators, Congressman Panetta and the Army Corp of Engineers on the completion of funding for the long delayed Pajaro River levy project, and I have been working on the expansion of the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project to address the growing issue of seawater intrusion into our aquifers.    As Chair of TAMC and the Co-Chair of Measure X - the Transportation Safety and Investment Plan, I fought for much needed transportation safety and mobility projects throughout the County, including lighted crosswalks in Pajaro and Castroville, long delayed road repairs in Boronda, and 30 million in funding to finally address the Castroville/156 Interchange.  And I continue to oversee that the money is spent judiciously, and on the priorities that our community set forth. 

 

Homelessness and Access to Healthcare


Everyone deserves access to healthcare, whether it be physical or mental.  We can no longer sit by and watch mental health issues tear apart our communities throughout America.  I worked hard to secure the 2 million dollars in funding for the Esperanza Care project to ensure healthcare for the uninsured in Monterey County.  As a member of the Mental Health Commission, it was important to me to advocate for the passage of a contract with the Coalition of Homeless ServiceProviders, and supported extending local operations that assist with substance abuse counseling, physical and mental wellness and finding transitional and permanent housing. I have been working closely with the City of Salinas, the local business community and our non-profits to develop a temporary warming shelter, and currently, we are working to find a solution and location for a permanent Homeless Shelter program in Monterey County - the first ever permanent shelter that can provide wrap around services that address the root of the homelessness issue.

 

Transparency and Accountability


The business of the public must be conducted in full view of the public.  That is what differentiates our nation from so many others.  I continue to uphold the state statute that guarantees that the business of the public be conducted in public, and is strictly observed, not only as is legally required by state law, but also in spirit.  I pride myself on being accessible, fair, and that I hear all sides of an issue, as I was trained to do as a Judge in this county’s courts.

 

 

Position Papers

Community Safety and Peace

Summary

Community Safety and Peace

I have been deeply committed to violence prevention in our community for many years.  On the Board of Supervisors, I am using this experience to address equality and access to resources - improving neighborhoods, creating opportunities for early childhood education and support services, providing access to parks like Prunedale's Manzanita Park and Cayetano Park in Pajaro, modernizing and expanding programs and services at Juvenile Hall, and ensuring access to safety programs like the ones we developed at Rancho Cielo (a successful program offering underserved youth alternatives to violence and a chance at a future).  We all deserve to live and work in a safe and peaceful community – violence is not just hurting our families, it is hurting our entire community, and our entire community needs to be a part of the solution.  I have advocated for national immigration reform for a number of years, and supported DACA, not only to protect our kids,but to ensure that our families can stay together. 

Responsible Land Use, Jobs and Economic Opportunity

Summary

Responsible Land Use, Jobs and Economic Opportunity

Monterey County has long been known for its incredible natural resources, and it is what makes this area so special.  On the Board, I opposed the federal government's proposal to open up the California Coast to oil Exploration - a long protected Marine Sanctuary that needs to stay that way.  In addition, due to the potential environmental risks, I lead the Board of Supervisors in successfully stopping an increase in crude oil trains that would pass through Monterey County to a proposed project in San Luis Obispo.  As Chair of the Economic Opportunity Committee, I have worked hard to find a healthy balance between responsible land use and economic revitalization that does not threaten or harm the natural beauty of this area – this starts with good schools, job training and vocational centers, meaningful jobs with meaningful pay, forward-thinking opportunities, and strong stewardship of our resources. I have supported our workforce by voting to improve healthcare for our workers, provide healthcare for those who couldn't qualify, and to approve raises for all members of SEIU bargaining units.  As Co-Chair of the Monterey County Cannabis Committee, I worked hard to ensure that with the passage of Measure Y and the resulting legalization of cannabis in the state of California, Monterey County was prepared to regulate this new industry in a way that is safe, accessible and benefits our local community.

Affordable Housing, Roads and Infrastructure

Summary

Affordable Housing, Roads and Infrastructure

Together, we are working hard to solve the affordable housing crisis this community faces.  We must find a way to provide more affordable housing for our workforce, and I have supported numerous farmworker housing projects to this end.  We are also addressing the roads, transportation and water infrastructure needs of our entire region.  I have advocated for recycled water projects to help ensure a sustainable water supply.  As Chair of the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority I led the delegation to Washington, D.C. to meet with our Senators, Congressman Panetta and the Army Corp of Engineers on the completion of funding for the long delayed Pajaro River levy project, and I have been working on the expansion of the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project to address the growing issue of seawater intrusion into our aquifers.    As Chair of TAMC and the Co-Chair of Measure X - the Transportation Safety and Investment Plan, I fought for much needed transportation safety and mobility projects throughout the County, including lighted crosswalks in Pajaro and Castroville, long delayed road repairs in Boronda, and 30 million in funding to finally address the Castroville/156 Interchange.  And I continue to oversee that the money is spent judiciously, and on the priorities that our community set forth. 

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— May 1, 2018 John Phillips

The Experience We Need In Monterey County

Experiencia Necesitamos en el Condado de Monterey

Experiencia Necesitamos en el Condado de Monterey

— May 9, 2018 John Phillips

The Experience We Need In Monterey County

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