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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Bryan Pease

Environmental Attorney
6,375 votes (17.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Environment: Renewable Community Choice Energy, citywide composting, weekly recycling, implement a Styrofoam container ban
  • Public Safety: End the backlog of untested rape kits, pass an ordinance to prevent short term vacation rentals from decimating our residential neighborhoods
  • Housing and Homelessness: Evidence-based solutions to homelessness, better tenant protections

Experience

Experience

Profession:Environmental Attorney
Attorney, Law Office of Bryan W. Pease (2005–current)
Co-Founder and President, Animal Protection and Rescue League (2003–current)
Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law (2010–current)
Delegate, 78th Assembly District to become a San Diego County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
Staff Attorney, Seasilver USA, Inc. (2004–2006)

Education

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO SCHOOL OF LAW Juris Doctor (2004)
CORNELL UNIVERSITY Bachelor of Science in Human Development (2000)

Community Activities

Pro Bono Attorney, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (2016–2016)
Board Member, Ocean Beach People’s Co-op (2008–2015)

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (6)

  • California State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
  • San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald (retired)
  • Oceanside City Councilmember Esther Sanchez
  • Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater Price (retired)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Bryan Pease:

Yes. The CRB also needs independent legal counsel, as there is a conflict of interest to have the city attorney represent both the CRB and officers accused of misconduct. Currently the CRB acts as a rubber stamp for the city, and this should change by making the CRB independent, with subpoena power, so that it can represent the needs of the community.

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Bryan Pease:

Only when real public transportation options are implemented and the bus system is dramatically improved. I am against the Morena project that would involve installing high rise luxury condos blocking a view corridor on land owned by Jeromes/Manchester, which would be a windfall for these developers but would be very detrimental to the community. This project will create a traffic and parking nightmare and does not include any affordable housing, thus further exacerbating displacement of low and middle income families.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Bryan Pease:

TOT (hotel taxes) are far below normal in San Diego, and these should be increased and used for solving our homelessness and housing affordability crisis. San Diego Housing Commission needs to immediately implement a federal program called Small Area Fair Market Rent, which would increase housing assistance voucher levels to reflect actual market rents. This would open up over 10,000 units currently on the rental market that voucher holders cannot access because their vouchers are too low. It would also help alleviate racial segregation, which was the main reason behind this federal program San Diego so far refuses to implement.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Bryan Pease:

Only for affordable housing, not luxury condos. Developers should be required to build at least 25% low-income affordable housing in every new development, or pay an in lieu fee that is at least 110% of the affordability gap. Building more market rate housing without such requirements will only exacerbate the crisis. We also need reasonable rent control, which other similarly situated cities have.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Bryan Pease:

I am not opposed to the SoccerCity initiative. The SDSU initiative also has merit. Both have powerful developer interests backing them despite the latter attempting to claim the title of being grassroots. Ultimately it will be up to voters to decide which project the majority want. My role on the city council will be to always seek the greatest possible public interest benefit from any project. Having an environmental attorney and land use expert such as myself on the city council would give the city and especially District 2 a huge advantage over the lobbyists and special interests currently running City Hall. 

Videos (1)

Bryan Pease for City Council — April 5, 2018 Anthony Palmiotto

Bryan Pease: A Career in Advocacy 

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