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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Chula VistaCandidate for City Council, Seat 2

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Steve Stenberg

Retired Firefighter
8,027 votes (43.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prioritize public safety by ensuring our neighborhoods are adequately staffed with police and firefighters to maintain quick response times during crisis.
  • Improve and update infrastructure in Northwest Chula Vista by ensuring our older neighborhoods receive their fair share of resources.
  • Support Chula Vista’s small business community to ensure a strong local economy and more revenue for quality city services.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Firefighter & Small Business Owner
Co Owner, Third Avenue Alehouse (2015–current)
Defensible Space Inspector, CAL FIRE DEPARTMENT (2014–2018)
Fire Captain, San Diego County Fire Authority (2009–2012)
Firefighter EMT-D, Relief Engineer, Secret Security Clearance, Federal Fire Department San Diego (1991–2009)
Security Police Supervisor, Patrol Dog Handler, SWAT Marksman, Secret Clear, USAF and USAFRES (1975–1992)

Education

Southwestern Community College A.A., Administration of Justice, EMT-D Refresher Training (2005)
Federal Law Enforcement Academy, Glynco, GA Federal Police Officer, US Law (1985)
Lackland AFB Security Police Academy, Texas. USAF Security Police Honor Graduate, Patrol Dog Handler, Air Base Ground Defense. Secret Security Clearance, Law Enforcement, Security, Patrol Dog training, Nuclear Weapon's Security and Combat Training. (1982)

Community Activities

Member, American Legion Post 434, Chula Vista, CA (2018–current)
Volunteer, First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista, CA (2009–current)
Volunteer up to President, Magnificent Seven Race Team (1975–2004)
Spec-Ed classroom volunteer, Chula Vista Elementary School District (1984–1987)
Member: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer Scout, Boy Scouts of America, San Diego County Branch (1964–1975)

Biography

Steve Stenberg is a life-long Chula Vistan.  His father, Sherman, was an Assistant City Manager from 1964-68. His mother, Joan, retired in 1990 after 26 years in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Steve graduated from Southwestern Community College with a degree in Criminology in 1982. 

As a firefighter and military veteran with over 30 years of service, Steve learned the importance of teamwork and being able to handle tasks on his own or as part of a group.  His experiences demanded integrity and skilled decision-making when lives are at risk. He believes in doing the right thing and admitting when he’s wrong. 

Steve’s most recent venture was opening the Third Avenue Alehouse, a family-owned craft beer business on Third Avenue in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista. Steve and his business partners employ nearly a dozen Chula Vista residents. With community support, Third Avenue Alehouse received the Mayor’s Award for Neighborhood Revitalization from Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.
 
Encouraging new businesses to locate in Chula Vista will help the city grow economically and help residents find jobs in the city in which they live.  He is in favor of bringing a university to Chula Vista and cooperating with property owners in a way that benefits both higher education and nearby residents. 

Like many Chula Vistans, Steve eagerly awaits continued progress on the bayfront.  With the power plant gone and a substation relocated, he sees the Port of San Diego’s moving dirt as a sign that RIDA Development can achieve agreements that the Port, the city and the California Coastal Commission approved.
 
Longtime residents know from living here that this city is a great place in which to live, raise our families and enjoy our grandchildren.  With a strong mix of good housing, shopping and restaurants, parks and biking/walking paths, Steve is prepared to take his experiences in public safety and as a business owner to keep Chula Vista safe and help the local economy grow. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Chief of Police David Bejarano, City of Chula Vista, ret.
  • Chief of Police Rick Emerson, City of Chula Vista, ret.
  • Fire Chief Don L. Crutchfield, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.

Elected Officials (3)

  • Mayor Cheryl Cox, City of Chula Vista, ret.
  • Mayor Shirley Horton, City of Chula Vista, ret.
  • Deputy Mayor Pamela Bensoussan, City of Chula Vista, ret.

Individuals (10)

  • ​Fire Chief William Egidi, NSRW Regional Federal Fire Department, ret.
  • Division Chief Bob Scott, San Marcos Fire Department, ret.
  • Assistant Chief Daniel Perry, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Captain Rodolfo S. Mora, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Captain Gregory Keller, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Captain Robert L. McCleary, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Captain Walter Wierzbicki, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Captain Allen S. Rowin, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Battalion Chief Howard Gillins, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.
  • Fire Prevention Chief Lloyd Stout, Federal Fire Department San Diego, ret.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Strengthen Public Safety Steve Stenberg has protected and served our neighborhoods, city, state, and nation for more than 30 years as a Firefighter and as a Military Veteran.

As Councilmember, Steve will work to improve public safety so that our families will continue to enjoy safe neighborhoods and schools. He will work to provide the necessary support to police and fire so they are able to do their jobs. Currently, there are only eight school resource officers (SRO's) spread out between 61 schools in Chula Vista. Steve Stenberg will work to increase the number of SRO's, so that all of our children can learn and grow in safe and protected schools.  By adding more firefighters and police officers, we improve response times during times of crisis. Growing Our Local Economy After retiring as a firefighter, Steve opened his small family business right in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista on Third Avenue. Today, Third Avenue Alehouse employs nearly a dozen people and received the Neighborhood Revitalization Award from Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. 

Steve will strive to bring quality jobs to Chula Vista and make economic development a top priority. Good jobs translate into increased local revenue to city services. Steve will work with the City to streamline the process of opening a new business in Chula Vista. He will look at current fees and regulations with the goal of lightening the burden on new business owners. Quality City Services & Northwest Chula Vista's Fair Share ​ A life-long Chula Vistan, Steve grew up in Chula Vista and attended local schools. He and his wife, Dr. Melinda Stenberg, a Sweetwater School District employee, raised their family in Chula Vista.  

Steve will work to ensure our city streets and parks are maintained and pledges that our tax dollars will be spent on the areas that will most benefit the community. Steve will ensure Chula Vista remains a great place to live, work, and raise our families.

Position Papers

Strengthen & Increase Public Safety

Summary

Public Safety staffing and the need for more police officers and firefighters.

Chula Vista Police Department is approaching crisis. Currently the Police Department has .82 officers for every 1000 citizens of Chula Vista. The national standard is 1.2 officers per 1000 citizens. Chula Vista is 132 officers short. What does this mean to you, the citizen? It means response times for the Police Department for 911 emergency ( Priority 1 and 2 ) calls average 7 minutes or longer. They should be 6 minutes or less. Priority 3 and 4 calls are often handled by a police report taken in person or over the phone, hours after the complaint was called in. Our Police Department is stretched thin, even as the city has grown larger every year since 2008. We must staff our Police Department with enough officers to properly protect our citizens against the threats that are all around us.   The City of Chula Vista has grown 25% since 2008. The Fire Department is 44 firefighters short based on this growth. Their 911 call response time should be under 5 minutes, but are often 7-9 minutes, or more with cross-town calls.   This is about providing a level of fire and medical safety that our citizens deserve when in need. With Measure A's passage, I will work hard so that the revenue promised for increased staffing of the Police Department and the Fire Department will only go toward increased staffing of these two departments, to make Chula Vista a safer place to live and raise a family. As a retired firefighter, I understand firsthand the demands and needs of public safety. As a small business owner, when the budget is down, we just dont write blank checks, hoping more money will come in, we work the schedules, see where cost savings can be implemented, and find the revenue to make our businesses work. I will apply my over 30 years public safetey service and small business owner experience when dealing with the budget, to ensure we live in a safe community.

Economic Development & Supporting Local Businesses

Summary

Fostering economic development and supporting local businesses in Chula Vista. 

Fostering economic development in Chula Vista is crucial to our city's well being. Attracting large and small businesses increases revenue and helps pay for increased city services, such as police and fire, parks and recreation, public works, sewers, street and sidewalk repairs. Starting more businesses creates positions for our citizens to work at, thereby reducing joblessness and poverty. Small businesses such as ours breathes life into our community.

When others warned against the idea of opening a new business on Third Avenue, my family and I opened a business there, helping to spark the revitalization of Downtown Chula Vista's Third Avenue Village. For our hard work, we were awarded the" Mayor's Award for Neighboorhood  Revitalization" by Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. Chula Vista needs someone like myself that can foster new businesses and build employment oppurtunities like we have done for our employees at the Third Avenue Alehouse.   Using that same visionary drive, I will push hard to also revitalize the rest of west Chula Vista, which includes Broadway. We will work to improve our business districts, and build a bicycle and pedestrian friendly Broadway for our families and tourists to enjoy. Along those same lines, guiding the redevelopment of F Street, from the Bayfront to Third Avenue, is crucial to bringing guests to Third Avenue and from Third Avenue to the Bayfront hotel and businesses.   The Bayfront project will launch in 2019 which is located in District 2. I will watch it closely to ensure it is finally built out completely and efficiently for the enjoyment and use of both our local citizens and tourists to our fine city, Chula Vista.

Measure Q, Marijuana Business Tax

Summary

Chula Vista Measure Q, Marijuana Business Tax

With Measure Q on the ballot, there are those who say that a cannabis tax must pay for additional costs of monitoring and enforcing recreational cannabis laws. Doing so will not be without costs. A tax on its sale that raises $5million in revenue depends on tens of thousands of dollars in marijuana sales in neighborhood locations, sales that can bring undesirable elements and the potential for crime costing in excess of public safety’s ability further to safeguard one of the currently safest cities in San Diego County. Public safety is my number one priority and our city currently faces a staffing shortger; we must work with public safety to ensure our neighborhoods are safe. If recreational marijuana is legalized, I believe that collecting tax on its sale should at the very least begin to satisfy the costs of enforcement. 

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