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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Pacific GroveCandidate for Mayor

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Bill Peake

Council Member
2,858 votes (39.81%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserve Pacific Grove's values: maintain or grow housing supply (with affordable housing), supporting local small businesses and protecting our coastal environment
  • Maintaining fiscal stability: critical review of expenses for maximum value, spending to maintain city infrastructure and city services such as police, fire, library; and encouraging local business to grow local economy
  • Improve public engagement and transparency: be proactive on key community issues such as the environment, economy and housing. Seek out and engage stakeholders. Make more information available on the web.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Council Member / Engineer
Council Member, City of Pacific Grove — Elected position (2014–current)
Recreation Board Member and Chair, City of Pacific Grove — Appointed position (2011–2014)
Consultant Engineer, Chevron Corporation (1978–2010)

Education

University of California, Berkeley Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mechanical Engineering (1978)

Community Activities

Point Pinos Lighthouse preservation volunteer, Heritage Society of Pacific Grove (2011–current)
event volunteer (4th July picnic, Holidays at the Inns), Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce (2016–current)
Board Member and Secretary, Heritage Society of Pacific Grove (2013–2016)
Point Sur Lightstation docent, Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers (2011–2014)
Point Pinos Lighthouse docent, City of Pacific Grove (2011–2012)

Biography

In addition to my civic leadership experience:  

  • Pacific Grove Council Member (2014-present)
  • Pacific Grove Recreation Board (2011-2014) 

I’ve served on the following Boards and Committees:

  • Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA) Board Alternate (2017-present) 
  • MPRWA Technical Advisory Committee (2017-2018) 
  • Access Monterey Peninsula Board (2015-2016)
  • Monterey One Water Board Alternate (2017-present)
  • Monterey Salinas Transit Board Alternate (2017-present)
  • Monterey County Emergency Policy Communications Advisory Council (2016-present)

Accomplishments since 2010 are:

  • Helped raise funds for the children’s pool at Lovers Point 
  • Organized and promoted the Point Pinos Coastal Trail Project
  • Restoration volunteer at the Point Pinos Lighthouse
  • Helped organize and presented at the Pacific Grove Housing 101 Forum
  • Authored a CalPERS pension report
  • Passed a construction noise ordinance
  • Passed a workplace safety policy

I’ve served on the following Nonprofit Board:

  • Heritage Society of Pacific Grove Board (2013-2016)

My work experience and academic credentials are:

  • I bring skills developed over a career (32 yrs.) in engineering management for the Chevron Corporation at locations in California and worldwide.
  • I have a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley

Personal:

  • Pacific Grove homeowner since 1990
  • Retired 2010

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Monterey County Hospitality Association
  • Monterey County Business Political Action Committee
  • Monterey Bay Action Committee – Candidates

Individuals (46)

  • Judy Wills
  • Barbara Thomas
  • Claudia Sawyer
  • John Pearse
  • Vicki Pearse
  • Shirley Peake
  • Rick Parsons
  • Lowell Northrop
  • Wilda Northrop
  • Donald Murphy
  • Marie Murphy
  • Randy May
  • Maureen Mason
  • Mylo Lowery
  • Charlene Lowery
  • Jan Loomis
  • Jill Kleiss
  • Bonnie Kirk
  • Collen Ingram
  • Larry Jones
  • Stephanie Herrick
  • Peggy Hansen
  • Bobbie Hall
  • Scott Hall
  • Carol Greenstreet
  • Denyse Frischmuth
  • Robin Aeschliman
  • Janet Cohen
  • Nina Grannis
  • Carmelita Garcia
  • Robert Frischmuth
  • Vanessa Bredthauer
  • Glynis Greening
  • Tony Greening
  • Linda Bileci
  • Joseph Bileci
  • Judy Fehily
  • Erin Deeny
  • Frank Boren
  • Gwen Blaney
  • Christine Bertko
  • John Bertko
  • Hillary Bennett
  • Jeanie Anton
  • Thom Akeman
  • Kim Akeman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Democracy works best when people stand up and participate.  If you are becoming informed about candidates and ballot measures, you’ve demonstrated that you care about the community, as I do.  Thank you.

With your support I will be able to continue to contribute.  If you elect me, I will do all I possibly can to earn your faith and trust every day.

I’ll do that in the spirit of helping others, listening to understand, making balanced decisions and transparency.  I’ll work to be an excellent steward of the city: its finances, services, and environment.

Thank you for your consideration.

Bill

 

Position Papers

Economy and Housing

Summary

Support a Vibrant Local Economy

Enhance Downtown

Short Term Rentals

Mixed-Use Development

Water for Affordable Housing

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Housing Trust Fund

City-Non-Profit Developer Partnerships

 

Support a Vibrant Local Economy

As additional water supplies become available consider all potential residential and commercial needs including visitor-serving businesses.

We should support special events that enrich our community.  Priority should be given to traditional events and fundraisers for local nonprofit groups. 

We should continue membership in the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau which provides much needed marketing for the town.

Enhance Downtown

We should review the City’s business permits and fees to consider ways to reduce staff time and cost.

Assist local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce in promoting sidewalk dining and evening entertainment, for example, outdoor music events. 

The development of mixed-use properties should be encouraged to attract more people to downtown businesses.

Complete the Downtown Commercial Design Guidelines and update the Downtown Parking Plan to guide the Architectural Review Board and reduce uncertainty for commercial property developers.

Short Term Rentals

Limit short term rentals in residential zones.  I support a November ballot measure to limit short term rentals in neighborhoods.

Mixed-Use Development

Encourage mixed-use residential in commercial zones by reducing parking requirements and providing zoning variances.

Water for Affordable Housing

As additional water supplies become available consider all potential residential and commercial needs including prioritizing affordable housing.  Waive or reduce water fees for affordable housing.

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Implement an inclusionary housing ordinance to mandate affordable housing units in new developments.  Include reduced parking and fees, and zoning variances to mitigate cost of affordable housing.

Housing Trust Fund

Create a housing trust fund to receive funding from taxes, fees, and donations to support affordable housing.  Establish a revenue stream from new transient occupancy tax sources.

City-Non-Profit Developer Partnerships

Partner with non-profit affordable housing developers to create new affordable housing on city-owned property such as the parking lot behind Lighthouse Cinemas. 

Environment & Safety

Summary

Protect Coast, Wildlife & Bay

Protect our Parks & Urban Forest

Sustainability

Police

Fire & Emergency Services

Protect Coast, Wildlife & Bay

Collaborate with PG Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Audubon Society and MBNM Sanctuary/Bay Net to manage our coast from Asilomar Beach to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Support proactive coastal stewardship of our rocky shores, wildlife habitats, and water quality.  Help people enjoy the coast without harming it.  Prepare for climate change impacts.

Protect our Parks & Urban Forest

Support proactive upkeep of our parks, urban forest, and Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, including replanting trees.  Support recreational opportunities involving outdoor youth activities in our parks.

Use only environmentally friendly methods for weed and pest management.  Apply integrated pest management principles.

Sustainability

Reduce or eliminate consumption of single-use plastics by using sustainable materials.  Reduce use of any plastic materials where possible.

Support Everyone’s Harvest PG Certified Farmers’ Market which provides access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs.

Expand our Local Water Project to provide more recycled water for irrigation.

Replace city owned vehicles as needed with hybrid or electrics to reduce carbon emissions. 

Police

Support community policing to create a partnership between the department and community members.  Officers will continue to engage and understand the public, as opposed to simply handling incidents.

The city is pursuing a new accreditation program (CALEA) to improve standards, strengthen crime-prevention and reward professional excellence.  We should continue to support this program.

Fire & Emergency Services

The City should continue to provide excellent fire and emergency services through contracting with local fire departments.   

We should continue to staff our fire department with knowledgeable and motivated personnel to provide the community the best protection possible.

Financial Stability & Governmental Reform

Summary

Control Pension (CalPERS) Costs

Fiscal Responsibility

Maintain Healthy Reserves

Community Partnerships

Better Change Management

Control Pension (CalPERS) Costs

Control pension liability growth.  Limit full-time staffing increases by using contractors and part-time staff when it makes sense.  Hire new employees under state pension reform rules.

Control the growth of pension liability through cooperative negotiations with employee groups.  Support significant staff contributions to employer pension payments.

We should participate in any League of California Cities initiatives to reform CalPERS including actions intended to modify the ‘California Rule’.

Fiscal Responsibility

Approve budgets that demonstrate fiscal responsibility.  Discuss departmental budget expenditures to control spending.  I support a November ballot measure to increase transient occupancy (hotel) tax.

The city should use available funds for infrastructure maintenance: roads, sidewalks, storm drains and sewers.  As funds become available safety improvement for Pine Avenue should be a priority.

Maintain Healthy Reserves

Maintain reserves at 35% of the annual operating budget as per policy.  We should use reserves only in emergencies and replenish them as soon as possible.

Community Partnerships

Commend and support local non-profits that work in partnership with the city to operate and renew the library (Friends & Foundation), museum (Foundation) and lighthouse (Heritage Society).

Better Change Management

Manage change to preserve Pacific Grove’s hometown character.  Change is inevitable, and we need to manage it in the best way possible.  

Support a culture of listening to residents and business owners to understand their perspectives. 

Make the City’s website more user friendly with navigation that is as intuitive as possible.  Evaluate public record requests to identify need for increased transparency.  Post contracts on the internet.

Candidate Contact Info

Address:
Peake for Mayor
PO Box 51838
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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