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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Chula VistaCandidate for City Council, Seat 1

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Mark Bartlett

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11,178 votes (44.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: increase staffing levels of emergency responders to provide a safer and more secure community for residents. We must ensure equitable allocation of public safety resources such as police officers and firefighters to each district.
  • Resourceful Economic Growth: cultivate a culture that trains, educates, and employs our own residents. I will advocate for small business growth in District 1 and will push for business owners and residents to have a voice in local government.
  • Strict Term Limits & Spend Tax Dollars Wisely: restrict career politicians from benefitting from and maintaining practices and policies that reflect special interests rather than constituents. Term limits will crack down on waste and fraud.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (9)

  • San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • League of Conservation Voters San Diego
  • SEIU 221
  • The United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 230
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
  • IBEW 569
  • San Diego City Beat Magazine
  • San Diego Free Press

Elected Officials (12)

  • Chula Vista Mayor Mayor Salas
  • Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins
  • Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Assemblymember Todd Gloria
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Southwestern College Trustee Nora Vargas
  • San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez
  • Chula Vista Elementary School Board Member Francisco Tamayo
  • Southwestern College Trustee Roberto Alcantar
  • Chula Vista Elementary School Board Member Eduardo Reyes

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters San Diego (2)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Mark Bartlett:

The current and future growth on the east side of Chula Vista requires that we address the infrastructure needed to support its burgeoning residents. Schools, fire stations, police sub-station, roads, sidewalks, libraries, parks, and public transit are structures that must be available to serve the increase the housing density in district 1. Expansion and development leading to an increase in the density of housing can be beneficial to Chula Vista, and I support such expansion when the appropriate infrastructure is in place. When sound infrastructure exists, problems associated with increased housing density are minimized. Most importantly, the concerns of the community should be heard and strongly considered when development proposals come to our city. A major benefit of increased housing density is the opportunity for more affordable housing units, but we must ensure developers do not have free reign to expand and commercialize without the city’s intention to provide necessary infrastructure for a safe, healthy, and vibrant community.  

Are you in favor of the City's cannabis tax, Measure Q, that's on the November ballot? Why or why not?
Answer from Mark Bartlett:

I support a regulated market over an illicit market. There are currently more illegal cannabis shops operating across parts of Chula Vista than 7 Eleven convenience stores. Illegal cannabis shops are operating within close proximity of schools and areas where children gather. Passing this ordinance will allow the city to create a regulated market. It will generate tax revenue to pay for a much needed enforcement program. Enforcement ensures the rules are being followed and cracks down on the illegal operations that currently exist. A regulated market provides strict limitations on locations where cannabis can be sold, hours of operation, and age restrictions. I support a regulated market that controls strict enforcement over the current illicit market which has cannabis dealers operating in problematic ways such as 24 hour a day access and activities near schools and residential communities.

Questions from KPBS (2)

Chula Vista is facing a $7.1 million budget deficit in 2020. Are you satisfied with plans in place to address the deficit? What might you change?
Answer from Mark Bartlett:

The recent measures approved by voters is helping to provide a stop gap measure which ensures we continue to fund public safety and infrastructure projects. I believe the bayfront development with the TOT revenue will improve our long term projections. They will also provide a larger source of revenue than sales tax. I will work collaboratively with the council to find new revenue sources as well as necessary budgetary cuts as needed that will not adversely affect Chula Vista residents. I agree with the Mayor and others on the importance of having a University Innovation District. It will be a catalyst for economic activity and growth like in other parts of the county.

Are you in favor of offering businesses incentives to operate in Chula Vista? If so, what kinds?
Answer from Mark Bartlett:

I am in favor of offering incentives to businesses to operate in Chula Vista. For too long, we have been called a bedroom community and have been struggling to raise revenue to cover our expenses.  We need more tax revenue for infrastructure needs, to spruce up our parks and recreation centers, and to meet residents’ needs. Encouraging more economic growth and activity will put us on a more financially stable path for the future.

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (1)

What, if anything, would you change about the City's approach to addressing homelessness?
Answer from Mark Bartlett:

The city needs improvement in collaborating with neighboring municipalities and homeless service providers to connect our homeless population with the services they need. We should be more proactive in addressing homelessness through data collection by conducting quarterly counts to assess the homeless population. I have a keen interest and have personal experience in addressing the issue of homelessness. I currently work to provide services that help individuals transition from homelessness into homes and places of employment. I will work tirelessly to reduce our numbers across the city of Chula Vista. Tackling homelessness is county wide effort and the resources exist, but it’s up to local government to take a proactive approach to reducing homelessness in their respective communities.

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