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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of El CajonCandidate for Council Member, Council District 1

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Gary Kendrick

El Cajon City Councilmember
6,826 votes (72.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • We brought our reserves up to $44M while cutting your taxes. I will continue my strong record of fiscal accountability and balanced budgets. That's one of the reasons I am endorsed by Supervisor Dianne Jacob.
  • We reduced homelessness in El Cajon by 11% while neighboring cities experienced a 25% increase. I will continue to lead the fight in combating homelessness in El Cajon.
  • Public safety is my priority. Crime in El Cajon is down 13%, and we hired 4 new police officers and 2 city park rangers. That's why I am endorsed by El Cajon Police Officers Assn. & El Cajon Professional Firefighters Assn.



Profession:El Cajon City Councilmember
Business Owner / Real Estate Investor, Self-Employed (1974–current)
El Cajon City Councilmember, El Cajon City Council — Elected position (2002–current)
Commissioner, Heartland Fire Communications Authority — Appointed position (2002–current)
Commissioner, Heartland Fire Training Authority — Appointed position (2002–current)
College Instructor, Southwestern Community College District (1998–2007)
Governing Board Member, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board — Elected position (1998–2002)
City of El Cajon Planning Commissioner, City of El Cajon Planning Commission — Appointed position (1996–2001)


National University Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Real Estate (1984)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Management (1978)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Supervisory Dianne Jacob
  • El Cajon Police Officers' Association
  • El Cajon Professional Firefighters Association

Organizations (2)

  • San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
  • Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS

Elected Officials (19)

  • Steve Goble - City of El Cajon Councilmember
  • Bob McClellan - City of El Cajon Councilmember
  • Bill Wells - City of El Cajon Mayor
  • Randy Voepel - CA State Assemblyman
  • Joel Anderson - State Senator
  • Dan McAllister - San Diego County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Ernie Dronenburg - San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
  • Ronn Hall - City of Santee Councilmember
  • Rob McNelis - City of Santee Councilmember
  • Brian Jones - City of Santee Councilmemeber
  • John Minto - City of Santee Mayor
  • Bill Baber - City of La Mesa Councilmember
  • Guy McWhirter - City of La Mesa Councilmember
  • Jerry Jones - City of Lemon Grove Councilmember
  • Mark Robak - Otay Water Board Director
  • Jo Medina-Alegria - Cajon Valley School Board Member
  • Jill Barto - Cajon Valley School Board Member
  • Dr. Gary Woods - Grossmont Union High School District Board Member
  • Jim Kelly - Grossmont Union High School District Board Member

Individuals (2)

  • Tony Ambrose - City of El Cajon Councilmember (retired)
  • Joan Shoemaker - City of El Cajon Mayor (retired)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (4)

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

Fletcher Hills west of Interstate 8 is already built out with single family homes. I would not support any increased density in that area. I believe in smart growth, meaning we should establish quality mixed-use multi-family housing east of Interstate 8, especially near the Transit Center.



Under my leadership, the City has approved the conversion of 3,000 apartment units to condominiums, giving first-time homeowners the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness? What specific changes, if any, would you make? 
Answer from Gary Kendrick:


Our multi-faceted approach has reduced homelessness in El Cajon by 11%, despite the rest of the East County Region experiencing a 25% increase in homelessness. I voted to hire a housing navigator, who has helped 60 people attain permanent housing in the last 6 months. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am proud of the progress we have made.


The Downtown Business Partners have experienced tremendous success in their downtown cleanup program. I propose that the City expands this program city-wide. We will partner with non-profit service providers who will provide a job and housing for individuals who are willing to give up alcohol and drug use. These individuals go through rigorous screening before being employed by our partners to clean up litter in the city, allowing them to re-join society in a meaningful way. The advantage of the non-profit partnership is twofold; firstly, these folks are experts in the field of homeless services, meaning they are uniquely equipped to evaluate and supervise their formerly homeless employees. Secondly, this partnership will prevent the city from incurring tremendously increased insurance costs associated with hiring these individuals directly.

Do you support any specific projects to promote economic activity in the City? Why or why not?
Answer from Gary Kendrick:

The City of El Cajon has the second-lowest development impact fees in the County. We need to continue our track record of being growth-friendly. This includes expediting permits and building quality houses and condominiums. The City has already approved the conversion of more than 3,000 apartment units to condominiums, and I intend to expand this program. This provides increased revenue for more police and firefighters and provides entry level home ownership, so our residents can achieve their American Dream.

I propose that the City uses our increased revenue from new hotels and car dealerships to hire more police officers.

Do you believe that the El Cajon Police Department needs an independent, civilian review board or commission (to investigate any allegations of officer misconduct)? Why or why not?
Answer from Gary Kendrick:

Police shootings are investigated by the District Attorney and the FBI, which services as an independent watchdog. The police serve as an apolitical institution in the interest of the people. It should not be politicized.

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