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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of OceansideCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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Michael E. Malulani K. Odegaard

Educator/Community Planner
1,094 votes (8.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • An organizer of Oceanside's own anticorruption committee, I will increase council member transparency & ethics standards to equal the strictest required of any municipal employee. City-facilitated neighborhood associations with share zoning powers.
  • I will donate one-half of my councilman's salary to establish a tiny houses therapeutic farming community for our homeless and promote municipal employment opportunities to engage homeless in productive and profitable public service.
  • High-paying jobs are being lost to cities that preserve livable residential amenities: I will prevent the erosion of our existing one-half mile maximum walking distance to public parks to the current unhealthful City-proposed 3/4-mile standard.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator, Community Planner, Cleantech Businessman
Lead, Nextdoor App — Appointed position (2016–current)
Chairman, Canyon Park Neighborhood Association — Elected position (2016–current)
Senior Planner, Newman Garrison Partners Architecture & Planning (2002–2007)
Community Designer, PBR Land Planning (1999–2002)
Planner, Danielian Associates (1995–1997)
Planning Intern, City of Costa Mesa, Department of Development Services (1989–1990)
Junior Planner, The SWA Group (1988–1989)
Coordinating Council Member, Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Chapter — Appointed position (1982–1984)
Trustee (Student Member), Coast Community College District — Elected position (1982–1983)

Education

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Master of Divinity, Pastoral Theology (2015)
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Certificate, Hawaiian Language (2008)
Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University MBA, Project Management (2004)
UC Irvine Bachelor of Arts, Art, Architecture, Commercial/Industrial Development Management, Land Use Planning (1997)
Orange Coast College Associate of Arts, Political and Ecological Sciences (1982)

Community Activities

Member, San Luis Rey (Oceanside) Rotary (2018–current)
Member, Oceanside Museum of Art Artists Alliance (2017–current)
Executive Committee Member, Represent Oceanside - Transparent Oceanside Governance (2017–2018)
Hawaiian Language Instructor, Harvard University Native American Program (2013–2014)
President, EarthSave Toastmasters (1996–1997)

Biography

Michael was born to a hard working father Gerald Odegaard who grew up on a 500-acre cattle ranch in the Oregon outback, earned a degree in Diesel Mechanics, was honorably discharged from his Korean War Air Force service in Orange County, and married a hapa-Hawaiian beauty queen from Honolulu who, after winning the title of "Miss Hawaiian Islands" in 1956, was recruited by pioneers of the Southern California sportswear industry to open up boutique shops in resort towns such as Balboa Island, Laguna Beach, and Palm Springs. A 95th generation descendent of Hawaiian nobility, Mona Maertens’ more recent ancestors include the Founder of the City of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Monarchy as well as the builders of the first classrooms of the University of Hawaiʻi and (more recently) the conductor of the first biological survey of Santa Monica Bay. Since indigenous Hawaiian history remains deficient in the American continent public school curriculum, most people who don't know Michael or who are unfamiliar with Hawaiian culture tend to profile him as Latino; so he is familiar with and very sympathetic to contemporary issues of racism experienced from various points of view in our society. Michael’s Presbyterian upbringing provided early leadership experiences in public forums exemplifying high standards of ordered, republican debate on controversial social issues. Local retention of pre-California Proposition 13 income taxes also afforded early opportunities to study Macroeconomics and Physiology, as well as Chinese, French, and Spanish languages. Michael’s first political experiences began as an Orange Coast College student where he studied a curriculum of Art, Physics, Economics, Philosophy, Political and Environmental Sciences, and his coordination of the week-long OUTLOOK ʻ81 Environmental Fair was recognized for its Exemplary Service, and he was then elected Student Trustee of the Coast Community College District, representing 100,000 students, which also gave him rare opportunities to interview candidates for top executive positions and also lobbying experiences in Sacramento. 

 

MIchael continued his co-curricular education in environmental advocacy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) on the LA Executive Committee of the Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and, as coordinator and theorist of the California Delegation of students at the AIA National Convention which Delegation’s plan also won the Design Award in charrette competition to redesign the United States capitol. While a Administrative volunteer for the LA Olympic Organizing Committee at UCLA (and later as a World Cup Ambassador) Michael learned the importance coordinated volunteerism plays in the success of any civic endeavor. Michael devoted his higher academic and professional studies to art and architecture then later moved into the larger scale of community planning and design while earning his undergraduate degree at UC Irvine where he focused his studies on the aesthetics of architecture, attending Jacques Derrida lectures, and representing his university’s students in drafting UCI's Long Range Development Plan. After completing internships in both public and private sectors of the development planning industry, Michael devoted 15-years of his career in the private sector to designing award-winning communities, continuing his theoretical work in community planning and design as a contributor and assistant editor of the Earthword Journal (EOS Institute of Sustainable Living of Laguna Beach), and his writings influenced the “Sustainable Alternative” for Los Angeles’ Tejon Ranch Masterplan drafted by the SWA Group. Michael has designed and written Landscape and Architectural Design Guidelines for various Specific, Strategic and Master Plans in Southern California communities (including locally in La Jolla and Encinitas), and he also designed new neighborhoods throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Italy. 

 

While Michael was in college his parents moved to a Bonsall avocado ranch, but when they divorced 24 or so years ago his mother bought an apartment building in coastal Oceanside (and Michael has been helping her to manage it in various degrees since then, especially during the last few years since he finished theological studies in Boston). Michael has also trained other environmental advocates to become effective speakers as founder and president of Fullerton’s EarthSave Toastmasters during the 1990s. His participation as a founder of Orange County's Habitat for Humanity chapter and marcher the 1991 Habitat for Humanity March to Mexico led to his 1997 chrismation (confirmation) in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In 2004, as he earned an MBA with emphasis in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, Michael began to understand the monetary value of his creative community planning and design work. 

 

The Great Recession of 2007 resulted in Michael's layoff and relocation to Honolulu where he pursued another lifelong goal of becoming fluent in the Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; this goal included his certification as a substitute teacher, a process that allowed him to write the first Hawaiian language community design curriculum used in that state’s Hawaiian Immersion Charter Schools. Michael taught Hawaiian language through the Hawaiʻi Department of Education Kupuna Program, and he also lectured on, and even campaigned for, indigenous linguistic rights before attending seminary at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA where in 2015 he earned an Master of Divinity degree emphasizing pastoral theology; while in the Boston Tri-City area Michael also taught Hawaiian language at the Harvard University Native American Program. 

 

 

Michael has been his mother’s trustee and primary caregiver since December of 2014, and since returning to Oceanside he has continued to teach Hawaiian language in San Diego County; he also made his mother’s apartment building Oceanside’s first to be solar powered while also advocating for his neighbors and helped them to establish the Canyon Park Neighborhood Association. He has spoken at meetings of the Oceanside Women’s Club, ACTION, and the San Luis Rey Band of Indians; Michael gives gallons of his baby-saving O+ CMV- blood to the local American Red Cross, and he is a member of the San Luis Rey Rotary Club, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Oceanside Museum of Art Artists’ Alliance, and Represent Oceanside - Transparent Oceanside Governance.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Brian Judd, Principal, PlaceWorks

Organizations (1)

  • Canyon Park Neighborhood Association

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (3)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district of Oceanside? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Michael E. Malulani K. Odegaard:

Housing density may be reasonably increased in Smart Growth Transit Oriented Developments within 1/2-mile of mass transit hubs located along the Coaster rail system on Oceanside Boulevard. Most affordable housing in Oceanside is provided through rental housing stock which includes rent-controlled manufactured housing (mobile home parks) and accessory dwelling units, Density Bonus apartment programs, deed restricted for-sale housing, and worker housing provided by agricultural enterprises, however there remains to be realized in Oceanside construction of tiny house therapeutic farming villages which fill in an important housing gap for persons experiencing severely compromised employability. 

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Oceanside? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Answer from Michael E. Malulani K. Odegaard:

The City of Oceanside has taken a mostly reactive and tentative approach to resolving homelessness that has resulted in the existing crisis situation. While churches have been empowered to provide temporary housing for homeless, neighbors in their immediate vicinity have closed down these well-intentioned efforts, and state law prohibits removal of homeless persons from public places when no other accommodations are provided. An emerging solution across the nation is provision of tiny homes villages associated with a therapeutic farming program; these programs dignify homeless persons with work opportunities while minimizing the administrative costs incurred by police activities currently employed by the City; I have pledged half of my councilman's salary, if elected, toward the provision of such a program.

Do you advocate any changes to the City's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Answer from Michael E. Malulani K. Odegaard:

The City of Oceanside has taken a cautious approach toward the licensing of cannabis production, distribution, and consumption that protects safe and economical access for medical patients. I do not support storefront distribution of recreational cannabis in Oceanside.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

It is an unfortunate fact that today residents of one Oceanside District are extracting the wealth of Oceanside residents living across town. Tax-paying residents have a right to fair and impartial governance, however Oceanside policy-makers are notorious for ignoring their consituents' needs in favor of developer profits. Democratic systems in a constitutional republic require a high degree of transactional transparency in order to avoid political corruption which compromises our citizens' ability to reach and/or protect goals and standards outlined in community vision statements. Furthermore, Oceanside's imprecise zoning code language allows unethical developers and even our own municipal planning staff to hide actual impacts of development proposals which in turn causes frustration to our existing residents and unenforceable objectives for our code enforcers. Since neighborhood livability is at stake in these situations, the appropriate scale of analysis and policy responsibility must be shared with neighborhood associations endowed with veto capacity for proposals adopted by the City Council. Instead of suppressing self-defined neighborhood groups, the City of Oceanside needs to facilitate neighborhood associations, endowing them with increased self-determining powers.

Videos (5)

Pier Walk Day 19 with Sean Owston — October 9, 2018 Michael Odegaard

Michael and Oceanside native Sean Owston develop his vision of an improved harbor with a permanent, built-in dredging system to allow sands built up in Csmp Pendleton to continue their natural drift down-current to Oceanside beaches.

Pier Walk Day 17 with Oscarin Ortega — October 9, 2018 Michael Odegaard

Michael and OUSD Board District 1 Candidate Oscarin Ortega explore the challenges facing Crown Heights residents and propose proactive solutions to prevent violence and underemployment of at-risk groups in Oceanside.

Michael and Paul Weber discuss the importance of providing homeless persons the opportunity for employment as the core of their rehabilitation program toward responsibility and self-sufficiency.

Michael and Dede discuss the importance of providing not only food but also hope and human relationships for homeless persons to help them to make the decision to receive help and improve their lives.

Michael and Jack discuss the importance of empowering neighborhoods to take proactive measures to address Oceanside's homeless and transient populations, such as alternative housing and employment opportunities. Neighborhood associations provide individual residents the opportunity to receive support for their concerns.

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