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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of PowayCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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Dave Grosch

2,257 votes (42.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Balancing our Budget and maintaining our city services at the highest possible level
  • Continue to be approachable and accessible to my fellow Powegians
  • Support the revitalization of Poway Road as we maintain the small town feel of Poway



Profession:Project Business Manager/ Poway City Councilmember
City Councilmember, City of Poway — Elected position (2010–current)
Project Business Manager, SAIC (1991–2008)
Business Manager, TRW (1974–1990)


Loyola University of LA Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration (1974)

Community Activities

Volunteer, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) (2010–current)
Vounteer, Kiwanis Club of Poway (2012–current)
Volunteer, Elks Lodge of Poway (2018–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Council member Barry Leonard
  • Mayor Steve Vaus
  • Phil Spear

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 Poway? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Dave Grosch:

Recently the Council approved the Poway Road Specific Plan. This plan put a cap of 1148 units (apartments and Condos) along Poway Road.  The City has about 10 affordable housing complexes in Poway.  For future housing, because the state took away our Redevelopment agency we no longer have the funds. But we have the land. We have teamed up with a partner to build 50 housing units for adults with developmental disabilities. That is good news!

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 Dave Grosch:

Yes, I support the City's approach to homelessness.

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

I support the revitalization of Poway Road. This will bring a mix of housing (Apartments and Condos) and commercial investment to our City.

Do you believe that the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) has adequate independence, authority, and resources to provide effective civilian review, if there are allegations of sheriff deputy misconduct in the City of Poway? What changes, if any, do you think should be made to that body?
Answer from Dave Grosch:

Yes, I support the CLERB.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Recently the Poway Cheiftain asked each candidate a few questions. Here are my answer to a few of those questions.


Have answerd a few questions that the Chieftain has asked. For more info please go to my website: Thank you!


Why I am running:  I am running to finish what this council started: The successful completion of the Community/Senior Center, the Espola Safety Improvement Project and to ensure Poway Road becomes a vibrant and attractive place for our existing and new businesses on Poway Road. And finally, I want to ensure we remain financially secure in the next four years and beyond.  


In Describe your vision of Poway Road in the year 2028.

The Poway Road Corridor Specific Plan passed in December 2017, sets the standards and guidelines for the future of Poway Road.  “The Outpost”, which was recently approved and will soon begin construction, will be the springboard for future development and improvements along Poway Road. Already improvements have begun: The Creekside AMC Theater is going through renovations, the Irish Pub shopping center looks great and improvements to existing centers are under way.  And each new development along Poway Road will be subject to review by the council and our citizens through workshops, pre-development review and Council meetings.

Should the city spend money to add more low- and moderate-income housing? We do not have the funds to spend on low/moderate income housing. In 2011 Governor Brown dissolved all Redevelopment Agencies in California so those funds are no longer available. Fortunately, we have the land. We just need a willing partner to help finance any future housing projects. We found one such partner in the current proposed Villa de Vida project that will provide housing for adults with developmental disabilities


1.     What do you see as the key issues the council will face in the next four years

·       Continue to balance our budget and maintain city services at the highest possible level.

·       Unfunded Pension Liability

·       Start/complete the Community/Senior Center and ensure we have the adequate transition space for our seniors.

·       Ensure quality development along Poway Road with support and input from our community.

·       How to fund and maintain our Landscape Maintenance Districts (LMD) along Espola and Twin Peaks Roads in Poway?

·       Future Water/Sewer Rates


Candidate Contact Info

Phone: 858-210-9185

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