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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San MarcosCandidate for Council Member, District 2

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Randy Walton

Board Member, San Marcos Unified School District
4,754 votes (44.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prioritize infrastructure before growth. All projects must have the infrastructure to support the impacts of the projects.
  • Work closely with local schools, and support school construction and expansion. The classrooms are getting too crowded and the city and the school must work together to make room for future students.
  • Protect and expand parks, trails, and native habitats. Our open spaces are our most valuable assets, and Randy will fight to keep them that way

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney at Law
Owner, Walton Law Firm (2005–current)
Governing Board Member, San Marcos Unified School District — Elected position (2008–current)
Ridgeline Task Force, Charged with drafting a law to protect the San Marcos ridgelines from destruction by development. — Appointed position (2005–2005)

Education

California Western School of Law J.D. (1997)
UC San Diego B.A. (1989)

Community Activities

Board Member, The San Marcos Promise (2012–current)

Biography

 

For the last decade I have been a member of the governing board of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD), a district that educates over 21,000 students annually, employs nearly 2000 people, and operates on a budget of more than $230 million. In my time at SMUSD, academic scores have skyrocketed, we have built, rebuilt, or modernized five schools (including San Marcos High School), and we converted nearly every campus to solar power. In addition, 11 schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, two schools became California Gold Ribbon Schools, and SMUSD is now considered one of the finest school districts in the region, routinely sending students to the best colleges in the country.

 

I have also been a founder of two non-profits that benefit local students, including The San Marcos Promise, which helps students plan for life after high school, whether it is college or career.

 

Prior to my time on the school board, I was appointed by the San Marcos City Council to assist in the drafting of the city's Ridgeline Protection Ordinance, a law designed to protect the city's beautiful ridgelines from destruction by development. Our ridgelines and open spaces are the defining features of San Marcos and I believe that every effort must be made to preserve and protect them; the ridgeline law helps accomplish that.

 

I was also a leader in the 2004 fight to stop the placement of a Wal Mart on Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and Melrose, and for years was very active in San Marcos Youth Baseball. I currently coach the San Marcos High School surf team.

 

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 San Marcos? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Randy Walton:

 

 

San Marcos is a great city with enormous promise, yet we find ourselves at a crossroad. As one of the fastest growing cities in the county - our population has nearly doubled to 100,000 in less than 20 years - we see every day the pressure that growth is putting on our roads and schools, and our quality of life feels in jeopardy.

 

 

 

The prevailing belief is that San Marcos will outpace all North County cities in growth for the foreseeable future and that causes me concern. It’s time to tap the brakes. Despite the serious problem of housing affordability, the city and county have predominantly approved/built large detached tract homes for people of higher incomes, and very little housing for people of modest incomes or lower. The large housing projects threaten our open spaces and tend to produce more school-age children and more car trips, and because of them our schools and roads are feeling the strain.

 

 

 

As a city, we need to be smarter about how we grow. I will likely be supportive of housing projects that advance smart growth principles. That is, housing that is transit oriented and closer to the city’s core along the 78, designed for walkability, with smaller units that are more likely to be affordable for young professionals, college students, and families starting out. The North City project around the college is an excellent example of that.

 

 

 

Will San Marcos continue to grow? Yes, but we need to take the long view. The city’s current general plan states the total number of housing units when San Marcos will be at “build out,” and I don’t think we need to rush to get there. We certainly shouldn’t sacrifice our quality of life in the name of growth.

 

Question 2: HOMELESSNESS

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in San Marcos? What specific changes, if any, would you make?

No answer provided.
Question 3: MARIJUANA

Do you advocate any changes to the City's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.

No answer provided.

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