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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de CarlsbadCandidato para Council Member, Distrito 1

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Barbara Hamilton

Sustainability Professional
4,130 votos (33.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • A responsive, inclusive, and representative local government. Carlsbad residents have demonstrated a desire to be fully engaged in the future of our city, and they are deserving of a council that is receptive to their concerns, vision and values.
  • A safe and healthy environment that is protected for the public good and the future of our families. Carlsbad’s natural resources are a treasure, and our way of life depends upon electing environmental leaders who will protect and preserve.
  • An inclusive development policy that preserves the culture and history of Olde Carlsbad, the Village, and the Barrio. Carlsbad’s historic communities are essential to the valuable character and charm that attracts residents, businesses and tourists.



Profesión:Sustainability Professional. Community Advocate.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, San Diego Food System Alliance (2017–current)
Principal Consultant, Eco-Stream Sustainability Consulting (2007–current)
Sustainability Manager, Palomar Health (2010–2016)
Member, Envision Carlsbad Citizens' Committee — Cargo designado (2009–2012)
Public Art Commissioner, City of Oceanside — Cargo designado (1998–2000)
Russian Linguist, US Army  (1980–1984)
Russian Linguist, US Army (1980–1984)


University of Denver Master of Applied Science, Environmental Policy and Management, Energy and Sustainability (2016)
University of California, Irvine Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language, Literature, Culture and Civilization (1987)

Actividades comunitarias

Leadership role with over 200 local residents, Olde Carlsbad Voter Coalition (2017–2018)
Chair, and Member, Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team (NHLT) for San Diego County (2010–2016)
Chair, and Member, Novation Environmental Advisory Group (2010–2015)
Member, Envision Carlsbad Citizens' Committee (2009–2012)
Chair of the Sustainability Committee, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce (2008–2010)



Sustainability Program Management: Strategy/Implementations

Developed and implemented strategy for a regional healthcare system including benchmarking and tracking designed around the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Green Guide for Healthcare. The program’s focus was tied to the health mission, and included saving energy and water, reducing waste, providing healthier & more sustainable foods and beverages, increasing sustainable procurement, alternative transportation, connections to nature, and aligning engagement for collective impact.

Outcomes from these healthcare program areas consistently saved the organization money, reduced negative environmental and health impacts, increased collaboration and visibility both internally as well as regionally and across the nation, and garnered national recognition for the healthcare system four years in a row for continuous improvement and environmental excellence from Practice Greenhealth.

Strategy developed for a regional food system initiative across San Diego County resulted in a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Ad Council, and CalRecycle, the statewide waste and recycling agency, to deploy a county-wide food waste consumer education campaign, “Save The Food San Diego”, and other food waste reduction initiatives in businesses and institutions. Identified priorities and support for food recovery groups and food production facilities, identified and successfully garnered funding and grant opportunities, developed a resource site, facilitated peer-to-peer network building, provided input and updates on important legislation.

Secured grant funding of $500,000 from CalRecycle for regional food waste tracking and donation initiative: Smart Kitchens San Diego (SKSD). Implementation of SKSD will result in reduced GHG emission from both food waste source reduction and donation, the top two tiers of the EPA food recovery hierarchy. Annual expected reduction is 1,800,000 lbs. of food waste source reduction and 270,000 lbs. of edible food donation, or over 3700 MTCO2e.

Sustainability Reporting: Metrics/Tracking/Recognition

Researched and utilized local, regional, and national benchmarks, frameworks, and programs including USGBC’s LEED, The Natural Step, Energy Star Portfolio Manager, Practice Green Health, Health Care Without Harm, Green Seal, San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDGE) Healthcare Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP), among others. Select results include:

  • Protecting human respiratory and cardiovascular health by implementing a series of energy efficiency measures and negotiating natural gas & electricity commodities, which resulted in an annual electricity demand reduction of 6 million kWh, 685 kW (that’s like taking a small hospital off the grid), and annual savings of between $750,000 - $2,000,000.
  • Waste reduction and pollution prevention savings from recycling programs and reprocessing of medical devices totaled more than $500,000 per year, with reprocessing alone eliminating over 10,000 lbs. of waste to landfill each year.
  • With a focus on environmental nutrition, population health and wellness, procurement of Sustainable, Local, and Organic (SLO) food & beverage products increased to 27% of total dollars, 60% of all dollars spent on fruits and vegetables, 23% of all dollars spent on meat, and 70% of all dollars spent on beverages. 

Developed partnership opportunities for Save The Food San Diego with at least: all 19 government jurisdictions, healthcare systems, universities and colleges, corporate dining facilities, K-12 schools, and stadiums/large venues as food waste generators, as well as both food banks, network of over 400 food recovery agencies, added value processers, gleaning organizations, regional networks/programs, and education/outreach programs. Select engagement results include:

  • Reaching over 2 million of 3.3 million residents of San Diego County via Save The Food San Diego messaging
  • Sharing collaborative approach with jurisdictional policy makers and staff, as well as food waste generators and food recovery stakeholders from across the state at CalRecycle SB 1383 rulemaking workshops and Food Waste Solution Summits III and IV
  • Deploying 46 “Save The Food” billboards across the county, and engaged via social media, blogs and newsletters

 Collaboration for Collective Impact: Presentations/Committees/Working Groups

From presenting at New Employee Orientations and internal Green Teams to presenting at Regional and National Conventions on subjects pertinent to sustainable business. Engaging and inspiring teams within departments and organizations, and also as collaborators working together within industry specific regional and national organizations:

  • Internal Green Teams and Councils in healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, entertainment
  • Industry specific regional collaborations such as the San Diego Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team, facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), and the California Ed Med Collaborative (CEMC)
  • National participation influencing attribute disclosure and increased access to safer, more sustainable products and services with Novation Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), Environmental Advisory Group
  • Health Care Without Harm’s (HCWH) national Market Transformation Groups (MTG) participation toward healthier, more sustainable foods, and also safer chemicals and disclosures
  • EMIES UnWasted Food Awards, honoring & encouraging local food waste reduction & recovery efforts
  • Food Waste Solutions Summit III & IV, and Food Recovery Capacity Building Workshop, bringing together stakeholders from across the region, state and country to explore best practice, innovation, and funding opportunities for food waste reduction, recovery, and recycling
  • Serving on Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee, collaboratively developed and implemented Green Business Certification Program



¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (10)

  • Olde Carlsbad Voter Coalition, a coalition of 200 neighbors & Carlsbad District 1 voters
  • San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Sierra Club San Diego
  • San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • SEIU Local 221
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • DEMCCO (Democratic Club of Carlsbad and Oceanside)
  • North County Latino Democrats (acceptable rating, majority vote)
  • League of Conservation Voters San Diego

Funcionarios electos (2)

  • Cori Schumacher, City of Carlsbad Councilmember
  • Catherine Blakespear, Mayor, City of Encinitas

Individuos (37)

  • Bob Gilbert
  • Cynthia DeCuir
  • Paige DeCino
  • Jennifer Bradley
  • Bruce Bekkar, MD
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Jan Bandich
  • Mary Anne Viney
  • Jennifer Threlfall
  • Amy Sheets
  • Ron Severino
  • Warren Scott
  • Phil Rogul
  • Diane Nygaard, Community Leader, Preserve Calavera
  • Elyse O’Neill
  • Simon Angel
  • Pat Amador
  • Bob Almack
  • Kathleen Alexander
  • Erin McPherson Nielsen
  • Brian McInerny
  • Lisa McKethan
  • Amanda Mascia
  • Elyse Lowe
  • Beryl Lewis
  • Jean Isbell
  • Keith Hunter
  • John Hamilton
  • Robin Hansen
  • Tanya Griffiths
  • Jodi Good
  • Lisa Gilbert
  • Bob Edgar, Jr.
  • Laura Drelleshak
  • Greg Dowell
  • Susan Cleveland
  • Brian Carter

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (1)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district of Carlsbad? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Respuesta de Barbara Hamilton:

I agree that we need to see a more serious effort toward providing more low and medium-income housing, providing places for our diverse workforce, our adult children and young families to live, and allowing our seniors to age in place. 

Currently, we have an inclusionary housing ordinance that requires all housing developers to provide 15% of the total units as affordable based on median family income. However, if building under 6 units, the developer can pay a low $4,500 fee instead of building an affordable unit, otherwise known as a “housing in-lieu fee”. One specific policy action that the City Council could take to create more affordable housing would be to eliminate housing in-lieu fees.

Eliminating the practice of accessory dwelling unit waivers would also increase development of more affordable housing. Currently, with a waiver, accessory dwelling units are approved as a way to meet a development project’s inclusionary housing requirement. These units are not counted for the purposes of the city’s growth management dwelling units or considered for additional traffic impacts. They are also not required to be rented to lower income people, or even required to be used as an accessory dwelling.

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters San Diego North County (1)

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Carlsbad? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Respuesta de Barbara Hamilton:

The top four strategies identified in Carlsbad’s recent Homeless Response Plan are to: prevent, reduce and manage homelessness in Carlsbad; support and build capacity within the city and community to address homelessness; encourage collaboration within the city, community partnerships and residents; and retain, protect and increase the supply of housing.

Our police and fire are already responding to health, safety, and resident calls to address homelessness in a more compassionate manner. The addition of two social workers will assist in providing a deeper understanding of the reasons why our individuals are currently homeless or unsheltered in our city. 

We have an opportunity to work with and learn from other cities in our region and to expand our work with partners such as Community Resource Center, Vista Community Clinic, Interfaith Community Services, Alliance for Regional Solutions, and Solutions for Change, just to name a few who are already working with us and are a part of the network of organizations addressing interconnecting issues that this vulnerable population faces.

Preguntas de The San Diego League of Women Voters North County (1)

Do you advocate any changes to Carlsbad's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Respuesta de Barbara Hamilton:

I have not heard from the residents on this issue yet. In all of my conversations with residents, it has not come up. I would welcome more conversations with residents, safety professionals, school administrators, and with economic development staff to consider the best opportunities and considerations for our community. 


Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am running for the office of Carlsbad Council District 1, because over the past few years we have seen a change in how our local government has been implementing what we believed was the Carlsbad Community Vision. In District 1, we are concerned about maintaining the unique qualities that we value in our community, and we are disillusioned with the responsiveness of our City Council to the stated concerns of our fellow citizens. 

I bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to this role. I grew up in rural MN on 40 acres of land, a card-carrying member of the Smokey the Bear Club. I served in the US Army as a Russian linguist behind the Iron Curtain. I have owned and operated small businesses and worked in the fields of art, education, environmental sustainability, and human health. 

I have developed interpersonal skills that help me to facilitate, collaborate and motivate others. 

With a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management, I understand the importance of developing and implementing informed policy and procedure. As a business professional, I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and planning. 

I am uniquely qualified for this role. I served for three years on EC3, the Envision Carlsbad Citizens’ Committee to inform the new General Plan. And I spent that past 1.5 years successfully leading a group of 200 residents in opposition to inappropriate in-fill development in my community. I am ready to serve, to hear and to amplify the voices in my community. 


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