“I bring the experience, vision, and steady
leadership we need at this time in the city’s history.”
My feelings about serving on the Council:
One of the goals of every member of the City Council after they get elected is to do something to make the city better than when we joined the council. We do not include in our oath the part that the Police incorporate in theirs to “leave the city better than it was when entrusted to us”. But we all DO swear “I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.” Well, we all run on a platform that we will do what is necessary to make Pacific Grove a better community, so I regard it as pretty much the same thing.
The question for all of us, however, becomes “How do we do that”? We do that by making the best decisions we can based on the information we have and in the context of what we promised the voters when we ran. That will not make everyone happy, but it will just have to do. I once told a Congressman I know that I was sworn in at my first meeting and sworn at during the second. He just thought for a moment and then said “Yes, that’s about the sequence of things”.
Looking back after serving eight years on the City Council – as well as with some regional organizations – I can honestly say that I left things much better that when I took on the job.
UC Berkeley Alumni Association – Life Member
St. Mary’s College
American Economic Association
World Economics Association
American Legion – Life Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars – Life Member
Causes and Organizations I Support
The Nature Conservancy | Peninsula Open Space Trust | Elkhorn Slough Foundation | National Audubon Society
Marine Mammal Center | SPCA of Monterey County | National Wildlife Federation | Arbor Day Foundation | The Heritage Society
Friends of the Library | Feast of Lanterns | Save the Pool Campaign of 2013 | Library Renovation Campaign of 2018-2019 | The Gathering for Women | The Blind and Visually Impaired Center