city. The combination of aging infrastructure and growth issues
dictate that now is the time to devise a "game plan" for District No.
The Banning Ranch General Plan Amendment, some 20-plus years ago,
was my first experience with land use issues in the city. Initially
as co-chairman of the West Newport Legislative Alliance -- and later
independently -- I strove for a compatible balance among residential,
light industrial and commercial development with adequate
accommodation for traffic, recreation and open space, fire and police
protection and schools. The Banning Ranch remains an opportunity and
a concern for West Newport that, as an applicant to this position, I
am uniquely qualified to address.
As a planning commissioner, I was involved in several general plan
amendments and advocated certification of our Local Coastal Plan. I
have served the community in many and various capacities, which are
listed extensively in my application. I have demonstrated an ongoing
interest in, and understanding of, issues of importance to our city.
I founded Comstar Industries 16 years ago with one employee.
Today, Comstar is financially successful, employing 23 people with
annual sales well in excess of a million dollars. I have built and
managed the business myself; developed business plans and budgets;
financed long-term equipment loans and short-term lines of credit;
and signed vendor checks and payroll checks. I understand the
motivations and concerns of business owners and recognize their
importance to the community. I will work with the business community,
including those along Coast Highway -- at the western entrance to our
city -- to pursue revitalization and beautification similar to what
has been accomplished in other parts of town.
I want to put my experience, which is seasoned by many years of
continued interest and participation, to work for the city during the
current economic climate and ignite a revitalization of District No.