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After a long and very personal campaign, I am so happy and humbled to have been elected to the District 2 seat on the City Council.
Thank you for your support, and a special thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped out on the campaign. We knew it would be difficult to win in June with four people on the ballot, and each and every one of you helped make last night’s victory possible.
I will miss serving the people of District 6, but I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities of representing the “Beach and Bay” district when I am sworn in this December.
Today San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf announced she has raised $485,231 for her re-election bid to City Council District 2.
Based on the most recent fundraising disclosures due today to the City Clerk, Zapf raised an impressive $159,135 over the two-month period of March 18, 2014 – May 17, 2014. This exceeds the total amount raised by Zapf’s opponent, Sarah Boot, through March 17, 2014.
Zapf has more than $175,000 cash-on-hand going in to the last two weeks before the June 3rd election. Zapf’s campaign is supported by 1,344 unique contributors. City law limits campaign contributions at $550 per person for City Council elections.
Today the City Council voted to approve the Committee appointments for 2012. I am honored to serve on the following committees next year:
- Land Use & Housing – Chair
- Economic Development & Strategies – Vice Chair
- Public Safety & Neighborhood Services – Vice Chair
- Rules, Open Government & Intergovernmental Relations
- Natural Resources & Culture
I am particularly excited to be the Vice Chair of the newest committee on Economic Development and Strategies, chaired by Councilmember Lightner. As I’ve said before, the success of the City of San Diego is directly tied to the success of our local businesses, and I think that this Council recognizes that.
Yesterday, before the Great Power Outage of 2011 wreaked havoc throughout the County and dominated the Twitterverse , the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) held their September Board meeting.
After watching board members shamefully lash out at San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar for announcing that, while the Fire Department will still fully comply with the obligations of their SAFE funding, the 11 year tradition of letting the County and other cities use San Diego’s fire helicopters free of charge was now over, Agenda Item 2011-28 came before the board. The action item was a request from Councilmember David Alvarez and myself to suspend the call box tax on motor vehicle registration in San Diego County for the period of one year.
It’s not about getting rid of call boxes, but trying to either fix or eliminate a government program that has lost its relevancy. After our election and subsequent appointment to the SAFE Board, Councilmember Alvarez and I have been questioning and scrutinizing the practices of the San Diego SAFE organization. I am proud to announce that we have been working with Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher since the spring of this year, looking at revising SAFE statewide. Councilmember Alvarez and I hope this will create a dialogue that will transform the organization to improve public safety, government efficiency, and protect taxpayer money.
The first seven months of my term has been an incredible learning experience. Many of you are aware that I never intended to be a politician; I am a business owner. But I ran for City Council because I was fed up with how the mismanagement of taxpayer dollars was dramatically affecting my quality of life. I believe that, while government isn’t a business, making financial decisions based on business principals is the way to getting San Diego back in the black.