Meet Red


Bachelor of Arts – Cal State San Bernardino – 1978

Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration

Associate of Arts – San Bernardino Valley College – 1974

Real Estate and Escrow


United States Air Force Reserve – September 1965 – October 1998

  • Training and Deployments Officer

California Department of Transportation – February 1990 – May 1996

  • Planner

California Department of Transportation – February 1980 – February 1990

  • Training Officer

California Department of Transportation – August 1970 – February 1980

  • Administrator

California Department of Transportation – December 1963 – August 1970

  • Engineering Technician

About Robert “Red” Davis

 Hi.  My name is Robert “Red” Davis. I’ve served the past four years on Morro Bay City Council and I’m running for re-election.  I want to tell you who I am and why I’m running.

My wife, Gail, and I bought our house in Morro Bay in 1991 and we have lived here full time for more than 20 years.  During that time, I have served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, President of Morro Bay Friends of the Library, member of the Integrated Waste Management Authority, member of San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, and various City Council sub-committees, such as Cannabis Ordinance, Wind Farm Development, Chevron property negotiations, Revenue Enhancement measures, Tidelands Lease Policy, Community Choice Energy, Recreation and Parks Commission and the City’s Tourism Board.

Gail and I moved here from Nevada City, California, after I retired from Caltrans and Gail retired from the Nevada City School District.  Our children and grandchildren still live in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Our daughter and son-in-law are both Fire Captains.  I am also retired from the Air Force Reserve and I am active on the Lost At Sea Committee.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management with a specialty in Public Employee Labor Relations.  I worked 33 years at Caltrans as a Budget Analyst, Training Manager, Contract Compliance Officer and Planner.  During that same period I was also a Senior NCO in the Air Force Reserve, serving as Training Officer, Deployments Officer and supervising an Air Terminal Operations Center.

Some of the other things that I’ve done during the time that we’ve lived in Morro Bay are serve as President of the SLO Bike Club for eight years, Chair of the Morro Bay Citizens Bike Committee, Chair of the County Bicycle Advisory Committee and Founding member and Vice President of Bike SLO County,

In 2015 the SLO County Board of Supervisors honored me for service to the local bicycling community by naming the Los Osos Valley Road bike lanes between Foothill Boulevard and South Bay Boulevard as the “Red Davis Bikeway.”

I’m running for office again because I love Morro Bay. I’m proud of what we have accomplished in the past four years and what we are planning to do over the next ten years. I have a vision for Morro Bay – that we remain the small town that we have always been, that we welcome visitors who love what we are and that we continue to value our citizens for the wonderful way that they – we – support our community.


Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce

  • Member Board of Directors since May 2014
  • Elected Secretary April 2015 and re-elected November 2015
  • Elected Treasurer January 2016 and served until July 2016

Morro Bay General Plan Advisory Committee

  • Appointed May 2015
  • Elected Vice Chair August 2015

Morro Bay Friends of the Library

  • Life Member since January 2006
  • Parliamentarian – 2006-2007
  • Newsletter Editor – 2008-2011
  • Vice President – 2012
  • President – 2013-2015

Morro Bay Merchants Association

  • Member since March 2013
  • Elected Secretary April 2015
  • Re-elected Secretary December 2015

Morro Bay Citizens Bike Committee

  • Founding Member since April 2001
  • Chair since 2004

Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee

  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
  • Morro Bay Representative since May 2002
  • Vice-Chair 2009-2010
  • Chair 2011-2012

Morro Bay In Bloom

  • Member since March 2014
  • Weekly litter pickup at Centennial Parkway

San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition/Bike SLO County

  • Founding Member and Board Vice President
  • June 2001 – August 2011

Lost At Sea Memorial Committee

  • Member since December 2013
  • Elected Treasurer June 2015

San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Advisory Committee

  • Representing Supervisorial District 2 since January 2005
  • Chair 2008-2011

San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

  • Member since 1995
  • Newsletter Editor 2000-2002
  • President 2003-2006 and 2010-2013

Friends of Morro Bay Fire Department

  • Member since April 2015

Historical Society of Morro Bay

  • Member since 2015

Morro Bay Open Space Alliance

  • Member of the Bylaws Committee

Radio Talk Show Host

  • 97.3 The Rock Estero Bay Radio
  • On-air Talent since April 2014
  • What’s Up Morro Bay,” a look behind the scenes where we meet people who make our community special.

    Third Saturday each month at 1:00 pm

Historical Society of Morro Bay

  • Member since 2015

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers

  • Member since 1995

Randonneurs USA

  • Member since January 2003

Newspaper Columnist

  • SLO Tribune August 1999 – April 2008
  • Weekly “GO” column – exploring the Great Outdoors by foot and bicycle – adventures on the Central Coast

Outdoor Writers Association of California

  • Member January 2000 – December 2013

Honors, Awards & Achievements

Morro Bay Library Remodel – Negotiated the first-ever public private partnership with City of Morro Bay and SLO County to completely remodel the interior of the Morro Bay Library using private funds raised solely by Morro Bay Friends of the Library.  Project was delivered on time and within budget.

Red Davis Bikeway designated August 18, 2015, by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Los Osos Valley Road Bike Lanes between Foothill Boulevard and South Bay Boulevard.

Best Newsletter Editor 2001 – May 2001, Outdoor Writers Association of California

Bob Garing Service Award – June 2008, San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

Red Davis Outstanding Board Member Award – November 2011, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition

California Triple Crown organization – Three Double Centuries in one season

  • Tour of the Canyons
  • Davis Double
  • Tour of Two Forests

Gold Thousand Mile Club – September 2006, California Triple Crown organization

Five Double Centuries in one season plus support team member for one additional event.

  • Butterfield
  • Solvang
  • Hemet
  • Knoxville
  • Tour of Two Forests
  • Supported Solvang Fall DC

Fourth Air Force Outstanding Unit Training Officer – December 1980, General Sloan R Gill, Commander, 4AF

Strava Bike Climbing Challenge – November 2014, Climbed 38,851 vertical feet in 20 days

Third Place Photography Award – December 2014, San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

Strava Bike Climbing Challenge – February 2015, Climbed 28,253 vertical feet in 10 days


  • During my tenure as Morro Bay's interim City Manager, Councilmember Davis proved to be an effective hard working leader. He deserves be reelected to the Council as we will all benefit from the knowledge and experience in addressing critical COVID related economic issues. He will fight to maintain essential public safety services and our quality of life in beautiful Morro Bay.

    Martin Lomeli

  • Reds values and hard work ethic make a perfect combination for city council. It takes enthusiasm and diligence to represent all the citizens and I believe Red’s honest approach is worthy of the vote to re-elect him to Morro Bay City Council. Go Red!

    Dawn Ortiz- Legg

  • I have known Red since he served on Bike SLO County years ago and advised my Rotary project, connecting Cal Poly and the City of SLO bike paths. Red is a vital contributor to the community, and he has my whole-hearted support and endorsement in his campaign for Morro Bay City Council.

    Jan Marx

  • Keep Morro Bay ahead with Red

    Larry Burke & Susan Heinemann

  • Red Davis is the clear best choice for Morro Bay City council, he has a vision to improve the lives of residents and maintain the character of Morro Bay. During these challenging times we need experienced and level headed decisions to ensure our small businesses, jobs and local economy can recover and remain strong. I'm worried that other choices will have us going backwards and lead to a poor economy and poorer quality of life for residents. Let's make the smart decision and re-elect Red to city council. Thanks Red for your service.

    Robert Elzer

If you agree with me, I would be grateful for your vote on November 3rd!

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