What are my Goals as Councilmember?
Being chosen by the people to make decisions that affect their lives every day is a solemn responsibility that I take very seriously.
I am proud of the progress our city has made during the past four years.
- The Water Reclamation Facility has moved forward from a concept on paper to a project under construction.
- I helped write an ordinance for short term vacation rentals that balances community needs.
- I helped write an ordinance to keep tobacco and vaping products out of the hands of our young people.
- All City funds have rainy day reserves.
- Every budget is balanced, even considering extraordinary COVID-19 impacts this year.
- I personally provide direct transparent communication to residents with a monthly newsletter.
This election is about the future, where you think your city ought to be headed —
Do you believe that we are on the right track?
Shall we continue to move forward?
This is your opportunity to choose.
This is the future that I will pursue:
- Complete water recycling so we become water-independent and drought-proof.
- Continue to work with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a balanced economy.
- Continue to develop open space and recreational opportunities such as the Chevron property, Morro Bay Power Plant and the existing Water Treatment Plant site on Atascadero Road
- Create additional affordable housing opportunities.
- Support our fishermen and develop offshore wind energy.
- Protect our Harbor by developing new revenue to replace aging infrastructure.
- Develop new revenue so that we can:
- Maintain local control of police and fire resources;
- Repave our streets to acceptable standards;
- Maintain clean public restrooms and weekend trash pickup.
- Plan for future income-producing recreational development of city-owned property at the existing WWTP site on Atascadero Road.
- Ensure that development of the Morro Bay Power Plant meets community needs and provides additional revenue for the City.
- Develop a broader economic base that can help protect us from major catastrophic events.
- Help our existing businesses to grow.
- Relocate our Visitor Center to a prime location with parking.
- Build a history museum.
- Continue to complete projects on the Unmet Bike/Pedestrian Needs list.
- Extend the Harborwalk north from Morro Creek to the Cloisters on the west side of the high school.
- Find sustainable funding to bring our streets up to PCI 70.
- Complete our update of the General Plan/Local Coastal Program with an updated Zoning Ordinance.
- Ensure that our public restrooms are kept clean and provide weekend trash pickup both downtown and on the waterfront.
- Ensure that we provide fair and equitable protection to our fishing community through proper interpretation of Measure D.
- I’d like to do for the harbor what we did for One Water – an assessment and inventory of needs and a 30-year Sustainability Plan for financing improvements.
- Look for funding sources to remodel or build a new police station.
- Improve event coordination and communication.
- Facilitate construction of the new Morro Bay Aquarium.
- Explore a property/business owner improvement district that will enhance the appearance of downtown businesses and improve the value of commercial property throughout the city.
- Pursue building a haul-out boatyard on the Embarcadero and create a Working Waterfront.
- Develop a fast-track business-permitting process.
- Develop a simple and equitable sign ordinance.
- Create a business-friendly climate that supports our merchants.
- Develop a process for reviewing parklet applications that includes buy-in from all affected businesses and stakeholders.
- Continue to work closely with Morro Bay High School in strategic planning and communication.
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.
After serving with Red since 2018 I know for sure he deserves your vote. Red is committed to Morro Bay and listens closely to what our residents want and need. He's a collaborator and has is eye towards the future. Red is just what Morro Bay needs.
Dawn Addis, Morro Bay Mayor Pro Tem
It has been my distinct pleasure working alongside Red during these past 4 years on the City council. He is always thoughtful, well prepared, and effective in supporting policy issues important to advancing Morro Bay’s future success as a viable city.
Mayor John Headding
Red has been a true voice of the community in many ways during his first 4 years on Council. I'm thankful for his leadership, and look forward to another term of solid judgements and future vision.
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