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Richard Campbell, Candidate for Pacifica City Council

Environmental attorney with a track record of actively supporting smart growth runs for public office.

General Information

Name : Richard Tiburcio Campbell
Age : 44
Place of residence : Pacifica

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : UCLA
Degree : B.A. Political Science
Year of graduation : 1991

Employment Information

Job titles held : Attorney
Employers : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Pacifica City Council (2-Year Term)
Chamber/district:
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : None
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : No

Campaign Manager

Name : Mike Brown
Title : Treasurer

URLs

Website : www.campbellpacifica2012.com
Facebook : www.facebook.com/campbellpacifica2012

Other facts

Private sector experience: Served as environmental and land use legal counsel for largest commercial and residential developers in country (Pulte, Shea, Lennar, US Homes).

Public section experience: I have a long local track record of actively supporting smart growth. Since I was appointed to the Pacifica Planning Commission in 2007 I have voted for, among other things: Surf Spot, the new Assisted Living Center on Oddstad, the French Patisseire bakery on north Palmetto, the new Walgreen’s in the Manor district (designed to meet LEED), the remodeled McDonald’s at Manor (also designed to green building standards), the new signage at the Pedro Point shopping center, the new look of the remodeled Safeway at Manor, and the Mega-Home notice ordinance.

I look forward to working with Pacifica residents on continuing to revitalize our commercial districts in a way that incorporates the best new ideas in urban revitalization. Pacifica’s developable areas are special places and deserve unique and bold development. Run-of-the-mill retail development (i.e., more fast food outlets and drug stores) that we see in the strip malls that surround Pacifica will not bring in the revenue we need or make Pacifica a unique place to live, work, and play. We need to dream big.

In summary, my priority will be on fostering commercial development that we can all support: Bold development that speaks to our location on the beautiful California coast, and which is capable of producing a significant and steady source of revenue we can count on.

My position as an environmental attorney at the EPA has also provided me valuable insight into the federal and state regulatory process, and a deep appreciation for the idea that the environment need not be sacrificed for economic growth to occur.

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My public and private sector experience, and my understanding of planning, zoning, and environmental requirements, will allow me to move quickly to ensure the City benefits from well-planned and smart commercial and mixed-use developments throughout the City. I will also work to get the City's new General Plan approved as soon as possible.

The General Plan is the City's blueprint for future development, and will dictate where and what type of development may occur in the City. It will provide certainty to those who wish to invest in or City, so we must finalize the new General Plan quickly. In doing so, I will work on the Council to ensure we preserve our Hillside Preservation Districts, and the protections that our current planning and zoning requirements give to the beaches and open spaces that make Pacifica so special.

I will continue to promote the recreational use of open space in Pacifica (for instance, establishing an annual "sprint" triathlon event in Pacifica that will bring more attention to our town). As I did on the Planning Commission, I will continue to promote the use of green building techniques in Pacifica.

Keri Ayers October 29, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Thank You Rich Campbell for Healthier School Lunch Recently my third grader came home from school and said, "Hey Mom, they only serve white milk at lunch now!" He knew this was good news, and it would make Mom happy. I proudly told him, "That’s because of Rich Campbell!" Thank you Rich for leading the effort in making school lunches healthier. Your work with the School Board and Sedexo (the lunch provider) is reflected in a much improved menu. Sugary flavored milks are no longer served. Whole grains are offered more, and students are required to select fruits and vegetables as part of their meal. In the past, I let my child buy school lunch occasionally as a treat. Now, I let him buy lunch on a regular basis. Dedicated people like you, who go the extra mile, make this a wonderful community to live in. This is just one of the many reasons I’m voting for you this November! Keri Ayers
Chris Zimdars October 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I just recently met Rich. I was very impressed with his perspective on how to grow the tax base for Pacifica without compromising the beauty of the coast. After speaking with Rich, it was clear that he has learned a lot over his years on the Planning Committee and I think that we will be well served by his expertise on the City Council. I'm really excited about the potential for Palmetto Ave and the new library and I trust Rich to protect us from the strip mall madness that afflicts most suburbs. Chris Zimdars
Marisa George November 03, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Rich Campbell provides a solid smart growth oriented plan, He is well versed in our city's attributes and areas that need improvement. He is an asset to our city. I strongly advise voting for Rich if you want our economy to flourish and our natural beauty to be protected and even enhanced through strategic planning.

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