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City of HealdsburgCandidate for City Council

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Mel Amato

Retired Engineer
1,714 votes (12.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase our City's supply of housing affordable to low, moderate, and middle income working families and retired persons.
  • Increase the supply of parking for residents, business employees and tourists
  • Attract new businesses to improve the balance between tourism and other job creating and City revenue generating businesses.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Small Business Owner and Sales Application Engineer
Owner & Application Sales Engineer, Maxim Electronic Sales (1985–2015)
VIce President of Engineering & Marketing Promoted to President, Randtronics (1979–1985)
Senior Development Engineer to Operations Manager, Udylite (1969–1979)
Principal Research Associate on Electric Car Research Team, Ford Motor Company Scientific Research Staff (1967–1969)
Development Engineer and Project Engineer, Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc., Bell Aerosystems, Lear Siegler Inc (1957–1967)

Education

Wayne State University Masters Degree in Business Administration with Finance Major --, financial accounting, managerial accounting, marketing, statistics, economics, management (1978)
Case Institute of Technology Master of Science in Electrical Engineering --, advanced calculus, feedback control systems, advanced computer science, advanced engineering mathematics, (1964)
Case Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,--, physics,chemistry,calculus,differential equations,engineering drawing,strength of materials,thermodynamics,computers (1957)

Community Activities

200Kw Solar Project Leader for St. John's Church/School Campus, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School (2015–current)
Parish Finance Council, Chair for 3 years, and School Finance Council, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (2006–2016)
Member Board of Directors,, Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society, (2002–2008)
Instant Wine Cellar Major Annual Fund Raiser Chair,, Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, (2003–2006)

Biography

I’m a parent of 4 and an involved member and volunteer in our Healdsburg community. My Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees as well my MBA in Finance Degree are described elsewhere. After several jobs in design engineering, project engineering leading to President with Cleveland, Detroit and Northern California firms, my wife Geri and I purchased and together operated Maxim Electronic Sales in Milpitas, CA.  We relocated our business to Healdsburg in 2001.  After 22 years of ownership, we sold Maxim in 2007, retiring in 2015.

My local Church, School and non-profit volunteer activities are described elsewhere and are also detailed  at www.facebook.com/MelAmatoforCouncil/. We have lived in Healdsburg for 15+ years.

I successfully led our community’s 8 year campaign to rehabilitate and preserve rather than demolish and replace our historic Memorial Bridge. This choice saved taxpayers about $10,000,000. 

I’m running for Council to apply my business and MBA based financial management experience to the financial sustainability and other challenges facing our City

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Mayor Tom Chambers
  • Former Mayor Lisa Schaffner
  • Former Mayor Eric Ziedrich
  • Former Mayor Jerry Eddinger
  • Former Mayor Mark Gleason

Individuals (22)

  • Jon Worden
  • John & Janice Torres
  • Loretta Strong
  • Ken Spadoni
  • Karl & Nancy Seppi
  • Lew & Elaine Sbrana
  • Richard & Victoria Passalacqua
  • Nancy Eddinger Madarus
  • John & Kim Lloyd
  • Herb Lieberman
  • Craig Harrington
  • Susan Graf
  • Terry & Louise Fowler
  • Mary Lou Eddinger
  • Jeff Civian
  • Susie Eddinger Cavallo
  • Ted Calvert
  • Jim Brush
  • Jack & Lindsay Brandt
  • Joe Brandt
  • Stan Becker
  • Phil Luks

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in seeking free market and financially sustainable solutions to our community challenges.

My approach to addressing our challenges will include detailed research; collaboration with fellow Council members to reach consensus solutions; factual and financial transparency with our community in selecting optimal solutions followed by persistent and tenacious implementation.

Position Papers

Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation - A Collective Effort

Summary

The rehabilition campaign to rehabilitate and preseerve rather than demolish and replace our Historic Healdsburg Memorial Bridge was a collective, not and individual effort.

Clearly, the successful rehabilitation of our Memorial Bridge is the result of a collective effort and not just one individual’s effort. Therefore, thanks are due to all of those who contributed to this community cause.

First, thanks to our Vice Mayor, Gary Plass, who 9 years ago in 2007, when he was first mayor, launched our bridge preservation effort by requesting that I review and provide him feedback to the HDR consultant’s report about our bridge. Next, thanks to our State’s Department of Transportation agency, Caltrans, for re-inspecting our bridge in 2008, acknowledging their 1979 structural calculation error, thereby, substantially increasing the Sufficiency Rating of our bridge, removing the associated weight restrictions and opening the path ultimately leading to rehabilitation rather than demolition and replacement.

Thanks and special kudos to the other (4) members of our Friends of Healdsburg Memorial Bridge community lobbying group. These include David Dietz, now deceased, who applied for and obtained the listing of our bridge on the National Register of Historic places and created our bridge preservation Facebook page; Keith Power who collaborated with David in that effort; Deb Viola who created the 3-panel, 3 foot by 30 foot photo of our bridge which was displayed on a truck driven by Vince Dougherty in the 2010 Future Farmer’s Parade and in now hanging in our City’s firehouse; our Healdsburg Tribune Editor Ray Holley who conceived the “We love Healdsburg Memorial Bridge” logo message displayed on our banners and distributed bumper stickers and Ellen Minter who created and managed our bridge preservation website.

Thanks to the Board of Directors of our Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society for their written resolution delivered to our City Council in early 2010 by the Board’s then Vice President Ted Calvert. This resolution strongly urged our City to fully explore the rehabilitation option. Thanks to our 2010 City Council members Jim Wood, Tom Chambers, Gary Plass, Lisa Schaffner and Eric Ziedrich who selected rehabilitation as the preferred option out of 15 proposed options, thereby, not only preserving our historic and iconic bridge but saving taxpayers about $10,000,000.

Thanks again to Mayor Tom Chambers and Vice Mayor Gary Plass who after being stymied by Caltrans, did not throw in the towel, but instead, successfully appealed directly to our Federal Highway Administration to obtain rehabilitation funding. Thanks to our Federal Highway Administration for providing 88% of the funds required for engineering studies, an Environmental Impact Report and rehabilitation construction. Most of the balance of the funding came from Prop B funds.

Thanks to our City’s Public Works Department Director Brent Salmi and our City’s Bridge Rehabilitation Project Engineer Mario Landeros for their first class job in rehabilitating our bridge, especially for restoring the replicas of the original bridge lamps. By the way, if anyone remembers in what year those lights went out, please call our Museum.

A special thanks to all of the members of our Healdsburg Community who supported our rehabilitation cause by attending the many related city open houses and public meetings to voice their views.

Last but not least, thanks to my wife Geri for her patience and unwavering support of our 8 year mission.

Written endorsement by John & Kim Lloyd

Summary

John & Kim Lloyd endorsement Basis.

“We have known Mel Amato since he’s been in Healdsburg. His fiscal and business temperament coupled with his educational achievements  make him an ideal candidate for Healdsburg City Council. His dedication to restoring the old river bridge is a testament to his ability to get things done. We support his candidacy”.

Kim & John Lloyd

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