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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Jacqueline Arsivaud

Board Member, San Dieguito Planning Group
16,482 votos (10.9%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Prevent San Diego from turning into Orange County by reining in urban sprawl and building near existing infrastructure, while focusing on the affordability of housing
  • Reduce traffic congestion and gridlock by developing a forward-looking transportation vision incorporating world-class best practices
  • Protect public safety via investment in fire protection and emergency medical services, and by focusing on evacuation planning

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Board Chair, Elfin Forest Harmony G Town Council
Board Member, San Dieguito Planning Group — Cargo elegido (2009–current)
Board Chair, Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council — Cargo elegido (2005–current)
Principal and Founder, Analytique, Inc. (1994–2000)
International Marketing Manager, Hewlett-Packard Company (1986–1992)

Educación

Institut Superieur de Gestion, France MBA, Business, Marketing, Finance (1981)
Institut d'Etudes Politiques, France Bachelors degree, Political Science and Economics (1979)

Actividades comunitarias

Board Member, San Dieguito Planning Group (2009–current)
Founder and president, Friends of the Creek, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural resources (2006–2012)
Fundraising Chair, San Dieguito Academy Foundation (2006–2008)
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Voices for Children (2004–2005)

Biografía

I am an immigrant and an American by choice who came here for the broad values that America represents: generous, inclusive, with freedom to be who you want to be instead of what your circumstances would dictate.

 I grew up on a small family farm in France where the labor included the children, like all working farms the world over. I know a thing or two about hard work, from mucking up cow stalls every day to harvesting grapes in October rain, and loading hay bales in impossibly small attics above the stable. We had dairy cows, cattle, and vineyards used to make Cognac, the brandy my hometown is famous for. No one in my family attended school past 8th grade, and the fate of farmer’s daughters back then did not include education.  Yet because of dedicated public school teachers who introduced me to books, and convinced my parents I should break the mold, I finished high school top in my class and went on to selective schools for college and business school. 

 Which is how I was able to get to America.

 I knew I had to leave my country of birth to pursue a career because at the time, regardless of your educational credentials or intellectual abilities, the ability to succeed was primarily determined by your social origins; the first question when you met someone new was “what does your father do”?  I saw the plum jobs in the graduating classes above me go to those who had family connections, not necessarily to the best and the brightest.

 So in the summer of 1980 I came to San Diego State University for a summer session as part of my MBA curriculum.  I paid for the trip expenses with a side modeling job, and I made it to California, the Eldorado that every French kid of my generation (and subsequent ones too!) dreams of visiting some day.  I fell in love with San Diego that summer.

 I remember as a child teaching myself English by singing along to records by Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen, mouthing sounds to words I did not understand, but dreaming that one day I too would be rich and famous in America.  I imagined myself as a diplomat, or a journalist, or a businesswoman, traveling the world and operating in that incomprehensibly alluring language that was the lingua franca of freedom and liberation from the Old World’s social shackles.

 And in June 1981, I left the family farm for good, and got a one-way ticket to the land of opportunity.

 I was able to realize the dream that I left family, country and everything I knew behind for. Besides raising a family of two wonderful children with my husband of 30 years, for 20 years I started several tech companies right here in San Diego, creating many high paying good jobs; I also ran big organizations with employees around the world for a Fortune 500 company. Those business skills, earned the old-fashioned way, have prepared me well for the job of County Supervisor, an executive-level job co-managing 17,000 employees and a budget of $6 billion.

 When I sold my last company, I invested the same energy and drive into giving back to my community. I fundraised millions of $ for a public high school, I created a nonprofit to snatch some of the most valuable habitat in North County from the jaws of developers, and I have been an elected representative on my community’s Town Council since 2005, its Board chair since 2010, and a County Planning Group board member since 2009.  I have volunteered my time for the past decade and a half making sure the voices of San Diego County’s unincorporated areas would be heard by decision makers, and I have worked tirelessly representing the interests of the District Five community I have called home for the past 27 years. 

 During this time, I have watched with growing concern as many major decisions impacting these areas came down to a simple vote of three supervisors out of five, often with devastating results.  And I determined over time, that not all of the supervisors have the residents’ best interests at heart.  Because development interests play an oversize role in campaign contributions to Supervisors elections, they have back door access that the taxpayers and property owners simply cannot match. I was disheartened by the decision made by the Board to change the formula to give themselves raises, circumventing the process established to prevent exactly this type of self-dealing, while denying raises to their own employees. The refusal to hold evening meetings so citizens can have a meaningful opportunity to participate in deliberations affecting their quality of life was another recent disappointment.

 I decided the people of San Diego County deserve more.  I believe the Supervisors should truly represent the interests of the people of San Diego County.    I am tired of seeing bad decisions made with little transparency and little input from the residents who are most affected.  I’m not waiting any longer for a better Supervisor to appear.  With your support, I am that Supervisor.

 The stakes could not be higher, after 22 years of the same leadership. Voters have a chance to change the trajectory of San Diego’s future before we turn into Riverside or Orange County.  After 37 years of calling this County home, concerns over traffic, sprawl developments and wildfire evacuation safety  top the list of motivating factors for my run for this seat.  Land use and public safety are core issues facing the Board of Supervisors. The taxpayers deserve a Supervisor who will prioritize residents’ needs and safety, which is why I pledge not to accept any campaign contributions from developers.

 

 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Pam Slater-Price, former District 3 County Supervisor
  • Jerry Harmon, former mayor of Escondido
  • Eric Anderson, former President, San Diego County Farm Bureau

Organizaciónes (6)

  • Preserve Wild Santee
  • League Of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club
  • Escondido Chamber of Citizens
  • Torrey Pines Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action

Individuos (19)

  • Lael Montgomery, Former Valley Center Design Review Committee Chair
  • Janean Huston, Board member, Friends of Eden Valley for Responsible Development
  • Scott Sutherland, President, Western Fasteners
  • Jon Dummer, President, Surface optics
  • Mark Jackson, No on B campaign co-leader
  • Andy Laderman, Board member, Friends of Eden Valley for Responsible Development
  • Tony DeBellis, former Inglewood City Planning Manager
  • Nancy Goodrich, former San Diego Police Assistant Chief
  • Kevin Barnard, former President, The Escondido Creek Conservancy
  • Diane Coombs, President, San Diegans for Managed Growth
  • George Courser, Conservation chair, Sierra Club
  • Dan Silver, Endangered Habitats League
  • Duncan McFetridge, Founder, Cleveland National Forest
  • Michael Beck, San Diego County Planning Commissioner
  • Phil Pryde, former Chair, San Diego County Planning Commission
  • Thomas McAndrews, former Pauma Valley Planning Group Chair
  • James Gordon, No on B campaign co-leader
  • Melanie Fallon, former Los Angeles City Planning Director
  • Laura Hunter, former Environmental Health Coalition Campaign Director

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (6)

Should the county spend more of its budget reserves on increasing social services? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

Coming as I do from a small farm background where my family experienced both years with abundant crops and lean years when the weather did not cooperate, and we had to live off previous years savings, as well as based on my background as an entrepreneur having to meet payroll every two weeks and being responsible for these families livelihoods, I am a fiscal conservative who feels strongly that existing budget reserves should not be spent wantonly, but instead invested carefully to return a benefit in quality of life improvement to San Diegans.  As such I would prioritize one-time, capital improvement type investments, as opposed to creating ongoing budget liabilities moving forward.  Voters should also examine for themselves the claims made by some candidates as to the extent and size of available reserves that could be spent; careful examination will reveal it is considerably less than $1.7 billion as claimed.

San Diego is also at the mercy of the next wildfire storm, earthquake or tsunami, not to mention a widely predicted downturn in the economy in the next two years.

For an example of a capital investment, the County can investigate ways to increase the supply of housing for middle-income San Diegans by considering innovative solutions such as purchasing and/or building or renovating housing as a retention and recruiting tool for certain classes of public employees such as firefighters, sheriffs, nurses and teachers so they can enjoy better quality of life by living closer to work, but also decrease the traffic on our freeways. 

That said, I would support limited and carefully vetted increases in mental heath programs once my team has had a chance to examine and review the opportunities and associated cost/benefit. Mental health is already a significant cost to the County through caring for the third or so of the prison population afflicted with related issues, as well as one of the causes of homelessness, especially in our veterans.  In addition, one in three retiring San Diegans is expected to get a diagnosis of dementia in the decade to come, which will increase the need for associated care. 

 

Should the county invest more of its budget reserves in its affordable housing trust fund? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

With 3,500 affordable units having been lost in the last 20 years and over 9,000 homeless people on our streets, the $25 million already allocated by the current Board of Supervisors towards the Innovative Housing Trust Fund is the right start.  The goal is to create 600 to 1,000 units, clearly short of solving the problem on its own. My first inclination would be to investigate opportunities to further partner with private entities to leverage public funding, before investing more of the budget reserves into that program. However given the size of the challenge it is likely that more funding might be warranted, once results from this pilot program are analyzed for effectiveness.

Tackling the affordability of housing also needs to include both the market-rate and the subsidized sides of the equation. 

We need to adopt an inclusionary ordinance in the unincorporated County, as the City of San Diego and most other cities have done to ensure affordable housing gets built along with market-rate housing, ideally onsite so we create mixed-income vibrant neighborhoods like other successful counties of our size. We also need to help streamline the approval process for the 52,000 units already approved in the General Plan to make it faster for builders to get them built.

Do you support measures to stop the criminalization of homelessness? The basic human behaviors of many homeless people (like sitting, sleeping and bathing in public) are against the law. Please provide specific examples of measures you would support.
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

Encroachment tickets do not solve anything since the recipients are unlikely to be able to pay them. On the other hand, public bathing presents some potential public health issues and should be discouraged; instead organizations like Think Dignity, with their mobile shower options, should be supported. The solution is to provide permanent housing, and even more importantly, to consider the factors that lead to homelessness, such as mental health issues or youth delinquency where the County might intervene much earlier in the pipeline to prevent more San Diegans from becoming homeless.

Do you support increasing housing density in unincorporated San Diego County? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

I support the increased density which is already planned as a part of the County General Plan, adopted in August 2011. That density is properly situated near existing villages where infrastructure such as alternative transportation and sufficient road network already exist. We spent 13 years and $18 million painstakingly planning for that density pattern and we should now follow the plan. 

What I don't support is greenfield development in locations which were deemed unsuitable for high density during the planning process, such as very high fire risk areas, high value habitat corridors, and where the road network does not support the increased proposed density.

The rule should be that density follows infrastructure, not the reverse. In other words we should first evaluate what infrastructure exists, and determine what housing density can be accomodated in terms of schools, roads, fire fighting resources, transit, and the like. Too often the County does the reverse, allowing increased density without considering the impact on the infrastructure. This can lead to literally deadly consequences when too many residents are placed in very high fire risk areas without the road network sufficient to allow for swift emergency evacuation.

Do you support permitting, regulating and taxing marijuana in unincorporated San Diego County? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

Given that 57% of San Diegans voted to legalize recreational cannabis, the role of government is to regulate its responsible use such that the public has safe access to quality-controlled products, both for medical and recreational purposes.  Currently in spite of valiant law enforcement efforts, a number of black market outlets are in operation where the product quality is not monitored, which could lead to health and safety issues for the consuming public

The National Institutes of Health has funded research indicating that opiate abuse decreases in states with legal cannabis.  Other research points to a decrease in youth drug use in those same states.

From an economic perspective, it is important to give our local farmers an opportunity to continue to thrive by allowing them to grow what is a legal crop in California, especially given its relatively low-water need.  A thriving and well regulated cannabis industry can create jobs, and generate tax revenue to fund County functions, including the enhanced law enforcement needed to deal with the illegal retail establishments.

I would start with the ordinance the County Planning Commission approved unanimously in 2016, after extensive consultation with stakeholders in the backcountry (which was not approved by the Board of Supervisors). There are three facets to managing cannabis in the County:

  • allow for cultivation as a legal crop so our local farmers can take advantage of the lower water requirements and profit potential
  • allow for enough distribution points to eliminate illegal outlets
  • dedicate enough law enforcement resources to shutting down those remaining black market sites which pose a public health problem 

We also need to be mindful of the fact that if government does not act, the industry could attempt to legislate via the ballot box by passing an initiative, which may not contain the provisions we would like to see.

Do you support the county’s Climate Action Plan? Why or why not?                                          
Respuesta de Jacqueline Arsivaud:

I do not.

The County CAP is fundamentally flawed in that it enables sprawl development, a major contributor to climate change and overburdened freeways, and does not properly mitigate the impact of such overdevelopment.  By allowing the extensive use of carbon offsets anywhere in the world with little to no monitoring, instead of mitigating for impacts in the locale they are created, the County CAP gives a green light to sprawl in the form of General Plan Amendments, and to ever more congested freeways, impacting the quality of life of all San Diegans.  The number one factor in determining the environmental impact of development is location, because 40% of emissions come from cars, yet the CAP fails to consider the County’s largest source of greenhouse (GHG) emissions – on-road transportation.  None of the Vehicles Miles Traveled (VMT) reduction measures apply to residential developments despite the fact that VMT reduction measures are most needed in the residential land use context. 

The CAP should encourage development where the General Plan directs it, close to infrastructure and employment centers, which reduces cars on the roads and Vehicles Miles Traveled (VMTs).  Instead the CAP relies too much on carbon offsets in 2030 and has no mitigation plan for 2050. It also fails to account for induced travel from expanded roadway capacity – both for new County roads, and for regional road expansion. We know from other studies that as soon as freeways are widened, traffic increases to fill all available capacity.  Finally the CAP misses an opportunity to utilize transit in any significant way to meet target emissions.

It is unfortunate that the County missed an opportunity to lead by developing a CAP that effectively addressed the air pollution and GHG emissions that affect the quality of life of all San Diegans, by emphasizing transit and alternative transportation instead of freeway widening, and discouraging far-flung General Plan Amendments which contravene the sound guiding principles that were the basis for the recently completed County General Plan at a cost of $18 millions to taxpayers. The courts have affirmed over and over that the direction taken by the Board of Supervisors needed to change, but instead they have chosen to incur more legal expenses to protect the interests of a narrow group of special interests advocating for sprawl and freeway congestion.

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