Gene James | San Clemente City Council Candidate
Maintain and Improve Our Quality of Life
I was born in La Jolla but raised in small town Nebraska. After graduating from high school, I joined the United States Army at the age of 17. After a few years as an infantryman, I spent the remainder of my 20 year Army career with the U.S. Army Military Police Regiment with the majority of my assignments being in overseas locations. Upon retirement from the Army, I spent a career in major corporations directing and leading security, crime prevention and investigations. Concurrently, I also pursued a career in academia lecturing at the undergraduate level in Criminal Justice and at the graduate level in Security Management, Homeland Security and Leadership. My nonprofit experience includes President of Crimestoppers of San Diego County, Board Chair of a 501 (c) 3 organized within the San Diego Police Department known as STAR/PAL - a youth crime prevention and diversion program - and most recently as Board Chair of USO San Diego. Since 2016, I have been self employed as a security consultant and an expert witness on matters related to violent crime. I hold a BA Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Public Administration
MY BALLOT STATEMENT
When elected Councilman, I made you a solemn promise to make this great town safer, stronger, and more prosperous. I promised to work with all to achieve these goals.
With professional backgrounds in security and law enforcement, I know how important it is to have the back of our Deputies. It was my leadership that brought the new Police Station. When rioters threatened to cause havoc on Del Mar, I had no hesitation pushing for police reinforcements.
When interests tried to create a regional homeless shelter in our Open Space, I voted to protect our city and avoid the disruption it would cause.
When corporate interests tried to expand short-term rentals hurting property values, I proudly killed the deal.
When Council couldn't agree on a budget, I created a compromise.
When the Toll Road tries an extension ripping through the heart of this town, I will stop it cold in its tracks.
In these times, it's important to keep businesses alive. I led the charge for outdoor dining so our restaurants can survive.
This is who I am and where I will lead the city. I am Gene James and I ask for your vote.