I am happy to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the APA California Chapter San Diego Section for 38 years as a new Board member. I’m joining Nick Ferracone as Programs Co-Chair. I’ve been an APA member since 1986, AICP since 2000 and worked at Caltrans District 11 for 38 years, including being Deputy District Director for Planning and Local Assistance the last 12 years. I’m recently retired and excited to be working with the Section in my new life chapter.
I’m a native Californian, and was raised in Torrance, where I attended West Torrance High School. For college, I received a BA from Cal Poly Pomona in Urban Planning and a MCP from SDSU. My wife Heidi and I have been married for 36 years and have two grown children, Kelsey and Erik. We live in the San Carlos community of the City of San Diego. We enjoy going to Padre and Aztec games, yoga, and walking our dog. I also like running in Mission Trails Park, and various activities at the Mission Valley YMCA. One other thing I am doing in retirement is working with Caltrans District 11 volunteers to develop a SD Transportation Museum.
Having lived and worked here in San Diego and worked with Imperial County, I recognize how lucky we all are to live in this part of the planet. We have an amazing diversity of people, geography, habitat and many dedicated people interested in preserving and growing our region. A unique feature we have is California’s portion of the U.S. Mexico border, with its economic, cultural and environmental facets. My career spanned significant regional investments in transportation that, tied with population growth, changed the face of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Today, we see how the region has changed for the better, while also creating many challenges to rise to meet. Planners can work towards solutions to today’s problems with creativity and savvy, recognizing the built world we have created, while enlisting new technology, awareness of our planet’s critical juncture and strong public discourse to meet our challenges.
I look forward to continuing the development of relevant and useful programs for our section that can help this region move forward. Your input is important to ensure the programs meet your needs.