City of Imperial Beach - City Council

  • Phone: (619) 423-8300
  • Website: http://imperialbeachca.gov
  • Address: 825 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932

WHAT ED STANDS FOR: A COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY

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“I possess the professional experience, determination, fiscal ability and know-how to build consensus and get the job done. Thank you for your support and your vote of confidence.” ~ Ed Spriggs

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PRESERVE AND IMPROVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE

This is Ed’s umbrella goal – it stands above and includes all of his priorities. Over the years, Ed has worked in many ways to improve the quality of life for IB residents. Prior to his election to City Council, he served as a public member of street improvement projects, as a volunteer member of the Tidelands Advisory Committee, on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee when Diane Rose held that office, and played a lead role in protecting residential neighborhoods from the imposition of vacation rentals by the real estate lobby. On the City Council he has worked for better street lighting, the paving of our remaining unpaved alleys, the return of our Independence Day fireworks, and the return of our signature event — the sandcastle competition – and providing more and better jobs for IB residents through a smart development approach. For every decision that comes to the City Council, Ed works to explore all the options to make sure he supports activities that have the most positive impact on the quality of life for all IB residents.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Ed believes strongly in preserving and enhancing our physical environment, ensuring that our beaches, estuary and bay front areas are well protected. He works to defend our environment against cross-border and other forms of pollution by serving on the Metro Wastewater Commission and the International Boundary and Water Commission Citizen Board. He helped re-establish the Tidelands Advisory Committee to oversee development proposals and other plans affecting IB’s waterfront environments. Prior to his election in 2010, Ed served as Chairman of this important watchdog committee. He believes public and private projects must be carefully monitored to preserve our vital environmental resources — the estuary, the seaside and the bay.

PROVIDE QUALITY PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES

Ed believes we must keep our community and our neighborhoods safe. He has and will continue to strongly support well-staffed police and fire protection services. He will continue his efforts to reduce crime and ensure our neighborhoods are well lit and well protected. For these reasons, he has once again earned the coveted title “Law Enforcement’s Choice” from the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. Ed’s commitment to safe neighborhoods goes back many years. He was invited to join the Mayor’s Advisory Committee, partly because of his leadership role in opposing the expansion of short term vacation rentals from the commercial areas of Imperial Beach to our – residential neighborhoods. This helped our City avoid the disruptions and other problems other beach communities suffer from when holiday and vacation rentals are permitted in family-oriented areas. This is an important public safety and quality of life issue that Ed plans to watch carefully.

PRODUCE THOUGHTFUL, BALANCED AND BENEFICIAL (SMART) DEVELOPMENT

Ed understands the importance of balancing economic growth with preserving our informal beach town, family-friendly identity. He supports well-planned, thoughtful development that (1) improves tax revenues without increasing taxes, (2) creates jobs for IB residents, and (3) provides new restaurants, shopping opportunities and other amenities that improve the quality of life for IB residents. His planning and capital project experience at UCSD, USAID (Foreign Service) and HUD have served the City Council and the community very well during his first term in office. From his prior service on the IB Ecotourism Development Committee, Ed understands how promoting our young ecotourism industry can support local businesses and create new opportunities consistent with our community lifestyle.

For these reasons, Ed supported the development of the Pier South Hotel, which has benefitted many existing IB businesses while attracting new investment to the City. He believes IB needs better planning to ensure these new investments create an environment that is beneficial for residents and visitors alike. He plans to work hard to make sure the 9th and Palm, “Breakwater” project brings good new shopping opportunities to IB, so our community can finally benefit from this long delayed project. Ed wants to ensure that these projects will create amenities for all IB residents as well as provide jobs and tax revenue to support needed public services, including police and fire protection, the largest components of our City budget.

PROMOTE OPEN GOVERNMENT AND CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

Ed believes that IB citizens deserve to be better informed about what their City Government is doing before actions are taken or final decisions are made. He has held a number of community forums in private homes for this purpose over the last several years. Ed has also supported improvements in the City website and greater use of social media to make information more available to the public. He favors the creation of citizen boards and committees around areas people are interested in or concerned about, and that such committees be provided with all of the information so they can make helpful recommendations that can improve City decision making. Finally, Ed favors creation of a more public City budgeting process, where community priorities can be more fully discussed and included in the City budget.

PRESS FOR BETTER EDUCATION FOR OUR YOUTH

Emphasizing good education for IB youth is a quality of life issue. Although education is not in the IB City Council’s official mandate, Ed believes that quality education for our youth should be every elected official’s concern. As a life-long proponent of educational opportunity for all, Ed will actively seek collaborations with our IB schools, and will personally meet with any administrator, parent or student who wants to get involved or share their perspectives on City and especially youth programs. Ed believes that the City can establish internships for IB high school and college students who want practical work experience while still in school. He will use every opportunity to expand resources available to students in IB, such as special programs in the Library, City parks, and other facilities, etc.

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