Hello, I’m Alex Galicia. I’m a Chula Vista resident, a proud Army and Navy veteran and, for the last 15 years, a local small business owner. Before taking over my old family business, I was a transportation planner both in the military and civilian sector. With the military, I planned convoys, I planned battle field circulation plans and I planned large scale logistical movements. In the civilian sector, my transportation planning activities focused around enhancing tourism. I planned sales efforts on international air routes. I identified opportunities. I analyzed the business and tourism infrastructures how to support them, then I created a national sales strategy to assist our field sales teams. I want to represent you at the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, District 1 seat. I’d like to give you a highlight of my platform as follows:
- Exceptional Fiscal Responsibility: Manage tax payer money.
- Encourage housing growth: Cut the red tape, encourage building, lower/eliminate costs.
- Empower job creators: Let the job creators do what they do best!
- Enhance Win-Win Border Partnerships:
- Fair and Open Competition: We owe it to our community, our workers and our taxpayers.
Exceptional Fiscal Responsibility should be the norm.
San Diego County is unique in the state of California because of its historical track record as one of the most fiscally responsible local California governments. This is something all Californians should expect but don’t! In the era of bloated budgets, our County has consistently ranked among the best in our state in terms of being a good steward of tax payer money, in terms of living within its means and in terms of avoiding costly bond measures. It consciously avoids what so many others excel at which is to over spend while kicking the proverbial can down the road. I want to keep us on this path. We not only owe it to our John and Jane Q Taxpayer, we owe it to our children and grandchildren.
Encourage housing growth.
Plain and simple, we need to address that we have a major problem providing affordable housing to our county residents, especially our young and our working classes. Bad housing policy not only impacts our economy, it impacts our public health. Case in point, the recent Hepatitis A outbreak amongst the county’s 10,000 homeless. A recent report determined that over 500,000 county residents are one paycheck away from homelessness. It seems that our local and state representatives seem intent on creating an endless stream of new bond measures or taxes to supposedly address this issue. The issue, plain and simple is that demand far exceeds the supply, hence soaring prices and rents. Initiatives that punish those that might create housing opportunities abound. It is not the housing industry that is causing these issues, quite the contrary. It is the housing industry that will solve these issues. Government is not a creator, in fact, in many ways government is the problem. I say we make government an enabler. By reducing the cost and other financial barriers currently faced, we can encourage developers to build more, we can encourage current homeowners to build granny flats or build additions. Simply by not standing in their way.
Empower job creators.
We need long-term, sustainable jobs, but the fact is that government does not create enough jobs. It is private industry that creates jobs. But private industry is only going to create these types of jobs if the economic and political conditions enable this. As such, government is not a creator, rather it is an enabler. Most of the time, the best thing government can do is get out of the way. We can enable by encouraging investment rather than continuously thickening the amount of red tape, the regulatory hurdles and by reducing the risk of those that choose to undertake growing their businesses here. Let’s offer the right environment to encourage expansion of our blue economy. Let’s help maintain our strong local military presence by encouraging local research and development in communications, aerospace and bio technology sectors. We should mostly not stand in the way but a well planned public-private partnership can be a positive part of local government’s involvement. This is especially true of small businesses since these are the true job engines that have made this county, state and country what it is.
Enhance our economic well-being.
Enhance our economic well-being by taking advantage of our position as a cross roads between the United States, Mexico and the Asian Pacific region. Let’s get past issues that impact confidence. We need partnerships to be win win. We must expect our regional partners to the south to work with us to maintain a safe border environment. We can help ourselves by not trying the hands of our law enforcement officers to help us get rid of career criminals. Sanctuary policies that protect felons are the ultimate in dysfunctional governance. That is not win-win. Further, having to periodically shut down our beautiful beaches because of raw sewage spills due to appropriate infrastructural investments not being made are also not win-win scenarios. Fortunately, the positives that do contribute to win-win are alive and well. Smart enhancements like the Cross Border Express, which offered our region easy access to low cost international air travel as well and joint tourism initiatives with Baja will encourage visitors from around the world to come spend their hard earned money in our region. Those are win-win and as such, should be encouraged and enabled passionately. Let’s roll up our sleeves and create a bright future via long term solutions.
Fair and Open Competition.
This can also fall along the lines of empowering job creators but as it’s a major local issue that merits separate mention. Unions can be excellent representatives of our working class. Like them or not, they do get credit for our 40 hour work week, child labor law and increased focuses on safety. All this is great when it’s voluntary. When you make union membership mandatory, it wharps our free enterprise system. Case in point is myself. My own company is located across the street, literally, from the Chula Vista Bay front project. For those of you not familiar, it’s the 375 acre, $1.1 billion project about to launch which is expected to create 2,500 construction jobs. For whatever reason, a project labor agreement was implemented that makes union membership mandatory. As my employees have chosen not to be union members, they will be excluded. They are overwhelmingly minority and veteran South Bay residents. Yet this Project Labor Agreement implemented in the name of “local jobs” will completely exclude them. Does this make sense?
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Alex Galicia served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy, Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense.