Why are you interested in this position?
I have extensive career experience creating better conditions for students, families and communities. There are numerous issues in Long Beach that require attention. I believe that I not only have the experience to make a contribution for a better, stronger Long Beach, but I also look forward to giving back to the city I've called home for almost 35 years.
What relative experience do you have in this career field?
As a Superintendent of Schools, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Business Official, Chief Labor Negotiator and civic leader with more than 25 years successfully leading public agencies in diverse communities, I have worked with elected officials and administrators at all levels of government to move communities forward. In these roles, I have been responsible for ensuring high standards for the safety, care and education of thousands of students; for compensation and working conditions for thousands of staff members; and for fiduciary responsibility of taxpayer funds in three Orange County school districts. I have a demonstrated record of building community trust and achieving positive results in each of the communities I’ve served.
My record demonstrates a wide breadth of leadership, governance, policy development, public finance and public works knowledge and experience that has produced real results in each community I've served. Please see: https://strongerlbc.org/meet-greg/ for detailed background and specific experience supporting my candidacy.
What are 3 changes you would like to make while in office?
Increase community safety and security
Mitigate the impact of the homeless population
Enhance business climate and conditions
What are your top priorities for small businesses ?
Better align City resources and small business needs
Create 3rd District business roundtables to identify needs and develop collaborative opportunities to foster business development, growth and retention
Create more efficient City business support services and streamline burdensome regulations.
What are your 3 goals or main concerns for District 3?
Greater security and public safety for families in the 3rd District
Reduce homelessness and the impact of homelessness in the 3rd District
Improve 3rd District infrastructure & city services re: streets, sidewalks & median maintenance
How would you address people who are concerned about the City and States Affordable Housing plan and its impact on their neighborhood?
I agree that we should be concerned about the City and State's Affordable Housing plan. Splitting lots is not the answer. Having the State direct the City on our development is not the answer. The City does need a greater component of affordable housing. Each project however needs to be evaluated to ensure impacts are mitigated and the project complements rather than detracts from unique neighborhood character, and/or further burdens our infrastructure and the community resources.