Candidate for two-year term
Appointed Incumbent, for two-year term
This Web page tells why Paul Perkovic merits your vote this November 7. Please take a moment to review Paul's public positions and political philosophy as they relate to current coastal projects, including Highway 1 at Devil's Slide, the Harbor Fishing Village project, the SAM plant expansion, and Half Moon Bay's North Wavecrest Redevelopment project.
You may also want to read Paul's brief statements in support of other candidates and Measure H, or send your comments or questions to Paul electronically to begin a dialog on these issues.
Paul is a database systems expert, having worked in program development, sales & marketing, and open systems standards during his 30 years in the computer industry. He currently works at Oracle Corporation. After growing up in the mid-West, he attended Harvard and remained in the Cambridge and Boston area until 1989. Paul and his partner have lived in Montara for four years and plan to retire in their home here.
Paul believes that government should serve the public interest, not special interests. Policies must promote long-term health and sustainability of the community and the global environment, rather than fostering get-rich-quick schemes that leave cleanup costs to future taxpayers. Local control of local decisions by local residents, who are directly affected and must live with the outcome of their choices, is the key to effective government. Distant control by lobbyists who exploit communities they never visit, never understand, never see suffer, is a certain recipe for disaster.
Our political system needs representatives who are accountable to their local community. Paul brings the average citizen's viewpoint to local government. He regularly attends Mid-Coast Community Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meetings. He brings a voice of reason and cooperation, based on a careful study of underlying issues, to all discussions.
Paul has taken action in each area listed, either through letters to Congress, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, or CalTrans, or through articulate comment during public hearings. The current status of each issue is listed below for your convenience. If you would like to become personally involved, Paul will be pleased to help you locate an appropriate community group or political contact person for that particular issue. Or you can consult this List of Resources.
Principles: Environmental Sensitivity, Public Safety, Prudent Use of Funds: These all point to stabilization of the existing alignment, with a two-lane, single bore tunnel as the final repair.
Action: Paul has worked consistently toward an economical, safe solution, preferring the tunnel over the bypass, with in-place repair as the best solution. The Federal Highway Administration has finally determined that CalTrans must do a fair tunnel study, and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors appears ready to act in the interest of coastal residents by conducting an impartial, independent study of the feasibility of a tunnel, despite CalTrans' determination to do the tunnel study in-house.
Board of Supervisors unanimous in demand for independent study of tunnel; final action was taken at the meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 1995.
Read Paul's letter to CalTrans submitted as part of the public comment on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Study earlier this year.
Check out current articles on Devil's Slide in the Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble.
Principles: Equal Treatment of All Property Owners; Voters as Final Decision Makers: This special agreement shows blatant favoritism; no local resident has been given an exception to voter initiatives.
Action: Regardless of the merits of the project itself, Paul wrote to the Supervisors that this ten-year agreement subverted the right of the voters to strengthen coastal protections.Read Paul's letter to the Board of Supervisors, and ask yourself if you would have been granted a ten-year extension of your own construction project by the County. Then read the San Mateo Times article.
Principle: Users Should Pay for Services: Developers not being assessed must not claim capacity years down the road without paying their fair share, including bond financing costs.
Action: Paul is working to ensure that late beneficiaries of the expansion pay their fully inflated share of the cost. He wants to explore the revolving state loan fund for sewer plants.
Principle: Right of Owner to Benefit from Increase in Property Value: The proposed seizure of private property to profit a corporation offends all concepts of basic economic fairness.
Action: Because this issue will affect the entire coastside through increased demand on highways, water, sewer, and schools, Paul asked for a coastside-wide election. The Half Moon Bay City Council refused.
Ric was overwhelmingly selected as the Council's choice to fill a recent vacancy; his appointment was blocked at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors level.
David is an appointed member of the Council. His financial background and expertise assist the Form of Government Committee currently exploring alternatives for the community.
Kathryn has been active in Mid-Coast Planning and Zoning Committee work, especially as it affects development density and water and septic system requirements.
Preserve your local Fire Department! Tax diversions, loss of state Proposition 13 replacement funds, expiration of the current Special Assessment District, and mandated equipment will reduce the Point Montara Fire Protection District operating funds by 35% if this measure fails.
Paul is always interested in the opinions of his neighbors on the Mid-Coast about issues facing the community. You may leave a message or ask a question by phone, at 728-9500; through e-mail to email@example.com; or by regular mail:
Paul PerkovicThis Web page at "http://www.montara.com/Election95/Perk.html" last revised 10/19/95.
Post Office Box 371149
Montara, CA 94037-1149