As District Three Supervisor Don Horsley squares off with challenger Michael Stogner again — they ran amid a larger candidate pool four years ago — the two tackled several issues countywide and specific to the coastside in hopes of convincing voters each is the best choice for the job.
Horsley and Stogner sat down with the Daily Journal for an in-office interview and also provided answers to the following five questions to allow each candidate a forum for sharing their own words prior to the June 3 election. Each was asked to keep the answers to approximately 50 words and were only edited for grammar or length.
1. Outside of keeping the budget in check, what is the biggest challenge now facing the county as a whole?
Horsley: Traffic congestion and affordable housing. We need funding for better and more reliable public transportation. Electrify Caltrain to allow more cars and passengers and improve our bus service feeding into both Caltrain and BART. If we can’t provide affordable housing at all levels, eventually employers will move elsewhere.
Stogner: Unfunded pension liabilities, health care issues, quality of life issues for the current residents, public safety, traffic, parks, schools, etc.
2. What are some of the issues unique to your district?
Horsley: Protecting and preserving our agricultural heritage on the coastside, finding a solution to Pescadero Creek Road flooding and Highway 1 issues. My current projects include working on center medians and a multi-modal trail along Highway 1, Plan Princeton updating a community plan and working with Caltrans on protecting the road at Surfer’s Beach.
Stogner: District Three has the most unincorporated area in the county, we have people on the coast who want to be represented and they don’t feel that they are.
3. Should the county absorb or have greater involvement and oversight of any its special districts? Why or why not?
Horsley: There is not a hierarchical relationship between the board and special districts. They are governed by their own elected board members so the county doesn’t have authority to exercise oversight. The Local Agency Formation Commission conducts regularly scheduled service reviews and can recommend potential consolidation, operational efficiencies and sometimes dissolution.
Stogner: Yes, they could absorb those special district the grand jury recommended to be dissolved and the supervisors are the oversight for the county.
4. How can the county balance the economic recovery helping its bottom line with the spike in housing prices that keep affordability for many at bay?
Horsley: The county set aside $13.5 million from the dissolved redevelopment agencies for affordable housing projects in cities with shovel-ready projects within the next two to three years. The county and cities must work together to leverage funding from the private and nonprofit sectors. We are working with our partners on a plan entitled “Opening More Doors.”
Stogner: Supervisors are not in the economic recovery business. Leave that to the private sector.
5. What is the county’s health care responsibility for indigent and low-income residents who do not qualify for aid under the Affordable Care Act?
Horsley: Health care for the indigent and certain low-income residents will continue to be a responsibility for the county. Providing health care through various community clinics is one way of reducing unnecessary and expensive emergency room visits. I fought for a mobile health van on the south coast to provide health care to farm workers and their families.
Stogner: We are mandated by federal law.
City of residence: Emerald Hills
Occupation: County supervisor
Experience: Former sheriff nearly 14 years; Sequoia Healthcare District board
Education: BA, San Francisco
City of residence: San Carlos
Occupation: Self-employed victims advocate
Experience: Real estate sales, 27 years; private pilot, fast-pitch softball coach
Education: Carlmont High School; College of San Mateo, primarily in