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City of Rolling Hills EstatesCandidate for City Council

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Steven Zuckerman

Incumbent
1,146 votes (33.43%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserving our low density, semi-rural legacy
  • Spending prioritization and budget control
  • Continuing our legacy of civility and respect.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Real Estate Development
President, Zuco Inc. (1988–current)
Member, Executive Committee,, California Clean Power Alliance — Appointed position (2018–current)
Chairperson, Citizens General Plan Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Project Director, Diamond Development (1991–2016)
Chairperson, Los Angeles County Sanitation District — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Chairperson, West Los Angeles Vector Control District — Appointed position (2012–2013)
Chairperson, Rolling Hills Estates Equestrian Committee — Appointed position (2009–2010)

Education

University of Oregon BA, Honors, Humanities and Liberal Arts (current)
UCLA Anderson School of Business Administration MBA, Business Administration (1991)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Susan Brooks, Mayor, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Pat Wilson, Mayor, Rolling Hills
  • Betty Lin Peterson, Mayor Palos Verdes Estates

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is based upon the belief that government should limit its scope to matters that individuals can not realistically manage on their own so my emphasis has been on well maintained infrastructure, fiscal prudence, and land use (zoning and development) policies that most benefit current residents.  In addition, I am keenly interested in environmental stewardship and providing increased individual choice to our residents with respect to the sources of their electrical energy.  

Position Papers

Civility and Respect

Summary

Leadership Style 

Relations within the City Council and between the City Council and staff should be based upon the kind of civility and respect that has characterized our city for many years.  This should also apply to council and staff interaction with members of our community. Our city has been singled out by leaders both within and outside of our community as a model of principled, effective governance, and this distinction should continue.  While differences in perspective and energetic dialogue are fundamental to productive outcomes, reasonable consensus and respecful disagreement are key to sound policy formation

Land Use

Summary

Land Use:  The fabric of our community

 

The city has begun a two year process to amend the general plan that has guided development in our city over the past twenty years.  This will be the single most important item that the next city council will consider; and it is my firm belief that traffic inducing multifamily development and overbuilt  single- family lots should not be a part of our future.  If elected, my continuing position as Chairperson of the General Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee will help insure that future residents enjoy the same low density neighborhoods that we have enjoyed over the last sixty years.  

Fiscal Policy

Summary

Fiscal policy should focus on savings in our operating budget and targeted infrastructure investment for long-term savings.

 

I have been a member of the city council's budget and audit subcommittee for over ten years and have witnessed growing pension obligations, increased mandates from state and federal agencies, and a growing backlog of deferred maintainance.  While we expect large, one-time revenues from currently approved residential projects; these revenues should be dedicated to one-time capital projects that will provide the best long-term savings - which is why I recently argued against large expenditures to remodel our City Hall facilites in lieu of investing in watersaving technology that would save money and enhance our parks. It is encouraging, however, that per my request, staff now shares the results of our on-going pavement management surveys, and both roadway and storm drain repair are now primary elements in our annual budgeting that will create long term savings. 

Operating costs can also be controlled.  We have significantly reduced expenditures by reducing staff and hiring private sector contractors for landscaping and parks maintenace and also enjoy  $300,000 in annual savings that stem from turning our inefficient stable operations into a successfull consigment - an effort that began with my intial requests for detailed financial statements of our stable operations. I have also advocated for a relaltively strict control of salaries and benefits and for the adoption of a financing mechanism for our unfunded pension liablities that has generated high, six-figure savings. And since the city should not let these temporatry surpluses become basis for on-going increases in our operating budget, at my request, staff has created a predictive budget model that will help guide our future budget decisions. 

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