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City of Chula VistaCandidate for City Council, Seat 1

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John McCann

Councilman/Navy Reservist
11,945 votes (47.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: Firefighters & Police Endorse McCann, McCann doubled the number of police patrols in District 1, making it the safest District in the City.
  • Better Services: Increase street maintenance, recreation & after school programs. John McCann & his wife are raising their children here. McCann will fight to protect the quality of life of our community.
  • Decrease Traffic Congestion: Opened Heritage Rd, successfully fought to lower SR-125 Tolls up to 40% and refinance SR-125 loans saving taxpayers $147 million.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Firefighters of Chula Vista
  • Police Officers of Chula Vista
  • LAPA Latino American Political Association

Organizations (1)

  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Elected Officials (5)

  • Assemblymember Rocky Chavez
  • Supervisor Greg Cox
  • Mayor Richard Bailey
  • Mayor John Minto
  • Councilman Mike Diaz

Individuals (1)

  • Police Chief David Bejarano (retired)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters San Diego (2)

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from John McCann:

I support affordable home ownership.  As a homeowner, being married and having four children, I know how important it is to protect our community's quality of life.

Chula Vista District #1 is a collection of master planned communities & the housing in the community is already built.  The community has provided home ownership opportunities from the mail room to the board room.  The City of Chula Vista provides a lion’s share of affordable housing for the region and does not need to increase density in existing District #1 neighborhoods to create more affordable housing.

Are you in favor of the City's cannabis tax, Measure Q, that's on the November ballot? Why or why not?
Answer from John McCann:

Q will increase crime, homelessness, drug abuse & decrease property values in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  Q allows recreational marijuana shops to open in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD with NO PUBLIC MEETINGS or PUBLIC INPUT. 

Funds from Q’s tax will go into the general fund & there is no guarantee that any funds will go to police or law enforcement.  The supporters of Q state that it will generate sales tax revenue, but are we supposed to believe that an industry currently working entirely illegally and whose sales are almost 100% in cash is somehow going to start accurately reporting its sales so it can pay sales tax?

Q is about recreational drug use & NOT MEDICAL MARIJUANA.  It allows drugs to be SOLD IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD for the purpose of getting high, which will hurt our children.  San Diego UT states that Q will make Chula Vista the largest recreational marijuana marketplace in San Diego County with twice the number of licenses per capita than San Diego issues.  Q is the WRONG WAY to regulate recreational marijuana. 

Questions from KPBS (2)

Chula Vista is facing a $7.1 million budget deficit in 2020. Are you satisfied with plans in place to address the deficit? What might you change?
Answer from John McCann:

As a small business owner with a master’s degree in economics I am working diligently with City staff to balance the 2020 budget and retain quality city services.  The city needs to be more aggressive at looking for ways to decrease costs and eliminate waste.  I have championed installing solar panels on city facilities which is decreasing city energy costs.  I have been a leader in the public private partnership with the Youth Sports Council installing water efficient park irrigation systems which is saving city water costs. 

The city also needs to continue to increase stable sources of revenue.  I was the deciding vote in approving the Marriott Residence Inn and Marriott Courtyard hotels.  This brought the first hotel to East Chula Vista increasing the amount TOT revenue to the city.  I voted for and approved three additional hotels soon to be opened in East Chula Vista bringing substantial new revenue to the city. 

Are you in favor of offering businesses incentives to operate in Chula Vista? If so, what kinds?
Answer from John McCann:

Yes, I have worked to streamline the business permitting processes.  I have worked to implement business development teams where all the different city departments that process business permits will sit with an applicant at the same time to expedite their processing.  I voted for and approved the Millenia commercial center to attract high tech and bio tech companies to Chula Vista.  I support waving certain permitting fees that will bring clean, long term, high paying jobs to Chula Vista.

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (1)

What, if anything, would you change about the City's approach to addressing homelessness?
Answer from John McCann:

I voted for and approved the HOT Team (Homeless Outreach Team).  The HOT Team is a collaboration of Chula Vista Police, medical providers and non-profits that engage homeless in Chula Vista.  The HOT team works to get homeless off the streets, into shelters and looks for ways to find assistance for long term housing and wellness.  The city needs to do more in working with San Diego County and the State to get people off the streets. 

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