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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Chris Cate

Councilmember/Council Committee Chair
25,022 votes (46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fix our roads and infrastructure
  • Expand hours and services in libraries, parks, senior and recreation centers
  • Invest in public safety and keep our communities safe



Profession:City Councilmember and former small business owner
Councilmember, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2014–current)
Vice President, San Diego County Taxpayers Association (2010–2014)
Policy Advisor, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer (2009–2010)
Vice President, San Diego County Taxpayers Association (2006–2009)


University of San Diego Bachelors Degree, Political Science (2006)


Chris Cate was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2014 and proudly represents the neighborhoods of Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.

As a Councilmember, Chris has been lauded for his solution-oriented approach to public safety, small business, infrastructure, and the environment.

Chris has championed legislation eliminating burdensome fees for small business owners, developed programs to reduce crime, and led efforts to repave 75 miles of roads, fill 5,000 potholes, and repair 9,000 feet of sidewalks in District 6. Chris also successfully fought to keep Clairemont and Mira Mesa senior centers open, keeping his promise to protect San Diego’s most vulnerable.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Chris was vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. As a long-time taxpayer advocate, he has championed local and state legislation to ensure that cities and public agencies exercise transparency, accountability, efficiency, and fiscal discipline on behalf of the taxpayers who fund them. Chris successfully wrote the analysis for Proposition B, a local ballot initiative that will save taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars over 30 years.

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and while a full-time student, started a successful small business specializing in auto glass replacement and windshield repair.

Chris and his wife, Maria, live in Mira Mesa.  Chris enjoys basketball, new restaurants, craft beer, and spending time with his family.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • Father Joe Carroll
  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Chris Cate:

In 2016, voters overwhelming supported Measure G, a ballot measure that approved a number of reforms to the City's Community Review Board on Police Practices. During that time, the council worked collaboratively to review and compare the operations of other review boards to determine what would work for San Diego. The Council is now in the process of implementing the reforms approved by Measure G, and it would be prudent to determine the effectiveness of those reforms before going back to voters for any additional changes. 

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Chris Cate:

I believe that should be an option offered to developers. Parking is a driving force behind the cost of housing in San Diego, and if units are proposed near transit centers, that option should be provided and allow the market to determine if consumers have a demand for those units. In addition, building near transit allows for the City to meet its goals in the Climate Action Plan.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Chris Cate:

I support the initiative to expand the convention center, increase funding for roads, and increase funding for homeless services. I believe the proposal will check a lot of boxes in terms of addressing many of the priorities of San Diegans. The funding for homelessness can be used to both address housing and supportive services.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Chris Cate:

I do believe that we need housing in each council district throughout the City. As an example, our office lead the effort to fund the update to the Kearny Mesa Community Plan. Within that plan, we are identifying areas to increase density and new areas to place housing, including along the vibrant Convoy District. As we update our community plans, it is incumbent of all neighbors and stakeholders to identify locations to increase density.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Chris Cate:

I have not taken a position of either of the plans for Mission Valley. Both of these proposals are extremely complex with each having positives and negatives. I encourage all residents to do their due diligence in researching each of these proposals to determine what they feel is best for the future of the Mission Valley Stadium site.

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