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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de CoronadoCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Bill Sandke

Councilmember/Local Businessman
3,492 votos (43.2%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Safer street with local control
  • Utility under grounding along with Storm and Sewer improvements
  • Pension pre-payments



Profesión:Resident Photographer at Hotel del Coronado
Resident Photographer- Hotel del Coronado, Crown City Photography (1999–current)
Council Member, Coronado City Council — Cargo elegido (2014–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Coronado — Cargo designado (2013–2014)


UCLA Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/ Public Adminstration (1986)

Actividades comunitarias

Commodore, Coronado Yacht Club (2016–2017)
Youth Leader, Christ Church Coronado (2010–2012)
President, Rotary Club of Coronado (2005–2006)


I initially ran for council in 2014 as a natural extension of my decades of community service, and after finally getting the one vote that counted the most- my wife Tami’s.  As I reflect, I am humbled and proud both to have been elected but also have spent over half my life in servant leader positions that have promoted Coronado’s unique identity and sense of Community. 


These include having been a soccer coach, Mainstreet Vice President, Business Areas Advisory Council member and Coronado Visitors Bureau member, Rotary President, Christ Church Youth Leader, Coronado Yacht Club Commodore, softball coach, Coronado Schools Foundation Board Member, a 20 year CSF Telethon Host and 25 year July 4th Parade host. 


To the 2018 election I bring significant and meaningful experience to continue the successes our city has enjoyed. During my first term, I developed effective collaborations with other elected official and created effective personal bonds with leadership-level individuals at CALTRANS, SANDAG and MTS.  Specifically, I will remain engaged with these leaders to not let up on meaningful bridge Suicide Prevention efforts, continue to work to repurpose $25 million in SANDAG Funding from the abandoned Tunnel Project to Bridge Corridor improvements and work ardently with MTS to improve community mobility.


Furthermore, we can better address traffic issues by pursuing local control of our streets, also know as Relinquishment, and institute additional traffic calming measures for a safer Coronado.  We will continue the path started this year to underground utilities.  We will continue to address our city's pension obligations by front-loading payments toward retirement benefits while fostering a dedicated workforce paid competitive wages and delivering quality services.  We will ensure a sustainable & clean Coronado by diligently protecting our precious beaches and move forward on Coronado's own water reclamation plant. 


Finally, from a Homegrown perspective I offer Coronado citizens proven commitment to our Community. 


To learn more visit where you will also have the option to contribute to our Community focused campaign.  Contributions by personal check may be sent to:  SANDKE for COUNCIL 2018 at 642 I Avenue and be sure to look out for upcoming neighborhood meet-and-greets too.  Need a yard sign? Let me know at


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Featured Endorsements

  • Greg Cox, County Supervisor
  • Mary Herron, Former Mayor, City of Coronado
  • Tom Smisek, Former Mayor, City of Coronado

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters San Diego (4)

Do you support increasing the housing density in the City? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Respuesta de Bill Sandke:

No. The city of Coronado is built out. There is an existing allocation for 200 more dwelling units in our approved housing element and I will fight efforts to increase that number.

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness? What specific changes, if any, would you make? 
Respuesta de Bill Sandke:

Coronado has a limited homeless issue and I feel we as a city are adressing it appropraitly. 

Do you support any specific projects to promote economic activity in the City? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Bill Sandke:

I support a revision of our Orange Avenue Specific Plan to address chenges in demands placed upon our retail environment and to promote the necessary vibrant business district to preserve residential property values and promote local shopping options.

Do you believe that the Coronado Police Department needs an independent, civilian review board or commission (to investigate any allegations of officer misconduct)? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Bill Sandke:

I do not feel that Coronado needs an independent board or commission to review officer misconduct.  I and I believe our citizens overall are quite pleased with our police force and have confidence in our officers and their leadership team.

Creencias poliza

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Local Control for Safer Streets


The advantages of Coronado taking control of Orange Avenue and the 3rd-4th street corridor.

Coronado and Relinquishment.


            I have been a champion for a fair deal for local control of Orange Avenue as well 3rd and 4th for several years. I have confidence our residents will be better served and our community will be a safer place to drive, bike and walk.  The challenges involve a fair determination of state-of-repair, the additional control measures we can employ that are outside CALTRANS play book and the longer term maintenance and liability questions that need to be addressed.

            The first step towards our city determining if relinquishment is a prudent move has already been taken – we asked CALTRANS to prepare a Project Study Report.  I have been told by CALTRANS leadership that the PSR is ready for release and it should hit the streets soon.  It must include by law a CALTRANS assessment of the roadways’ condition and an offer of money and/or pre-transfer maintenance that our city staff and most likely will assess critically and diligently.

            If an initial assessment produced last year by CALTRANS, which included a cover photo of Third and Orange void of traffic is any indication, vigilance and thorough review will be required to adequately reflect the current conditions and true needs going forward.

            Ultimately any relinquishment would need approval from the CA Transportation Commission and that process is likely 1-2 years including reviews, negotiations and the preparation of the state documentation necessary to affect the transfer.

            In terms of benefit to Coronado, I submit they could well be plentiful and meaningful.  Considering  first the boundaries for CA 75 from the storm drain dip at Glorietta South to the last NAB light, (that we already own): traffic calming speed humps slowing traffic to improve safety at 3rd and B, bulb outs where applicable, adaptive signals at 3rd and 4th at Orange with pedestrian improvements at those intersections as well.  Better crossing safety at 6th and 7th with a possible return of the mid-block crossing from Spreckles Park to the library.  Additional opportunities for parklettes and adaptive signals in the downtown exist as well as a possible “All-Direction” pedestrian crossings at Tenth and Orange as well as Orange/RH Dana/Adella.  Finally, relinquishment would mean the end of CALTRANS approval for sidewalk dining and other business friendly neighborhood improvements for our downtown.

            For 3rd and 4th, real progress towards the recommended Fear and Peers pedestrian safety improvements along with implementation of the Avenue Heroes neighborhood enhancement program will be free from CALTRANS interference.  We absolutely need to do all we can to reclaim a neighborhood feel for these residents.

            Of real concern should be a critical look at liability and maintenance.  It is my early conclusion that these are manageable operational aspects of Coronado resuming control of our roadways assuming we take both a realistic look at risk management and insurance need as well as a stiff-arm negotiation approach as we assert State-of-Good repair.  Prudently, Federal and State grant monies will need to be identified as well as local resources assessed to cover on-going maintenance.

            In any negotiation, it is best to receive, not make, the first offer and that is exactly where we are on relinquishment right now.  I will remain as always a diligent defender of our Coronado quality of life and I believe that sense of Community can be better ensured, and in many areas reclaimed, by obtaining a fair deal from CALTRANS on relinquishment.


Community Grants


A discussion on the necessity for improvments in the Community Grant Process

Sincere thanks for the opportunity to address with the community at large our recent grant awards.  I think in retrospect that while the goal of accountability and fiscal prudence were noble, our effort fell short of good governance and there is indeed room for improvement. 


The three elements seem to center upon first, the timing of the grant awards relative to the budgeting process of awardees.  Second on the effort to come in under a cap not reflective of the grant requests and finally the instability to segment simple operational task that serve city needs from the pure grant and its community-building nature.


In the past, awardees were relatively certain that previous year levels would be maintained. The first big hiccup in that assurance was the incorporation of a three-year grant deal for the Coronado Historical Association.  Consequently, the impacts on the other grantees was magnified by the imposed cap for the grants and by not excluding the already committed funds from the million-dollar cap.  


The needs expressed from the community organizations clearly exceeded the cap and not knowing the grant request amount prior to setting the budget limit proved problematic.  An additional complication was the last-minute presentation of the work of our sub-committee to the other 3 members of Council which left me as a council member feeling blindsided.  I cannot speak for the other two members of Council, but I am thankful they were able to see that at the end of our deliberations, the compromise total of 1,093,000 proved palatable. 


Finally, there are funding elements in the grants now that have clear operational purposes and should be excluded from the grant cap regardless of it staying as a fixed number or a % of our general fund. These include some attributable costs to provide the public restroom at the CHA building as well as the tent rental for the Flower Show and Book sale.  These are simple event costs much like those off-budget items approved for 92118 Day expense.  To be sure, we as a city make mid-year budget adjustment quite regularly to reflect changing needs.


I know Council moved forward with good intentions on changes to the grant program and I am confident with some additional work, we can do better.


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