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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de SanteeCandidato para Council Member, Distrito 1

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Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield

Website Developer/Businessowner
2,422 votos (40.3%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Prevent new traffic gridlock of Mast Blvd & fix SR-52. No Fanita Ranch - let's stop overdevelopment of Santee!
  • Establish Community Choice Energy for cleaner power at lower rates. Competition for SDG&E and revenue for our city!
  • People First! Place people's needs before developer and corporate interest!



University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2010)


I love the City of Santee and would like to be a voice for the community. My family and I moved to Santee from El Cajon after often finding ourselves in the shopping centers and beautiful parks. We wanted a safe place where my nephew could play outside and my husband and I could raise a family. Santee has lived up to our expectations of a city where my husband and I will start a life together and I want to preserve that quality of life for all residents. Having lived in many areas of our state I have seen both successful and unsuccessful programs and bring that knowledge and experience to Santee. After speaking with many residents in District 1 I hear their desire for change within the City Council and want to bring a fresh voice and perspective to the community


With a bachelor’s degree from the UC system, I bring years of experience planning, implementing and managing multiple projects and roles in ambiguous and rapidly changing environments. I am a website developer, have co-founded my own business and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the City Council. I bring years of management experience from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where I received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award and the Sally Bellows Community-Building Award. I oversaw a $6M program budget, including state/federal/private grant management. I have experience writing and winning grants. I chaired the Staff Advisory Council representing all of the school's staff members. My work led to increased transparency and accountability of the Dean’s executive suite, improved school-wide communication, 360 degree evaluations of senior management, and improved overall satisfaction for staff. I also served on the Dean's Advisory Council and advised the Dean on budget, staffing, and resource allocation best practices. I brought staff's voice to the decision-making table and would do the same for Santee citizens.


I have volunteered with many organizations supporting low-income families on topics ranging from college admissions to substance abuse and addiction. I have also volunteered with the Teach in Prison Program helping inmates attain their GED.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Stephen Houlahan, Santee City Council Member

Preguntas y Respuestas

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

Do you support increasing the housing density in your district of the City of Santee? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Respuesta de Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield:

I am opposed to the 3000-unit Fanita Ranch development that would impact our District the most and make traffic even worse. We currently have 1100 units being built in our city and do not yet know what the impact on traffic will be. We need to slow down the number of homes we are building at one time. I am not opposed to development as there is an affordable housing crisis and we need more homes, but we need to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to support the increased density in our city and that is currently not happening. The current homes being built are not affordable for our residents and are adding more commuters to our city. I support developments that would bring affordable housing to our city.

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 Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield:

The city’s approach to addressing homelessness should be slightly more aggressive. I would like to explore transitional housing programs, like the one that El Cajon is working on and finding much success with, called “El Cajon Housing Connections.” They are now extending the contract for that program because of its success. Many homeless people are veterans who suffer from PTSD and drug addiction. We need to help those who want and need it so they can become contributing members of society.      

Do you support any specific projects to promote economic activity in the City? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield:
  • We should explore the possibility of establishing a municipal fiber network in our city, which could generate significant revenue while bringing high-speed gigabyte internet to our residents at a low cost, not to mention high-paying jobs to Santee. This would also attract more businesses to Santee that rely on high-speed internet.
  • The East County Economic Council is working to find out where our residents work with the goal of attracting those employers to open offices in Santee. I am in full support of these efforts as it will both bring in new tax revenue and reduce the number of commuters on our roads.
  • I support small businesses and would like to help more open in Santee. I want to help speed up the process for small businesses to get their permits approved.
  • I fully support the movie theater project, which will also bring in new taxes to our city.
  • I am also an advocate for Community Choice Energy which could also bring much-needed revenue to our city.    
Do you believe that the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) has adequate independence, authority, and resources to provide effective civilian review, if there are allegations of sheriff deputy misconduct in the City of Santee? What changes, if any, do you think should be made to that body?
Respuesta de Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield:

It’s important to first assess the standing of the CLERB today. According to a grand jury report, the CLERB lacks accountability, staff, and funding. They lack resources and staffing needed to provide effective civilian review and have a history of dismissing cases rather than finishing investigations before their one-year time limit expires. This results in taxpayers having to pay millions of dollars in legal fees, settlements, and jury awards. To immediately help remedy the staffing issue, the CLERB should hire an additional investigator and fill any vacancies as quickly as possible. While the CLERB plays a vital role in law enforcement accountability, the board has not had a major impact on the citizens of Santee, which was revealed in the CLERB’s 2017 annual report. The findings showed only 3 of the 64 (< 4%) total complaints received were from the Santee Station, which aligns with Santee having one of the lowest crime rates in the county.   

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