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San Mateo County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Rick Ochsenhirt

Candidate for
Board Member; South San Francisco Unified School District

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For someone like myself, it isn't easy choosing the most significant contribution that I have provided to our community. My service has been given in so many ways, I'll list a few:
Eleven years as a planning commissioner: new housing with a requirement of 25% of units are priced below market rate, higher housing density located around El Camino corridor that has transit instead of individual car drivers, developing the bio industries east of 101 bring jobs to SSF, bringing mixed use of retail and housing together, developing the city by providing zoning updates every five years to allow for economical changes.

Four years as a park and recreation commissioner: two ribbon cuttings of new parks paid for by funds from housing developers, Alto Loma and Avalon parks. Also the fire station at Terra Bay paid for from fees collected from developers.
Twelve years as a board member of the chamber of commerce: examples of events for SSF residents; Santa comes to town, Taste of SSF, Genetech comes to town, Annual students scholarship awards, Shop locally campaign, Local business mixers and the Annual awards and installation dinner.
Eight years on two different school bond oversight committees: the first in 1998, we installed the internet and phones to all classrooms, provided ADA restrooms and added portables; the second in 2011and myself as chairperson, we went to solar power for energy saving at all school sites, all portables will be replaced and new classroom modules are being built., two campuses Buri Buri and Martin are being rebuilt. What an improvement!
I can go on and on, but I will finish with what I truly believe has been my greatest accomplishment for the community. The issue came to me as a planning commissioner under the law of "land use". As a city council appointed officer, I'm committed to uphold my responsibility to all.
The issue before me was to vote on the planned parenthood health clinic locating on grand ave.
My own religious beliefs were on the line and especially because my church of All Souls filed against the proposal. My vote cost me personally and profusely in that I was relieved of my duties within the church, but as communicated to my pastor, I would not have my vote abstained. I voted yes to allow the health clinic on the belief of separation of church and state as the US constitution's fathers wrote it.
Health care can now be accessed by our most needing citizens who otherwise would go without care. It was not about abortion but health care for all and land use.

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