Applicant: Lilbert “Gil” R Ontai, supplemental-342

Supplemental Application for Citizens Redistricting Commission

  • Name: Lilbert “Gil” R Ontai
  • City: San Diego

Submission Timestamp: 04/18/2010 18:23:49

Part 1: Essay Questions:

The responses to the essay questions are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words) per essay question. You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

1. Please describe why you are interested in serving on the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

I am interested in being on the commission because of my past experience with redistricting at the municipal level. I learned that this is so important to a community and it has a significant impact on the relationship between the community and elected representation.

In 1981, I volunteered as a resident and advocate for District 5, city of San Diego, to help shape the city’s district maps based on the 1980 Census Tract Data. The goal was to piece together a new city-wide district map that served the best interest of the city at large and its demographic changes. I, and my 18 committee members, worked diligently for six months in re-shaping an existing district with new boundaries that would better serve the changing demographics of the community. Our committee was made up of residents, property owners, business people, and community groups. We worked harmoniously, with respect for each other’s views and with a constructive ethic to complete the district plans on time. We were briefed by city attorneys on the ‘one man, one vote’ principal and the Voting Act Regulations. As a spokesperson for our community group, we attended many public hearings before diverse community groups, council members, county officials and other stakeholders. Many hours were spent studying the 1980 Census Tract Data and creating alternative district maps for public viewing. We made many reasonable compromises and adjustments to boundary lines without sacrificing fundamental issues of cohesion to the community and surrounding communities. I learned how important the role of existing city and community plans play in the redistricting process. Communities expressed concerns over the effect boundary lines would have on sensitive environmental lands and parks; on the location and impact on streets and roads; on storm water drainage and utility locations; on public safety issues and on unique natural features. The final city council map provided districts with council representation that brought meaningful voices to their constituencies throughout the 1980’s.

I believe the commission’s work will have a profound effect on public trust and a renewed sense of political vigor. California is a diverse state with many cultural, economic, and regional voices. Each sector should have confidence and trust in the election of representatives that speak for them. California benefits from a redistricting system that elects officials in a manner that proportionately represents the geographical and diverse, multi-faceted social and economic fabric that is unique to California. I believe that an engaged public fosters a healthy community that ultimately leads to improving our quality of life. My interest is based on my belief that this is possible and that the commission will play a significant role in creating a more responsive method to engage the public. I would like to be part of this history making process and to help set the highest standard of integrity that we can be proud of. I have fully committed myself to this task and will devote my full capacity to this intense and complex task.

2. Please describe your ability to be impartial, as discussed in Regulation 60800. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate this ability.

I will be a fair and impartial member of this commission. I have no relationships, commitments, or aspirations that would improperly influence my redistricting decisions. I have years of experience demonstrating that I can be fair, impartial and respectful of individuals with differing social, economic, and political backgrounds and viewpoints.

I currently serve as a planning commissioner for the city of San Diego. The process of evaluating the applicant’s request, staff’s recommendation, and the public’s concerns requires being fair and impartial on my part, regardless of whether the project is a small individual neighborhood project such as a home additions or a large, complex project involving urban and rural communities. I carefully evaluate public testimony from concerned individuals, community groups, environmentalists, business organizations, professional consultants, city staff, and the applicant. I understand and appreciate that stakeholders represent differing social and economic interests within the community and a diversity of political philosophies. In addition, since the meetings of the San Diego City Planning Commissions are recorded, my role and demeanor on the commission can be viewed online by the public and this Selection Panel.

As a public official and volunteer on the commission, I submit an annual Conflict of Interest Report to the city to confirm that I have no personal financial interests on projects that I make decisions on. Where there is a conflict, I recues myself from that project item in the interest of public trust and confidence in the commission’s ability to be fair and impartial. I am also careful to receive information openly and at the same time as my fellow city planning commissioners do so as to abide by the Brown Act and due process.

For seven years, I chaired the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group. As its chair, I was responsible for carrying out the city’s policy governing public meetings and to insure that a fair and open public forum prevailed. Equitable time was given to presenters who represented property owners, developers, residents, business owners, environmentalists, and community organizations. I learned that the public’s perception of impartiality is strengthened when the chairperson and its committee members are well informed on the issues of a proposed project being presented to the community. I learned how important it is to listen fairly to all stakeholders, to separate facts from opinions, to weigh the merits of arguments being made, to give public comments that were instructive and informative, to make decisions based on the best available information at the time, and to disagree or agree in a respectful manner.

As a college lecturer, I am constantly vigilant to provide a forum where students may express their individual philosophies and opinions in my classes. My teaching philosophy encourages fairness for all students having differing viewpoints, guiding them to articulate, reflect, and find creative solutions for the issues presented, while balancing the collective discussion within the framework of the course description.

3. Please describe your appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography, as discussed in Regulation 60805. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate this appreciation.

I am deeply appreciative of California’s diverse population, having been raised in a multi-cultural, multi-racial family. My personal upbringing, my professional work and my community experiences have instilled in me the importance of diversity. I understand the importance of diversity in shaping California’s redistricting districts so that all individuals in California will have a voice in choosing someone to represent them.

In 1981 I chaired the Mira Mesa Citizen’s Redistricting Advocacy Committee to help re-shape District 5 boundary lines for the City of San Diego. As chair, I sought to insure that all ethnic groups were fairly represented in District 5 as a result of changed demographics and to have council representation that reflected the community’s profile. By reaching out to all stakeholders, I was able to better understand the geographic differences and unique concerns between one community versus others. Divisive streets and freeways, environmentally sensitive canyons, older neighborhoods, growing subdivisions, single-tract subdivisions and denser multi-family zoned areas presented arguments for and against various boundary line alternatives. Stakeholders articulating these differences often reflected various life-styles and political preferences in the form of conservative, liberal, cultural, and age differences, all of which had to be respected and considered in the mapping process. Meeting with various stakeholders required compromises and intense dialogue to arrive at a mapping process that represented the best possible map for the district. As a result of our efforts, the Fifth District was able to give more people with diverse backgrounds an opportunity to participate in the political process throughout the 1980’s.

I have been a part-time college lecturer for over ten years, teaching political economy and quantitative focused courses. My students come from a wide range of racial, ethnic, educational, economic, political and geographic backgrounds. They come from desert communities, coastal towns, rural farms, inland mountain communities, suburban subdivisions, and dense urban cities. They closely represent the diverse demographics of today’s California.

In addition, I am lead faculty advisor for the campus community outreach program that is devoted to recognizing and celebrating the multi-cultural and diverse social fabric of our community. The program focuses on history, health, family, education, religion, politics, economics, gender and sexual orientation, environment, immigration, and other issues selected by the leaders, elders, and artists from different communities. I have helped to organize and work with community leaders to shape social issues, artistic, and cultural programs that were important to the Latino, African American, Somali, Ugandan, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Japanese, Korean, Hmong, Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, Native American, Kurdish, Iranian, Iraqi, and Euro-American communities. Participants have included the very young to the very old; they have included Christians, Muslim, Buddhist, and Native Spiritualists.

4. Please describe the analytical skills you have that are relevant to serving on the Citizens Redistricting Commission, as discussed in Regulation 60827. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate those skills.

As an architect, planning commissioner, and college lecturer, I have accumulated over 30 years experience developing analytic skills that include the ability to analyze, decipher, compute, estimate, and synthesize an array of quantitative data.

As an architect, my practice has included preparation of feasibility studies, urban planning and design projects and facility master plans. These technical studies require analysis and synthesis of large number of quantitative data that need to be summarized into meaningful discussion and interpretation. I conduct research to gather relevant information and data that bears on the client’s needs, including budget restraints, space needs, scheduling and timing, zoning and building code allowances, entitlement process, special conditions, and design philosophies.

Phases of my work require that I read and understand geological and soils reports to design appropriate foundations; calculate wind and structural loads to determine the most efficient and appropriate structural solution; analyze mechanical and electrical engineering documents to calculate design loads and distribution; and read and understand the impact of materials and construction systems that bear on the sustainability and energy efficiency of components building parts. I use auto-cad software to prepare and analyze maps, design alternatives, structural analysis, site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, working drawings and construction documents.

As a city planning commissioner, I study a wide range of technical documents that include maps for land uses, transportation systems, individual parcels, subdivisions, community plans, sewer and surface drainage plans, grading plans, environmentally sensitive lands, brush management maps; and other technical maps that require planning decisions. I study statistical information including population growth patterns, job and employment data, housing type data, rental and ownership data, parking and traffic data, industrial growth data, noise and air pollution data, environmental data, community crime data, and countless other urban planning information.

The Brown Act requires that I make decisions in a public forum before all interested parties. My decisions are guided by city and state statutes governing public health, safety, and welfare. I am also guided by state CEQA procedures and federal regulations governing specific issues related to inter-state commerce, endangered species, and environmental pollution matters.

As a college lecturer, my course topics include teaching research skills, mathematics, and statistics. As a graduate student thesis advisor, I guide my students through the process of researching topics, vetting arguments for and against issues, conducting empirical data collection, applying standards of reliability and viability, and selecting appropriate statistical models to measure significance levels. My work also includes advising students with qualitative research work, where narrative models are applied to help understand underlying patterns and explanations for an array of human behavioral conditions.

Part 2: General Information

Education

Yes No
Did you graduate from high school?
If not, do you possess a GED or equivalent?
If not, enter the highest grade you completed:

University or College, Business, Correspondence, Trade, or Service School(s) Attended

School Name and Location: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Course of Study/Major: Architecture
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained: M.Arch.
Date Completed, If Completed: 5/19/1974
Number of Years Attended: 2

School Name and Location: University of Hawai’i
Course of Study/Major: Pre-architecture
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained: BA
Date Completed, If Completed: 6/9/1968
Number of Years Attended: 4

School Name and Location: University of Missouri, St. Louis, (Extension Division)
Course of Study/Major: Analysis of Capital Expenditure Projects – Engineering Economics
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained: Certificate
Date Completed, If Completed: April, 1976
Number of Years Attended: 0

Employment History

  • Begin with your most recent job.
  • List each job separately.
  • Employment history must include at least 10 years. Employment job classifications may include retired, volunteer, not employed outside the home, or not employed. Please account for all of your time during the past 10 years.
  • Include all employment history you believe is relevant beyond 10 years.

From: 1997
To: Current
Employer Name: Springfield College
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable): Lecturer
Total Worked (Years/Months): 13/2
Description of Duties Performed*:

Teach math, statistics, fiscal management, economics, program evaluation, and graduate level research work. Also, advise graduate students in academic performance and career development.

From: 1984
To: Current
Employer Name: Self-employed
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable): Architect
Total Worked (Years/Months): 25/7
Description of Duties Performed*:

Perform architectual,urban planning, and economic feasibility studies

* In your current employment, if you serve as staff to, or a consultant to, or are under contract with the Governor of California, a member of the California Legislature, a California member of Congress, or a member of the State Board of Equalization you must disclose that here.

Activities:

Describe the professional, social, political, volunteer, and community activities in which you have engaged that you believe are relevant to serving as a commissioner, as discussed in Regulation 60847. The responses to this question are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words). You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

I have served on the San Diego Chapter board of the American Institute of Architects. Through this activity, I have broadened my understanding of the design profession practice, building and development industry, the responsibility government and its functions, the importance of environment and energy conservation planning, and the need to educate the general public on the importance of good design.

As a member of the American Planning Association, composed of professional planners, public officials, architects, landscape architects, environmentalists, and other professionals, I participate in the exchange of land use information, planning tools, and technical knowledge with other planners. This experience has given me additional understanding of the challenges facing diverse and complex urban and rural communities posed with solving planning, environmental, housing, transportation, and economic development in different regions of the state.

I have served on the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Asian Business Association. Both groups served to nurture the growth of small businesses and to improve the economic climate for business success. I worked with small and large businesses to provide technical assistance, and to advocate for business growth.

I have served on the board of the American Red Cross, the United Way Fund, the Girls Scouts of America, the University of California San Diego Foundation, and the San Diego State University Business College Advisory Board. In addition, I have served on city boards including the Center City Development Corporation, Naval Training Center Base Closure and Renewal Advisory Committee, and the Civic Center Feasibility Advisory Committee.

I am currently on the board of the San Diego Neighborhood House Association, the County’s largest privately operated social service agency. The agency assists over 10,000 families a year and its clients are largely composed of Latino and African American families living below the poverty line. I am also a committee member of the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Network. Its mission is to provide underserved minority communities access to healthcare needs. Our clients are mostly first generation Filipino, Latino and Asian immigrants and Pacific Islander families.

In the early 1980’s, thousands of Southeast Asian immigrants settled in San Diego. I joined the Union of Pan Asian Communities, a social service agency, and chaired its board for 7 years. Our programs helped immigrants with health needs, education, job opportunities, and with the acculturation process to help them to become citizens in their new country.

On August 24, 1986, I received the Mexican-American Foundation’s Leadership Award in recognition for my leadership in the minority community and for bringing African American, Latino, and Asian community leaders together to discuss issues of common interests. I also received minority leadership recognition from the Union of Pan Asian Communities, the Asian Business Association, and the city of San Diego.

Criminal History

Have you ever been convicted by any court of a felony?


If yes, please provide the following information:

Date:
Court:
Location:
* Offense (other pertinent information):

* If known, include the reference to the statute under which you were convicted (i.e. Penal Code section 424).

Voting Information

When you voted in any of the last three statewide general elections (i.e. the elections in November 2004, November 2006, and November 2008), did you vote using a different name or address than your current name or address?


Former Residences

List all of the places you have lived for 30 days or more at one time during the last 10 years (but list no information for where you lived prior to your 18th birthday). This does not include your current residence. If you lived in temporary housing while permanently residing somewhere else, note that with an * in the address line.

From Date:
To Date:
City, State, Zip Code:
County (or Country if Outside the United States):

Financial Contributions

List all of the monetary and non-monetary contributions of $250 or more that you have made in any single calendar year during the past 2 years to any professional, social, political, volunteer, and community organizations and causes. Begin with your most recent contribution.

Date of Contribution, if known: 8/11/08
Organization: Neighborhood House Association
Location: 5660 Copley Drive, San Diego, CA 92111
Amount: 250

Date of Contribution, if known: 11/4/09
Organization: Asian Business Association, San Diego
Location: 5675 Ruffin Road, Suite 305, San Diego, CA 92123
Amount: 1,500

Date of Contribution, if known: 11/2/09
Organization: Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation
Location: 5348 University Avenue, Suite 107, San Diego, CA 92105
Amount: 1,000

Date of Contribution, if known:
Organization:
Location:
Amount:

Part 3: Family Information

You must provide information about each living family member described in this paragraph. Information about each applicant’s family members is necessary to determine whether an applicant has a conflict of interest that would prohibit the applicant from serving on the commission. In this part of the application, you must provide information about your living parents, spouse, registered domestic partner (RDP), children, siblings, parents in-law, siblings in-law, sons and daughters in-law. Step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings count as parents, children, and siblings.

Do you have any family members as described above?


You are required to list information for each family member in a separate set of fields. The relationship, name, occupation, and employer may be posted on the Internet as explained in the privacy statement contained in this application. No other information will be posted on the Internet.

Name: Pauahi N. Ontai
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Lincoln E. Ontai
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Carleen Ontai
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Carl E. Ontai, Jr.
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Pacita Ontai
Relationship: Brother or Sister in-law: Sibling of Spouse/RDP

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Gayle Ontai
Relationship: Brother or Sister in-law: Sibling of Spouse/RDP

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Other Relevant Material:

Describe any other relevant information that you consider important that was not otherwise requested in the application. The responses to this question are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words). You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Word.

I am an Air Force veteran, honorably discharged, with the Medal of Commendation for exceptional service. I served with MAC Air Weather Service Wing of the Inspector General Office, based in Riverside County, March AFB, CA. I often traveled to Travis AFB, McClellan AFB, and Beale AFB1 in northern California and Edwards AFB in central California. My duties included traveling to Strategic Air Command bases throughout the western half of the United States, inspecting air weather support readiness conditions for B-52B bomber pilots from the 22d Bombardment Wing. This was a highly technical and data driven field of work involving preparation of upper atmospheric thermo maps, and implementation of training and regulation manuals . My travels to these different regions of the US gave me the opportunity to meet and appreciate the diversity of military and civilian workers, people that come from small towns to large cities, people that spoke many languages and represented many cultures, people from all walks of life and from diverse geological regions of the continental US.

In my 30 years of architectural practice, I have worked on projects in urban, rural, suburban, coastal, desert, and mountain communities throughout many areas California. My business have enabled me to better understand community goals and plans, local environmental issues, different zoning requirements and entitlement processes unique to separate incorporated and unincorporated areas of the state. My business has taken me to such communities or areas as Eureka, Redding, Chico, Sacramento, Truckee, Tracy, San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, Berkeley, San Bruno, Palo Alto, China Lake, Borrego Springs, Palm Springs, El Centro, Modesto, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Costa Mesa, San Clemente, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Big Bear Lake.

I volunteered to serve on the California State University System’s professional selection committee at its administrative center in Long Beach, California. The committee’s job was to pre-qualify architectural firms for contractual work to design future campus facilities throughout the California state system. This experience has taught me to identify competent firms with experience and understanding of the distinct geographic history and environmental requirements of local communities in different regions of the state.

As an alumni of the University of Hawaii and Washington University, I have traveled and attended alumni events in a number of California cities. I remain active in alumni activities which has given me opportunities to learn about local issues from colleagues throughout the state. This experience has further enriched my understanding and appreciation of California’s diverse regional differences, natural beauty and social complexity.

Part 4: Letters of Recommendation

An applicant must submit or arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals or organizations. A letter of recommendation may be no longer than two pages. A description of the elements of a letter of recommendation is provided at the bureau’s web site. (Note: A public comment submitted about you will not count as a letter of recommendation.)

An applicant shall submit the required letters of recommendation to the bureau on or before April 19. Applicants shall submit the letters of recommendation to the bureau via e-mail to votersfirstact@auditor.ca.gov, or by facsimile, United States mail, or other common carrier. Letters of recommendation received by the bureau after April 19 will not be considered, and the applicant will not continue on in the application process.

On all of your letters of recommendation, you must include your application ID, which is 342. The identification number is unique to your application and insures that each of your letters of recommendation is correctly attached to your application file before it is reviewed by the Applicant Review Panel. The letters of recommendation may be addressed to the Applicant Review Panel and can be mailed to 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA, 95814 in care of the State Auditor. They may also be faxed to 916-319-9295 or e-mailed to votersfirstact@auditor.ca.gov. E-mail is the preferred method of delivery.

Part 5: Financial Disclosure Form

If likely to be selected for an interview, you will be required to submit FPPC Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests. You do not need to submit that form now.

Part 6: PRIVACY NOTIFICATION AND WAIVER

LEGAL AUTHORITY AND REASON FOR COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Voters FIRST Act (the Act) and the regulations implementing the Act require that the selection of commissioners on the Citizens Redistricting Commission (commission) be open to public scrutiny and the press (see California Constitution, Article XXI, section 2, subdivision (c); California Goverment Code sections 8252, 11120, 11121, and 11125.1; California Code of Regulations, title 2, sections 60836, 60842, and 60846). The Act also requires that the Bureau of State Audits (bureau) select 60 of the most qualified applicants based upon their voter affiliation, their eligibility to serve pursuant to Article XXI of the California Constitution, the absence of any conflicts of interest, their relevant analytical skills, ability to be impartial, appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography, and their racial, ethnic, geographic, gender and economic diversity. To determine each applicant’s identity and qualifications to serve on the commission, and to track the demographic information of the applicant pool, this application seeks personal information about applicants that will be provided to the Applicant Review Panel, bureau staff, the public, including members of the press, the Legislature, and the commission.

CONSEQUENCE OF NOT PROVIDING ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION

Failure to provide all of the requested information will result in your disqualification and the removal of your name from the applicant pool. Thus, if you wish to serve on the commission, for each item of information requested, it is mandatory that you submit a response.

PERMISSION TO USE AND RELEASE PERSONAL INFORMATION

By submitting this application, you acknowledge that the application, all documents submitted in support of your application, including a Statement of Economic Interests (FPPC Form 700), if you are asked to submit one, letters of recommendation, materials generated as a result of any bureau or Applicant Review Panel investigation of you, and all comments about and responses to comments about your application are public records. You agree that the bureau shall provide copies of these materials to members of the public and the press, members and staff of the Applicant Review Panel, bureau staff, the Legislature, the commission, and as otherwise compelled by law. You understand that members of the Applicant Review Panel and the public may make public statements about you. You authorize the bureau to use the information submitted by and about you as the bureau deems necessary to select commissioners and replacement commissioners or otherwise comply with its legal duties, and you also authorize the bureau to post all materials related to your application to serve on the commission on its website.

VOLUNTARY WAIVER OF PRIVACY RIGHTS AND BUREAU LIABILITY

By applying to be a commissioner, you are waiving your privacy and other rights under various state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, the Information Practices Act (Cal. Civil Code section 1798 et seq.), and any defamation, invasion of privacy, and negligence claim you may have against the bureau and those acting on its behalf. Accordingly, by waiving your privacy rights, you are agreeing to permit the bureau to release any and all information submitted by or about you, EXCEPT that the bureau will not post on the Internet your date of birth, physical, mailing, and e-mail addresses (excluding the city and county), and telephone numbers, or the addresses and telephone numbers of your immediate family members. At this point in the process, the bureau will not collect, and please do not voluntarily submit to the bureau, your social security number, driver’s license number, financial account numbers, or health information. By submitting your application, you acknowledge and consent to the release of the information you and others are providing related to you, and except as specifically provided above, you are waiving your right to privacy regarding all information relating to you and your application to serve as a commissioner. This waiver authorizes the bureau to make public information submitted by or about you for a period of twelve (12) years from the date of your application, even if you are not selected as a commissioner. You are providing this waiver voluntarily, understanding that the bureau shall not be legally liable as a result of the release of information submitted by or about you, or as the result of comments made about you by others, that the bureau posts on its website or otherwise releases publicly. This includes claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, and any other statutory or common law claims.

WHO TO CONTACT

You have a right to review personal information the bureau maintains about you and verify its accuracy. Please contact the bureau’s Privacy Officer at (916) 445-0255, 555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California, 95814 if you would like to view or obtain information about the location of your records and the categories of persons who use the information in your records.

Affirmation

I affirm, by entering my initials in the box, that the statements contained in this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and that I have read and understand the Privacy Notification and Waiver.

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Amendment 1

Submission Timestamp: 08/06/2010 16:06:12

Added Employment Histories:

From:
To:
Employer Name:
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable):
Total Worked (Years/Months):
Description of Duties Performed*:

Added Family Members:

Name: Peggy Page
Relationship: Brother or Sister in-law: Spouse/RDP of Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Amendment 2

Submission Timestamp: 08/06/2010 16:14:05

Added Family Members:

Name: Pauahi N. Ontai
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

School Name and Location:
Course of Study/Major:
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained:
Date Completed, If Completed:
Number of Years Attended:

From:
To:
Employer Name:
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable):
Total Worked (Years/Months):
Most Recent/Latest Supervisor:
Address:
Phone Number:
Description of Duties Performed:

Date:
Court:
Location:
* Offense (other pertinent information):

From Date:
To Date:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
County (or Country if Outside the United States):

Date of Contribution, if known:
Organization:
Location:
Amount:

Name:
Relationship:
Home Address:
Telephone Number:
Current Occupation:
Current Employer:
Within the past 10 years, has the family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

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