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J. Scott Schoeffel, Dana Point
I am running for a seat on the Council representing District 2, where I have lived for over 35 years. I previously served eight years on the City Council (2008-2016), including terms as Mayor and Mayor pro-tem of Dana Point. Prior to my service as your Councilmember, I served on the Dana Point Planning Commission for nearly 12 years, including terms as Chair and Vice Chair.
I am a Southern California native, giving me first-hand knowledge of Dana Point’s history from a residents’ perspective. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and went on to receive my Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). As a California lawyer with over 37 years of experience in land use planning and development, I am well trained in understanding the unique governmental, regulatory and financial challenges our city faces as we work to create and maintain a stunning coastal community that is faithful to its character, with happy residents and a robust economy.
During my time serving Dana Point residents I have also invested in our youth by donating my Council-related compensation to support music education in our public schools and to fund annual scholarship awards for excellence in elementary school performance. When elected I will continue this practice. Seven years ago, I co-founded the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra and while serving as Mayor, I initiated formation of the Dana Point Arts and Culture Commission which has done so much to bring public art, events and recognition to our town.
I also serve as an appointed member of the Board of Directors of CalOptima, Orange County’s managed Medi-Cal public agency that arranges health care for over 800,000 county residents. In that capacity, I manage an annual agency revenue budget that exceeds $3 Billion, and also serve as a member of the board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
I believe in Dana Point’s future. But we need to focus the Council’s collaborative efforts on the issues and solutions that will ensure success. Our Council needs to find consensus through experience, wisdom, and imagination, rather than division fueled by misleading special interests. My neighbors in District 2 and throughout the City have urged me to return to the Council. I believe my vision, qualifications and past achievements can assist greatly in positive city governance and I would be grateful and honored to have your support and vote in November.