About

Mailer2 BackSteve was elected to the Salinas City Councilmember in 2010 after having served as Chair of the Salinas Planning Commission. His District encompasses South Salinas including Downtown and industrial complexes south of the city.

Steve is an owner of McShane’s Landscape Supply and Converted Organics. He holds a Masters in Agribusiness Administration from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Soil Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Steve is happily married to his wife Danielle and they have one son, Patrick. When not working he can be found spending time with family, hiking, or gardening.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Public Safety:

– Founder & Chair of Salinas Graffiti Task Force
– Measure G – Funding for Public Safety
– Establishment of Salinas Public Safety Facility 2018
– Fire station renovations (station 5) / equipment upgrades
– Co-Founder / Past – President, Los Olivos-Riker Neighborhood Watch / Association
– Led effort to establish funded Neighborhood Services Coordinator & Neighborhood Grants Program

Infrastructure

– Upgrades to partial street closure at Los Palos & Abbot Street intersection.
– Leadership role for traffic calming on Ambrose, Riker, Nacional & Los Palos
– Support for Measures funding street, sidewalk and tree rehab programs
– Support for Measure X & SB 1 – Leading to more than $100 million for Salinas projects

Housing & Homelessness:

– Funding for Haciendas I, II, III, IV Affordable Housing Project
– Key role in support of Future Growth Area of the City
– Approval for Dai-Ichi Village, Salinas Gateway, Mid Pen Chinatown Apartments
– More than $2 million for homelessness including shelter assistance, cleaning, outreach
– Long term solution with County of Monterey for permanent shelter – Natividad x Laurel

Economic Development

– Founder / Chair, Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit
– Establishment of WGA Center for Innovation / Thrive Accelerator
– Key role in establishing Digital Nest
– Strong voice for local agriculture / Only councilmember with ag employment experience
– Key role / advocacy in over-haul of the City Permitting Department

Technology & Budgets:

– Established App for reporting city code violations & issues
– Roll out of Granicus online agenda & meeting streaming technology
– Roll out of OpenGov financial (budget) transparency software
– Roll out of Priority Based Budgeting

History, Community & International

– Founder / Chair City Holiday Home Lighting Competition
– Chair, 2018 Salinas Founders Day “150thCommunity Birthday”
– Established Soke, Turkey – Salinas, CA Sister-City
– Founder / Past-Chair, Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival
– Established donation of (2) surplus fire trucks to Quiroga, Michoacan, Mexico
– Co-host to Seogwipo City, South Korea (Possible future sister – city)

Arts, Parks, Recreation & Libraries:

Founder, Salinas Arts Ordinance – annual funding for public art
– Co-sponsor & donor to Bataan Park Renovation Project
– Renovation / Rebuild of El Gabilan Library / Renovation to Cesar Chavez Library
– Founder / Sponsor to Central Park Community Garden Project
– Advisor / Donor to Central Park Veterans Rose Garden Renovation Project
– Co-Founder / Past-Chair, Salinas United: Community Clean Up Event

Constituent Relations:

– Host & Co-Host to more than (20) Community Meetings as City Councilman
– Successfully administered (200+) constituent case work files