We can be heroes- just for one day...
Welcome to my campaign website. My name is David Eblovi and I am standing for election in Half Moon Bay's City Council District 4 election.
My candidate statement is below and I would respectfully ask that you start by reading it first as it lays out the most important reasoning behind my decision to stand for election.
However, for those of you short on time, or looking for specifics, here are links to the essentials.
For a detailed description of how I saved HMB residents more than $26 million over the past ten years click here.
For policy positions and how I would govern if I were to be elected please click here.
For a detailed comparison of positions, experience and proposals on the major issues facing Half Moon Bay from each candidate please click here.
To contribute to my campaign please click here.
To volunteer for my campaign please click here.
For my Blog please click here.
I have been active in Half Moon Bay for the past 11+ years, working as a private citizen to save our community many millions of dollars while ensuring that the quality of life for everyone in HMB continues to improve, so that would seem the logical place to start. Instead I would like to focus here at the very beginning on something different.
In a world that each day feels more and more out of control, it is more important than ever to refocus on the things we can change. As it turns out, the things we can change are local, and in HMB we are uniquely positioned to take control of our destiny.
One of my favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes is this one: "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for our stormy present." Never has this been more true for our country or for our city.
For too long we've taken the approach that we open the voter guide the day or two before we vote, we pick someone (usually the incumbent) and we check the box, our civic duty done until the next election or until an issue important to us pops up.
While this approach may have worked in the past, it is no longer enough for the troubled times we are living in. Thus my campaign is focused on encouraging the idea that every single one of us can be a hero- even if just for one day, when it comes to governing our city.
Just as our own collective disinterest will no longer work, the "status quo" can no longer be accepted as sufficient just because it worked in the past. The next group of leaders elected in Half Moon Bay must absolutely understand and embrace the reality that we don't just live in a rapidly changing world, we live in an already changed world.
I do not know of anyone who does not feel at least somewhat powerless in the face of our national political debacle, the ever-increasing harms of climate change, or the continuing expansion of the equity gap present in our country.
While it is true that we cannot affect national politics in any measurable way, it is also true that each one of us, acting alone, has the power to affect local political processes, policies and administration. I know this because that is how I got involved- first by saving and preserving a playground structure in Ocean View Park, allowing kids to play through the summer of 2011, and then by authoring the Main Street Bridge Preservation Act, saving the City millions and ensuring that businesses on Main Street did not close as a result of the proposed project to replace the bridge.
Whether you vote for me, or for someone else, I hope you will give serious thought to the idea of being a hero- even if it is just for one day. We, all of us, need to make this small investment in our community if we are collectively going to navigate the troubled waters we now find ourselves in.
I hope you will join me, both during the campaign and after, as we explore different ideas and avenues that anyone can use to begin the process of local civic engagement as a matter of personal responsibility for each one of us.
This whole schmozzle is supposed to be about who you vote for, and I am supposed to ask for your vote here. Instead I'd like to respectfully ask you to use this election as a jumping off point for your own engagement in helping to govern, and to run, our precious place here on earth.
Who you vote for in November will not determine the long-term viability of Half Moon Bay, but your civic engagement going forward will. If there is one takeaway for you from my campaign I hope it will be that. Or put another way- we are all responsible for each other and for our community, and the only way we can honor that responsibility is to show up.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Check the Blog link above for regular updates, and please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have any questions that I might answer.