Mark McCurdy

August 19, 2010

Name: Mark McCurdy

Age: 50

Birth place: Lynwood

How long have you lived in Fountain Valley? Since 1991.

Occupation: Insurance Broker

Education: associate's degree from Orange Coast College; Cal State Long Beach

Previously elected or appointed positions: Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce president, Fountain Valley Housing and Community Development Advisory Board chairman, Fountain Valley/Holy Spirit Church/Knights of Columbus community chairman, Fountain Valley traffic commissioner, California Small Business Assn. board member, Orange County Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, member, OCTA/Stakeholders Working Group committee member

Community organizations you belong to: Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, Fountain Valley Historical Society, Fountain Valley Friends of the Library, Fountain Valley/Knights of Columbus

What do you think are the biggest issues facing Fountain Valley right now?

1.) Revenue
2.) Attracting business to Fountain Valley.
3.) Repairing aging infrastructure.
4.) Transparency


What is one decision in the last year that the City Council got right and why would you have supported it?

Every year we make the decision to keep our time honored budget process. Originally adopted in the 1970s, every year we review our city finances based upon 10-year financial forecasting and a two-year operating budget. This is especially important, for instance, if we suddenly have a major unexpected expense. We responsibly budget our monies and plan ahead to be ready for a rainy day and possibly a major expense. I plan to continue this practice into the future.
What is one decision in the last year the City Council got wrong, or partially wrong, and why would you have voted differently?

This last year our city adopted additional water conversation regulations as proposed by the Metropolitan Water District. While this might appear to be timely given the federal court ruling that ordered a massive reduction in water supplies from the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to protect the Delta smelt, however, recent data shows that Fountain Valley was exceeding water conservations standards as a whole and acting responsibly with water usage.

It does not seem appropriate to reward responsible behavior by wheeling out new burdensome regulations (one councilmember referred to the new regulations as Draconian).

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