Newcomer, two incumbents run for Burlingame City Council 

click to enlarge November’s City Council election in Burlingame will pit two well-known incumbents against a newcomer, Ricardo Ortiz, with two seats at stake. (AP file photo) - NOVEMBER’S CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IN BURLINGAME WILL PIT TWO WELL-KNOWN INCUMBENTS AGAINST A NEWCOMER, RICARDO ORTIZ, WITH TWO SEATS AT STAKE. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • November’s City Council election in Burlingame will pit two well-known incumbents against a newcomer, Ricardo Ortiz, with two seats at stake. (AP file photo)
  • November’s City Council election in Burlingame will pit two well-known incumbents against a newcomer, Ricardo Ortiz, with two seats at stake. (AP file photo)

November’s City Council election in Burlingame will pit two well-known incumbents against a newcomer, Ricardo Ortiz, with two seats at stake.

Ortiz, 48, faces first-term Councilman Jerry Deal and second-term Councilwoman Terry Nagel, who’s also mayor.

The Colombian-born Ortiz hopes to bring “common sense” back to the council, saying he decided to run after watching three months of debates over whether to save Tom, an old eucalyptus tree that was damaging the sidewalk.

“That keyed me into that there was an issue with the process,” said Ortiz, who supported the tree’s ultimate destruction.

Ortiz also said the city had no place asking local stores to put health warning labels on cellphones, and he called ongoing discussions about banning leaf blowers “a waste of time.”

His priority would be to fund pension liabilities for city employees, which he said are “significantly underfunded,” and to “unequivocally oppose” high-speed rail in Burlingame.

Ortiz criticized Nagel for her “indecisiveness” about the eucalyptus and “wishy-washiness” on high-speed rail.

But Nagel said with healthy reserves, new businesses coming to town, low crime rates and stable property values relative to other Peninsula cities, the city is “in good hands.”

Nagel is not opposed to high-speed rail, but strongly opposes an aerial or four-track design.

“What I have always stood for is building community,” Nagel said.

Her model of bringing citizens together to solve problems without spending money is at work in the Neighborhood Network crime prevention program, the Green Ribbon Task Force for environmental progress and a citizens action group focused on obtaining better PG&E service.

Nagel also involved the public in creating a plan for developing downtown that calls for more apartments close to amenities.

 “I never got into this for the popularity contest,” Nagel said. “I got into it because I really truly want to make good things happen in the community.”

If re-elected, one of Deal’s top goals is to make the city more business-friendly, he said.

Thirteen years on the Planning Commission gave the vice mayor insight into the difficulty of developing or launching a business in the city, he said.

As a councilman, Deal helped establish a new system where developers sit down with city officials and go over their plans before investing large sums of money in their projects.

His other accomplishments include saving the city from layoffs and budget cuts, and insisting the budget only increase at a maximum of 2 percent annually, with the rest going into reserve funds for catastrophes and the future costs of employee benefits, Deal said.

Recently elected to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board of Caltrain, and serving as vice chair of SamTrans, Deal has worked to “protect” neighborhoods from high-speed rail and “the wireless telecom companies.”

nkyriakou@sfexaminer.com

City Council candidates

Jerry Deal

Job:
Architect

Endorsements:

  • Cathy Baylock, Burlingame City Council member and former mayor
  • Ann Keighran, Burlingame City Council member and former mayor
  • Michael Brownrigg, Burlingame City Council member
  • Jack Van Etten, former Burlingame police chief


Terry Nagel

Job:
Former nonprofit director

Endorsements:

  • Jerry Hill, Assembly member
  • Joe Simitian, state senator
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County supervisor
  • Michael Brownrigg,  Burlingame City Council member


Ricardo Ortiz

Job:
City National Bank branch manager and vice president

Endorsements:

  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County supervisor
  • Helen Galligan, Peninsula Health Care District board member
  • Carol Tanzi, Burlingame Rotary Club president
  • Joe Galligan, former Burlingame mayor

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