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PSAR announces endorsements for June 5 election

posted May 18, 2018, 4:33 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated May 18, 2018, 6:24 PM by Richard D'Ascoli ]
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR) has announced its endorsement of five candidates for the June 5 election. Endorsed candidates include:

  • Brian Jones for California State Senate 38th District
  • Ernie Dronenburg for San Diego County assessor-recorder-clerk, 
  • Eric J. Lund for San Diego County Board of Education District #3, 
  • Max Zaker for Chula Vista City Council District #2 and 
  • Rafael Perez for San Diego Community College District #E.

PSAR’s Government Affairs Committee recommended the endorsements to the board of directors, which then ratified the recommendation. The Government Affairs Committee is involved in political advocacy and public policy and its impact on homeownership and private property rights.

Brian Jones - State Senate 38th District includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook.

Jones, currently a Santee City Council member, is running to succeed Joel Anderson, who is termed out. Jones served in the State Assembly for six years after eight years on the Santee City Council. In 2017, Jones was appointed to the Santee City Council to fill a vacancy created when Santee’s mayor, Randy Voepel, was elected to the Assembly. Jones is running against two other candidates. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to November’s general election.

Jones has been a resident of the 38th Senate District since 1978. He attended Santee Elementary, Cajon Park Middle School and Santana High School. Since he was first elected to office in 2002, Jones has consistently worked for common-sense policies to expand housing opportunities and protect homeownership.

Jones’ campaign website is www.electbrianjones.com.

Ernie Dronenburg - The assessor-recorder represents all of San Diego County

Dronenburg is seeking re-election for a third term to the nonpartisan office. He was first elected to the office in 2010 and re-elected in June 2014, when he received 59 percent of the vote, resulting in no runoff election that year. His June 2014 reelection was won by a 28-point spread. As a California Certified Property Tax Appraiser for over 10 years, Dronenburg is the only candidate in the race who meets the legal requirement to hold the office of assessor-recorder-county clerk.

Dronenburg has a 20-year track record of advocating for taxpayers. His track record includes lowering property values, which provided tax relief to hundreds of thousands of homeowners so they could remain in their homes. Soon after taking office in 2010, Dronenburg reduced property taxes on more than 310,000 properties in San Diego County. At the time, the housing market was still reeling from the impact of the economic recession and many homeowners had lost value in their homes.

Under Dronenburg’s leadership, the county office has implemented innovative technology so that taxpayers can conveniently do business with his office online rather than driving to his office to stand in line. Dronenburg was California’s first and only Assessor Office to implement online forms with secure electronic signatures. Dornenburg also led a document digitalization process saving the office from printing more than 650,000 pieces of paper annually and allowing more taxpayers to be served at regional offices. 

Prior to serving as the county’s assessor-recorder-clerk, Dronenburg spent 20 years with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), including five years as chairman. At the BOE, he advocated for taxpayers and authored the California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and implemented the original Prop. 13 regulations that limit property taxes to 1 percent of a property’s assessed value. Dronenburg remains a staunch advocate leading statewide protection of the famous Prop. 13 law, which he says keeps homeownership affordable and lowers both residential rents and the ability for small business owners to operate.

The office of the County assessor-recorder-clerk typically draws little public attention, however nearly every county resident who owns property or rents is affected by what happens there. As county assessor, Dronenburg oversees assessing the value of real estate and personal property, which in San Diego includes planes and boats. Property taxes constitute the largest share of revenue for the county. His work also involves registering business names and issuing marriage licenses, birth and death certificates. The office has a $71 million budget with 405 employees and five offices in San Diego County. Dronenburg’s office has returned an average of $3.2 million of his annual budget to the County general fund. His office is forecasting to return over $5 million in 2018.

Dronenburg’s campaign website is www.voteforernie.com.

Eric J. Lund - San Diego County Board of Education District #3 which encompasses East County.  

Lund has served as president/CEO of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce since May 2013. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Grossmont College and Southwestern College. He is director of the San Diego East County Homeless Task Force. Lund is running as a challenger against the incumbent. Because there are only two candidates in the race, the winner will be decided in the June primary election rather than with a runoff in the November general election.

Lund believes identifying flexible options for choosing schools is critical to student success. “Parents need the flexibility in today's world to choose schools that best fit their children's needs,” he said. “I support workforce training including the `World of Work’ program at Cajon Valley School District, Career Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs.  I care deeply about educating our youth and young adults. I believe my business experience and knowledge along with my educational background and leadership skills will serve my constituents well on the County Board of Education. I will help to equip our students to compete effectively in the Global Marketplace, I will work to improve our schools to be cost-efficient and make public safety for our children a priority. I know what it takes to find common sense solutions, how to navigate the complicated education bureaucracy and governmental agencies, and how to solve problems and get things done.” 

Lund’s campaign website is www.Ericjlund.org.

Max Zaker -  Chula Vista’s District #2 encompasses the northwest area of the city, including Bayfront Park and state Route 54 west to L Street.

Zaker, a member of the PSAR board of directors and an owner of a successful real estate brokerage, is running in a field of six candidates to replace term-capped Councilwoman Pat Aguilar. The top two vote-getters on June 5 will move onto the November election. 

Zaker is no stranger to public service. He currently sits on the city’s Planning Commission and Growth Management Oversight Commission. His leadership experience includes a prior role as the former director of the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP), a non-profit business organization that assists with the revitalization of Downtown San Diego. He oversaw implementation of San Diego’s first property-based business improvement district (PBID). Also at DSDP, he was involved with the “Clean and Safe” program, which was designed to improve the appearance and enhance public safety in San Diego’s Downtown area. 

Additionally, Zaker served on the leadership team at the Jacob Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a San Diego non-profit that partnered with residents in Southeastern San Diego for community change. As the Jacobs Center’s business development director, he was part of San Diego’s largest social enterprise designed to create jobs for local residents and serve as a destination business model. He was involved with the development of several office, retail and industrial properties, including Market Creek Plaza commercial center, which created local business, jobs and resident ownership opportunities. He also served on the board of the Southeastern Diamond Business District, serving as 2011-2012 chair.

Zaker also has been a leader as co-author of the City of San Diego's first micro-lending program. As a result, in 2000, Zaker was awarded with a special designation from the U.S. Department of Justice. He was recognized as a “Person of Special Interest” by the U.S. Government’s Executive Office for Immigration Review for his significant contributions to the U.S economy.

Zaker’s campaign website is www.maxforchulavista.com.

Rafael Perez - District “E” in the San Diego Community College District includes the areas of Normal Heights, City Heights, Eastern North Park, Azalea Park, South Park, Fairmont Park, Golden Hill, Sherman Village Heights, Grant Hill, Mountain View, Logan Heights, Southcrest, Barrio Logan and Shelltown.

Perez, a member of the PSAR board of directors and a successful REALTOR®, was honored with a 2017 PSAR Realtor of the Year award. He was recognized for his involvement on several city of San Diego housing programs, including the city’s density bonus program that allows developers to build more market-rate housing than zoning allows if they voluntarily add low-income homes.

Also as part of his involvement with PSAR, he played a key role in securing a grant from the National Association of REALTORS® for a diversity initiative that involved both PSAR and the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Perez was a founding board member of the NAHREP San Diego chapter and served as chapter president in 2013.

Perez moved to San Diego in 1999 to attend San Diego State University. On the Monday after graduating from college in 2004, he started working in real estate. His real estate career has included both sales and lending.

Perez’s civic involvement has included serving as a member of the City of San Diego's Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission. He was appointed to the Commission after his selection to attend the San Diego Public Leadership Institute, a nine-month, non-partisan program for professionals with business experience who are interested in exploring running for public office or serving on boards and commissions. Rafael also is an adjunct faculty member at Cuyamaca College where he teaches a real estate principles course.

If elected, his goals as a San Diego Community College trustee will be to build prosperity for students, provide a fighting chance for those who have fallen through the cracks and champion a climate-friendly campus.

Perez’s campaign website is http://voterafaelperez.com.

The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a 2,600-member trade group for San Diego-area REALTORS®, offers educational training, advocacy and other services and resources to its REALTOR® members. Founded in 1928, PSAR has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth and development of greater San Diego County. The Association maintains a leadership role in the industry, empowering REALTORS® by leveraging our collective strength so they may serve homebuyers and sellers and the greater community. PSAR offices are located in Chula Vista and El Cajon. For more information, visit www.PSAR.org.