by Dr. Cesar Candari
Noli Zosa who is facing off against Raul Campillo for the central inland District 7 seat for city council on Nov. 3rd. This endorsement is a signal to the electorate that Noli is unquestionably qualified to serve his constituencies and communities in San Diego especially District 7.
Noli’s character, education – undergraduate and law school degrees- business acumen, and record of public services, will make him an exceptional council member of the City of San Diego. Noli Sosa’s visions of addressing homelessness, its root problem and solutions are to be reckoned with. He wants to tackle the problem by attacking the root problems that include out of reach housing costs, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health and other issues. Noli will create change through non-profit organizations like “Solutions for Change” which creates a solid foundation for struggling San Diegans. Noli looks to reduce homelessness in a smart and permanent way. His platform regarding affordable housing exemplified by his concern and experiences as private citizen businessman, assures we will have a city councilman able to accomplish more on these issues reducing housing cost and in addition gives first priority to low income families who have been or will be displaced by new development in their current apartment communities. Noli Zosa wants homeowners to be able to expand and remodel their homes and wants homebuilders to bring new housing stock online by reducing overbearing red tape. Increasing the availability of new homes and reducing fees that are passed on to the homeowner is the step in the right direction. His agenda of promoting job growth in San Diego County is amazingly inspiring. As a restaurant owner and partner with 140 employees he can attest that his plan will inspire small and large businesses to be successful. He plans to create policies that promote job growth in the city.
The Safe neighborhood dream of Noli means community safety efforts come with social responsibility. He will not defund the police! On the contrary, he will work to increase the bonds between community members and police officers. Officers should have the pay and resources needed to do an effective job, Noli, will also work to increase the number of dispatching staff. 911-response time for the city has dramatically improved; Noli will work to ensure non-emergency call wait times be reduced. He believes community policing is critical to ensure that residents feel safe and secure enough to help report crime to the police. That is what Noli’s enthusiasm when he was a Board Member on both the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Board and the Mission Valley YMCA.
Noli promises to support increased funding for street repair and reconstruction, fixing traffics and infrastructure. Noli will support ideas for utilizing technology to reduce traffic such as utilizing smart adaptive traffic signal optimization technology. Noli will ensure that planning for the future will include known future technologies like self-driving cars and other alternative fuel vehicles.
Noli’s endorsements from local and beyond the city of San Diego are top community and political leaders and organizations that will make one profoundly awestruck of the list of numbers about 5 dozens (partial list). San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has endorsed Noli. “Noli Zosa is a dedicated neighborhood advocate, successful small business owner and problem solver,” said Mayor Faulconer. “He has been a strong voice for his community for almost three decades, volunteering on countless local boards and commissions…” In my humble opinion, Noli’s visibility in the city will easily catapult him to a city councilman position.
I have known Noli when he was a young boy. His father is a physician, my colleague and a good friend. Since I was a former resident of District 7 for 32 years in Del Cerro Highlands, I decided to share this support and endorsement to one and all in district 7, especially to my friends and the larger Filipino-American community. This is indeed a great decision by Noli to run for city councilman. It will undoubtedly bring forward our Fil-Am community in San Diego County; improve our prestige, pride, recognition, and leadership in the community. Noli Zosa will be inspiring Filipinos to rally and get involved, to bring our community forward in politics of mainstream America. To all of my kababayans (countrymen) we must start the ball rolling by openly expressing who we are, our talents, values, and our culture. Noli Zosa will win in this election! It is fundamentally significant in that it will be a revelation to the American born generation of Filipinos now and into the future. As we work toward our common goal of progress and advancement in the community, our unity and numbers should lead us to greater political and economic power. Our image in America must be solid and based on unity. We must vote for Noli Zosa.
Unquestionably, he has the clarity of his convictions, and shows he profoundly cares about serving others; in this way his integrity, dedication, and commitment truly show. Noli is no ordinary American; he is a Filipino American with community service commitments. He has nearly 30 years of community service experience on 17 local boards and commissions, including the YMCA Mission Valley board, Mission Trails Citizens Advisory Council, San Diego Park and Recreation Board and Linda Vista Planning Group, which he chairs. He is a founding partner of the Dirty Birds restaurant chain.
This writer is Filipino-American. As such, I am very proud of Noli’s Filipino roots, and how he stays connected to the community. Noli’s unblemished contributions to society are his messianic zeal, passion and total devotion. For decades, Filipino-Americans have experienced stunning population growth but precious few political gains. An American born Filipino will accomplish it. We are very lucky to have Noli, a son of a Filipino immigrant. Filipino empowerment is our dream, goal and aspiration. Noli Zosa’s election to America’s corridors of city council office shall undoubtedly enhance Filipinos’ positive image. We need to show we have the numbers to influence policies, in our state capitals, and in our cities. We also need to show we have the vote to elect our fellow Filipinos and other candidates supportive of our concerns to key positions locally as well as nationally. There are good signs that we will soon achieve our longtime dream of political empowerment. The next generation of Filipinos, raised in the great democratic tradition of America, is beginning to rise-up and take action to be heard and be counted.
Noli will serve with fairness, compassion, and intense leadership and with his caliber will be a positive influence in our community. Borrowing his words of wisdom – “we must have a strong voice for district 7.” His community work is impeccable. A vote for him is a vote for all of us.
Noli needs volunteers in his campaign and please contribute any amount today.
ENDORSED BY :
CESAR D. CANDARI, MD, FCAP EMERITUS.
Columnist Philippine Times of Southern Nevada.
Former Contributor of Asian Journal San Diego.
Co- Founder of Operation Samahan Health Clinic San Diego County.
Former President of Paradise Valley Lions Club of San Diego.
Former President Philippine Medical Association of San Diego (2 terms)1981-1982 & 1987-1989
Former City Commissioner -member of Board of Governors – San Diego Stadium Authority 1988-1992.
Former Field Oral Medical Examiner – Medical State Board of California .
Former Liaison to the Asian Community of Congressman Jim Bates 44th District of California
FATHER JOE CARROLL
DAN HOM, COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADER
MONTY MCINTYRE, FORMER DISTRICT 7 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE
MAYOR KEVIN FAULCONER, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
COUNCILMEMBER CHRIS CATE, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
COUNCILMEMBER SCOTT SHERMAN, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB, CHAIRWOMAN, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
SUPERVISOR GREG COX, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
SUPERVISOR JIM DESMOND, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
SHERIFF WILLIAM D. GORE, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
FMR. COUNCILMEMBER LORIE ZAPF, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
FMR. CHIEF SHELLEY ZIMMERMAN, SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
SDPD ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF CESAR SOLIS (RETIRED)
SENATOR PAT BATES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
SENATOR BRIAN JONES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FMR. CONGRESSMAN BRIAN BILBRAY
DOUG BECKHAM, KEARNY MESA KIWANIS
COUNCILMEMBER MARK KERSEY, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
FMR. SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FMR. STATE PAROLE BOARD COMMISSIONER, THOMAS J. GIAQUINTO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
MAYOR RICHARD BAILEY, CITY OF CORONADO
VICE PRESIDENT MARK POWELL, SAN DIEGO BOARD OF EDUCATION
ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARIE WALDRON, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FMR. COUNTY SUPERVISOR RON ROBERTS
DR. WILLIE P. BLAIR, CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER
GARY STANG, OWNER OF SKATEWORLD
FMR. COUNCILMEMBER BYRON WEAR
MAYOR JOHN MINTO, CITY OF SANTEE
FMR. COUNCILMEMBER JIM MADAFFER
FMR. COUNCILMEMBER JUDGE LARRY STIRLING, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF KEN MALBROUGH (RET.)
SAN DIEGO REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ASSOCIATION OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RENTAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION
SAN DIEGO COUNTY LINCOLN CLUB
SAN DIEGO ASIAN AMERICANS FOR EQUALITY
GREATER SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (SDAR)
CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION (CRA)
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, SAN DIEGO
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS (ABC), SD CHAPTER
NEW MAJORITY, SAN DIEGO CHAPTER