2016 DCPC Election Candidates

The following candidates were nominated and declared eligible by the DCPC Elections Subcommittee:

The following seats are uncontested (write-in candidates are allowed if they qualify):

Cortez Business:

Lindsay KingLindsay King

Lindsay King has been a member of the DCPC since moving to San Diego in 2010 and is actively involved with the Pre-Design Sub-Committee.  Lindsay received her Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and Master of Architecture Degree from UCLA.  Lindsay has worked in the field of architecture & development for the past 10+ years in cities including Milwaukee, Los Angeles and San Diego.  She currently works as a Project Manager at Alcorn & Benton Architects in La Jolla.

As an owner of a Cortez Hill investment property Lindsay is interested in the long-term growth and development of Downtown San Diego.  In hopes of making Downtown more family friendly, Lindsay often requests that developers consider 3 bedroom residential units, parking and green space.  Lindsay enjoys spending her free time with her husband, 1 year old daughter and dog – they can often be found enjoying all the great outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer.


Cortez Residential Owner:

Dan Wery, AICP, LEED-AP:

A resident of downtown for the past 11 years, Dan is eager to share his over 20 years of broad professional planning experience to improve the quality of life, use and operation of our built environment downtown.

  • Proudly serving as DCPC member since June 2013
  • Downtown resident for 11 years
  • Committed to improving our quality of life and economy through a complete, sustainable and healthy built environment.
  • Focused on ensuring new development contributes to a safe, attractive public realm and enduring value.
  • Dedicated to improving our standards and processes to attract and guide development to meet community goals.
  • Professional Planner for over 20 years:
    • Consultant to Cities, Counties and Developers
    • Policy and Ordinance Development
    • Development Project Review and Approvals
    • Comprehensive Plans
    • Design Guidelines
    • Environmental Regulations
    • Hundreds of development project reviews and public meetings
  • Active in many professional organizations and committees:
    • Past Director San Diego American Planning Association (SDAPA)
    • SANDAG Regional Plan Public Health Stakeholders Group
    • Complete Streets Task Force – SDAPA/Walk San Diego
    • ULI Smart Growth Awards Committee
    • City of SD Technical Advisory Committee
    • City of SD Code Monitoring Team
    • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)


Core Business:

Cameron GharabiklouCameron Gharabiklou

I am a long-time business owner and former resident of Downtown San Diego. Since 2009, I have operated my law practice Downtown because it offers me and my clients access to a vibrant and thriving community. I care about the issues that our Downtown community face, including development, transportation, commerce and safety, amongst others. I believe I can be a strong contributor to the DCPC and hope to gain your support in my campaign. Thank you for the opportunity.


East Village South Resident:

Robert Weichelt picRobert Weichelt

Since 1986, Robert has served in virtually every capacity of the Real Estate industry – as a Title Account Executive, Mortgage Banker, and Real Estate Broker. Robert Weichelt ~ Broker / CEO of Weichelt Real Estate Services, is your partner in San Diego Real Estate. He prides himself on his knowledge, honesty and professionalism. He utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed his client’s expectations. More importantly, he listens to his client’s needs, finding solutions that are tailored to them. He is highly motivated with the goal of providing the best service available in the industry as well as a Board of Director for the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS.

Robert is active in his community, holding Board of Director’s positions with the East Village Residents Group “EVRG” and East Village Association “EVA”. He is also an active elected member of the Downtown Community Planning Council “DCPC” & Downtown Parking Management Group “DPMG”.

Robert and his wife Carla have been married since 1990, both born and raised here in beautiful San Diego, and have two children, a daughter Brittney and son Brandon.


Horton-Gaslamp, Business

Cindy BlairCindy Blair

Cindy Blair, AIA, LEED AP and Urban Project Services principal, has been a downtown resident and business owner in the Marina District since 1982. A DCPC member since 2010, she served as Secretary for 4 years, Chairman of Pre-Design Subcommittee, and currently Chairman of the Public Spaces Subcommittee. A licensed professional architect and LEED accredited professional, she has worked in the architectural and development industry for 35 years, including many aspects in the commercial area but particularly urban mixed use, retail, and university projects. Owner/operators of Kansas City Barbeque, she and her husband enjoy walking the downtown and waterfront area, partaking of the great variety of downtown restaurants and businesses.

Active in downtown affairs, Cindy also serves on the Gaslamp Quarter Association Board and the Gaslamp Quarter Heritage Foundation Land Use and Planning committee. She strives for maintaining those qualities that make downtown a safe, enjoyable, and active and friendly place to live and do business.


Little Italy Resident:

Tom Cervello

tom cervelloOriginally from Youngstown Ohio, Tom Cervello has lived in Southern California for over two decades and has been an active member of the Little Italy San Diego community for 7 years. He is licensed Realtor® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties with over 10 years of experience in residential real estate, spanning from Los Angeles and Orange County to San Diego.  A Little Italy Association Board Member serving on several committees, he is a devoted representative on behalf of its members and his neighbors’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion, and economic development while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the neighborhood. He is an active participant and advocate for a number of community, charitable and non- profit organizations.


The following seats are contested:

At Large: (4 candidates)

Jon Baker picJon Alan Baker, FAIA, LEED AP
Partner, BakerNowicki Design Studio, LLP

Specializing in the design of educational, civic, medical, commercial and long term care facilities Jon’s professional  experience covers 30+ years of professional practice. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, holds an NCARB certificate and is licensed to practice architecture in 10 states.

Mr. Baker has been active participant on many community, civic and professional boards:

Regulatory & Professional:

  • California Architects Board, President
    Gubernatorial appointee 2005–Present
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
    Board Member 2010-2012, Regional Chair 2007-2010,
    ARE Task Force Chair 2014-Present
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    AIA San Diego, Board Member 1987-1995, Board President 1995
    AIA California Council, Board Member 1994-1996
    AIA College of Fellows Inductee 2009

Civic & Community:

  • DCPC
    Marina district Resident Owner Representative 2014-2015
  • Pinnacle Marina Tower Home Owners Assn., President
    Board Member 2012-Present
  • Poway Unified School District Educational Foundation
    Board Member 2003-2015
  • Downtown San Diego Partnership
    Planning Committee Member 2011-Present
  • Jr. Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Counties
    Board Member 2007-2011



jon gordonJon Gordon

Jon Gordon is a licensed attorney and real estate broker in the State of California. He works at Sweet 100 LLC, a private investment firm focused on investing in the restaurant industry and foreign capital investment. Mr. Gordon is originally from Sacramento, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Gordon has lived in East Village for over seven years since moving to San Diego and is an East Village member and resident. Mr. Gordon is very active in East Village, serving several nonprofit functions as the Vice Chair of the East Village Community Foundation and as a Board Member of the East Village Association, where he is the Co-Chair of the EVA Community Issues Committee and serves on both the EVA Special Events Committee and EVA Pre-Design Committee.

Mr. Gordon has served on the Downtown Community Planning Council since October 2015 and is a member of the Pre-Design Committee.



Genn CraneGenny Crane

Genny Crane is the Executive Director representing Residence for Patriots Services Foundation (R4P), a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is ‘Bring community back to our heroic patriots & hopeless Americans throughout the streets & neighborhoods of the US. Provide solutions to recover security through economic and personal restoration while proving that the foundation for which we stand; still stands!’

Genny grew up in San Diego and is passionate about her city in keeping it “America’s Finest City.” She offers a high level of professionalism that has been earned through her 20 years experience in communications, strategic alliances, and business ownership to the financial, investment, and real estate housing industries.

As a partner in a minority fund that purchased hundreds of distressed assets throughout neighborhoods across the nation, Genny was lead to her current path where she believes she is living out her purpose in life; standing up for the rights and happiness of all people. In addition to rehabilitating run down homes, R4P participated in repurposing an abandoned building that currently provides housing, meals, counseling, and creates jobs for hundreds of deprived men and women who are recovering from a devastation or were homeless.

With this, Genny envisions offering similar social solutions; yet unique to downtown’s current homeless epidemic where a substantial portion of the constituents that R4P serves reside. She looks forward to enhancing lives while simultaneously supporting the betterment of businesses, homeowners, and the development of Downtown San Diego.



Ashley RodriguezAshley Rodriguez

Ashley Rodriguez is the Development Coordinator for the Center on Policy Initiatives, utilizing her extensive experience in grants management, social media, community engagement and event planning to fundraise in support of economic and social justice issues in the region.

Ashley currently servies as Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, as well as the Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego (YNPNsd). She is a 2016 fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance and also a member of Run Women Run.

Ashley graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution, and double minored in Spanish and Women’s Studies. She recently completed her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys taking her dogs on walks around downtown, local craft beer, anything with bacon, the occasional Netflix binge or a good mystery book.


Community Organization: (2 candidates)

Monica Ball picMonica Ball

Monica Ball has lived or worked in Downtown throughout her 37 years in San Diego. She believes a thriving urban core is vital to the health of any metropolitan area and dedicates time and resources to promoting and protecting that in San Diego. Serving others has been her primary motivation from the early days of managing for Nordstrom Horton Plaza to current real estate sales for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. She loves the vibrancy of urban life and encourages active civic engagement for all.

Her key issue for Downtown and the Region is real answers addressing Homelessness. Monica worked as a 25 Cities Design Team Member, currently serves on the Coordinated Assessment Housing Placement (CAHP) Advisory for the Regional Continuum of Care and believes a functional, flexible program to address all shelter related services is within reach.

She has served as DCPC Charitable Organization Representative since 2011. Monica volunteers at street level and in leadership roles with multiple Downtown organizations, PATH & Neil Good Day Center homeless shelters, Washington Elementary & e3 High School, STAR/PAL, Downtown Fellowship and the New Central Library. She is a Board Member of UPLIFT, a 29 year old Downtown outreach and past President of Downtown Kiwanis Foundation. Maximizing all available resources and facilitating collaboration between groups is a priority to her. She believes working as a team is essential to address our challenges of literacy, poverty, mental health, homelessness, housing and employment.

She also enjoys travel with her husband and loves spending time with their children, grandchildren and friends.



andy hanshawAndy Hanshaw

Andy Hanshaw is the Executive Director of The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, a 501c3 non-profit organization. He is also the Event Director for the annual Bike the Bay Community Bike Ride.

He has worked in San Diego for the past 14 years in the areas of community/business development and fund raising. Prior to his current role, he worked with two downtown business improvement districts (BIDS) in Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR and served as Executive Director of the Pacific Beach BID in San Diego, CA.

As an avid cyclist and bicycle advocate, he is actively involved in bicycling education for children and adults, bicycle advocacy and the promotion of local bicycling and active transportation efforts.

Andy and his wife Sandy own and operate The Wine Pub, a local, bike and dog friendly wine bar and restaurant located in Point Loma.


MPA, 2005 Master of Public Administration, Portland State University

B.S., 1987, Communication, Arizona State University


Chair, City of San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee

Member, National Bicycle Tourism Board

Member, San Diego Business Improvement District Foundation Board

Member, Arizona State University National Alumni Council


Columbia Resident: (3 candidates)

Sue Yezzi

My husband Steve Kohn and I have lived in Downtown San Diego since 2008. We love living downtown at the Electra building and we are avid walkers for exercise, errands and entertainment. I am very interested in joining the DCPC either as resident of Columbia District or as a member at large.

The living quality for downtown San Diego is very important to me. As I walk many if not most streets, I see opportunities for improvements. In addition as the DCPC makes key planning and development decisions, residents are a key constituent to represent that point of view.

I am currently a Telecommunications Solution Executive with IBM with over 30 years of business experience. In addition, as a former Corporate executive (Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer) with major businesses I feel I have an excellent business background with strong listening and communicating skills. I have common sense with a strong analytical yet practical approach to problem-solving. The “big picture” has to be considered when rendering decisions affecting our San Diego Community.

In addition I have the following Community experience:

1. Currently serve on the Electra Board of Directors

2. Current Secretary – Electra CC&R (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) Committee from inception July 2014 – purpose to re-write where necessary Electra CC&Rs to remove contradictory and ambiguous terms.

3. Current Chairperson – Electra Rules and Regulations Committee established Dec. 2011. Significant Handbook re-write accomplished and on-going activity handled by committee as required.

4. Current Member of Electra EVCS (Electric Vehicle Charging System) committee looking for best way to manage the need to accommodate electric cars going forward. Recommendations made to the Board.

5. Advisor to Board of Directors of the Villager Pond Condominium Association in Darien, CT. Participated in several special committees for Community improvements.

6. Vice President and Secretary of the Darien Connecticut YMCA to bring affordable physical fitness programs to the residents of Darien.

7. Founder and Officer of Oyster Bay Youth Soccer Club serving over 500 youths.

8. Founder and Elected President/Chairperson of the Noroton Heights Depot Board of Directors (alcohol-free and drug-free activity center for teens)


Jolene Caughey

Hello my name is Jolene Caughey, and I am running for as a Resident Representative for the 2016 year Downtown Community Planning Council as a Resident of the Columbia District. I have lived in the Columbia District since 2012. However, I have, in many ways, considered myself a resident for many decades as my family chose to vacation here regularly for over 40 years. We have had the pleasure of watching the City evolve into the “jewel” that it has become. What a magnificent evolution!

2009 brought retirement after 35 years of service as a teacher, and then administration. My roles as a School Principal for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Los Angeles County Office of Education provided endless opportunities to serve Special Needs Children and their families.

With my experience as a School Principal, I know I can bring to the DCPC tried and true qualities that demonstrate expertise in leadership, effective communication, inspiration, and motivation. I know that these strengths lead to long lasting beneficial results. I have the backbone and track record of making and following through with difficult decisions. I am dedicated to solid accountability. Additionally, my determination to identify concerns, will flexibly incorporate my co-members’ input as we work together to seek viable solutions to the issues that we face. My mission, once elected, is to work toward helping to improve and enrich the quality of life for all the residents and visitors of our Downtown Community.

We San Diegans share in one of the most beautiful spots on the West Coast with its perfect climate, friendly inhabitants, and spectacular tourist destinations. We are stewards to the place we call home, and that brings responsibility. Therefore we need to maintain and preserve this natural beauty for future generations. I would bring a balance of open heartedness and generosity making safety and local freedom a priority in order to preserve our local “gem” that we are blessed to call home.

We can accomplish these goals by listening to the needs of our residents of this community, while weighing the practicality of all solutions. Being aware of fiscal consequences and maintaining a safe, healthy environment for our visitors and locals alike are primary concerns that must not be taken lightly. I will work toward our common goals for the betterment of Downtown San Diego. Retired, I would work tirelessly to help make these goals a reality.


JD Wessling

Since moving to downtown San Diego in 2013, I’ve been interested in downtown development, transportation, safety, and general quality of life. As an indication of my interest in San Diego and downtown, I attend SANDAG planning meetings as well as workshops and meetings sponsored by Civic San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Plan.

I currently serve on my HOA Board as Treasurer and serve on two committees. Before retiring I held the position of Chief Financial Officer of NYSE natural gas utility in Seattle, WA. After retirement my wife and I served in the Peace Corps in Moldova, Eastern Europe. Upon returning from Moldova, I served on the citizen council for the Seattle area light rail development and operation (Sound Transit), I was on the board of the Municipal League of King County an organization dedicated to accountability of government offices. I also was board member and treasurer of the Pike Place Market Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports housing and services for low-income area residents.

I have a definite interest in participating in San Diego planning activities and I’m confident I can make a positive contribution.


Marina Resident Owner/Resident: (2 open seats)

Debbie HerscovitzDebbie Herscovitz

They say find out what your passion is and do it! My passion IS real estate…….and finally after an extensive career selling in the high tech industry of Silicon Valley I’m finally doing what I always wanted to do. Having been born and raised on the East Coast (a great place to be from!) I ventured West following friends and the good weather to Northern California where I spent 28 years honing my sales skills in the semiconductor industry. A move in 2002 to even better weather and California’s second largest city, San Diego, I’m pursuing my second career and my dream……..I became a Realtor. Downtown San Diego is where I live, work and play……where else can you work, dine, shop, play (sports, boating, etc.) and never have to get in your car? This is such a vibrant city, still in its infant stages of growth and it’s wonderful to be part of such a captivating place! I’m looking forward to being on this committee and being involved in the Downtown communities and their future.


Ann Potter

I am a full time, Owner Resident Occupant, who has lived in the Marina District for 5 years.  I live in the Atria complex and serve on the HOA Board.   I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by profession and value public service and public engagement.  I would be excited and honored to serve on the DCPC.

Empty seats with no candidates (qualified write-ins are allowed):

  • Columbia Business
  • Core Resident
  • Cortez Resident
  • East Village North, Residential Owner