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2020 Voter Guide

Robin Wolf

Robin Wolf
Robin Wolf - San Luis Obispo City Council candidate

San Luis Obispo City Council Member

Website: www.wolfslocouncil2020.com
Facebook: Robin Wolf for SLO City Council
Other: Instagram: @wolfslocouncil
Why are you running for office?: I have long imagined myself serving in local public office in some way. If you had asked me in January if 2020 was the year, I would have laughed. But with everything this year has seen us face, I feel it imperative that we each do our part to fight for the community of SLO and its residents, and for me that fight has brought me to run for City Council.
What makes you qualified for the job?: I was born in San Luis Obispo, and grew up here on the Central Coast. I understand what makes this city amazing and why we all work so hard to live here. My career has taken me to New York City for a decade before my return to SLO nine years ago and the perspective I’ve gained will serve well as we look for creative solutions to the issues our city faces.

San Luis Obispo is a destination community and a tourism economy. The health and economic impact of COVID-19 has been nothing short of devastating on our public facing businesses. With my 2+ decades in the hospitality, tourism and restaurant industry, I have been on the ground since day one of the pandemic, adapting and evolving our business practices weekly if not daily. So many of our local businesses and the residents they employ are facing an uncertain future. We need leadership on council with firsthand practical experience in these industries to fight for those who rely on their success for their livelihood 
What are your two main priorities if you win?: There is no wider reaching priority for our city than economic recovery and sustained success. It is an umbrella issue that includes health and safely, civil rights, housing, and homelessness, and it impossible to view them as completely separate issues. We have never seen a pandemic like this in modern times, and there is no playbook here. We are building this ship as we sail it, and it will take new and creative approaches to support our local businesses and residents as we work toward the future together.
How will you interact with other governments?: I believe that it is essential to collaborate with other local and regional governments on the Central Coast and beyond. The beauty of a Charter City like SLO is that our City Charter empowers us to address local municipal issues that directly affect our SLO residents, and also look toward regionalism for farther reaching topics. In my career I consistently work with other individuals and businesses that may have different viewpoints than mine, but we work towards common goals.
What are your plans to help overcome COVID-19?: I believe in creative problem-solving and looking outside the box for ideas and resources. The best ideas often come when different perspectives can be shared and work toward a common goal. Public/private partnerships will be key moving forward. Our public offices must work with local non-profits, advocacy groups and private businesses to pool all possible resources and experience. Diversity of background, experience, thought, beliefs, and perspective is crucial to the survival and success of our city and its residents moving forward.
Which two issues are most important to you?: We are facing the effects of a pandemic on our health, economy and daily lives in a way never seen before, as well as civil unrest and a fight for racial justice that is more timely than ever. We need City Council members who can look at where we come from, where we are, and find new tools and strategies to fight for a safe and successful future for all residents of SLO.
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