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Mayor Clyde Roberson
Councilmember Timothy Barrett
Vice Mayor Libby Downey
Councilmember Alan Haffa
Councilmember Ed Smith
Elected November, 2014 - Term expires November, 2016
Born in Oakland, California, Clyde Roberson started his teaching career in 1968. He graduated from college with honors, majoring in political science. His hobbies include hiking, biking, gardening, writing humorous poems about his years in the classroom, and volunteering at Bay View School.
He was privileged to teach in Monterey for 35 years, retiring in 2003. Among many highlights was teaching children of former students, and working with outstanding colleagues, parents, and community. He and his wife, Dottie, were fortunate to raise their children in Monterey where they attended local schools. Their grandchildren also go to school here.
Clyde was honored to serve 20 years on the Monterey City Council, including two terms as mayor, as well as four years on the Library Board. He started the Monterey Sports Center after his students and the residents repeatedly wrote that the city needed an indoor swimming facility, gymnasium, and exercise facilities. It was paid for when the doors opened.
He also started the Neighborhood Improvement Program which has poured $56 million since 1985 into residential streets, storm drains, sewers, parks, and various city wide projects.
He also created the Historic Preservation and Cultural Arts Commissions. He initiated the hotel moratorium to stop over-development of our coastline.
Working with the people of Monterey, he helped to form neighborhood associations, develop the Window-on-the-Bay and Recreational Trail, worked to keep the DLI and Naval Postgraduate School here, balance city budgets, establish parks and recreation facilities, and support local business.
Certain goals were always top priorities for him: protecting our quality of life, listening to citizens, keeping Monterey safe and solvent, providing services to residents, and preserving our natural and historical beauty. He is committed to fixing the city’s aging infrastructure and retaining Monterey’s small town feeling.
A CONA newsletter stated: “With unfailing support for neighborhood issues…and a visionary’s ability to solve problems with innovative solutions, Clyde has never ceased to support this and every other neighborhood in the City of Monterey.”
Elected November, 2014 - Term expires November, 2018
Small business owner, Timothy Barrett, has lived in Monterey for 31 years. He is known for his ability to get diverse groups of people working together to make life better for those with special challenges. He’s worked with many local nonprofit organizations and participated in a broad spectrum of civic activities. His
‘roll up your sleeves’
style made him the
guy for getting things done in the community. He was a founding board member of the Walk and Roll Foundation, which was established to assist those with spinal cord injuries. He was two-time chair of the Monterey Bay Chapter of CATESOL, a teachers association that focuses on ongoing training and development, and he was chair of the MPC Symposium Working Group, which initiated a regional community of action in regard to homelessness and poverty.
His business which is called
Digital Streaming Network
offers quality media production and strategic digital asset management services to public relations campaigns. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a Master’s degree in Instructional Science and Technology and a teaching certificate but acknowledges his real education came from working with people.
The fourth of five sons born to Donna June and Lawrence Vernon Barrett, aka Pete, Timothy was raised in a home that embraced the strong values of a solid 70 year old family business. That upbringing gave him an understanding of the systems of business, and also the requirements on business people to perform day in and day out to meet the needs of their businesses.
Timothy has also worked in education as instructor and academic coordinator. His experience in university level education helped him to understand the value of group work and to develop the interpersonal skills needed to function successfully in committees. As an educator, Timothy has been an innovator by initiating a number of programs, a process that often requires defining common goals among departments and institutions with varying ideologies.
Timothy’s business is an art form that grows from his belief that artful presentation has the power to raise awareness and to stimulate communities of interest into action. Most recently, he has presented as one of a trio of artists that produced an exhibition known as
“Inherent Worth and Dignity: A series of living portraits.”
The purpose of the exhibition, which features Timothy’s video interviews with homeless men, is to raise funds to continue the IHELP emergency food and shelter program which feeds, houses and provides support to homeless men who are transitioning back into housed and productive lives. The exhibition debuted at the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel and embarked on a series of showings throughout the country. It has also been produced in the form of a book in which the multimedia component is triggered on handheld devices by the images within the book. As an artist, Timothy has presented at venues including The Monterey Museum of Art - La Mirada, The Cherry Center in Carmel and Monterey Peninsula College’s Gentrain Lectures series. Timothy is honored to have received first place recognition as an independent producer by the Alliance for Community Media during a nationwide competition in 2010.
Elected November, 2004 - Term expires November, 2016
Elizabeth "Libby" Downey was born in High Point, North Carolina on March 17, 1938. Libby graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into Valkyries (Mortar Board Honor Society equivalent). She married Wayne Downey in 1962 and has lived in Monterey since 1963. They have three adult children: Scott, Heath, and Paige.
Visiting Nurse Association Coordinator Staff Development
Monterey County Superior Court Appointee
Conservator of the Person
Monterey County Health Department Public Health Nurse
Lyceum of Monterey County, Executive Director
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)
Staff Nurse, Oncology
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Adult School Instructor
School Nurse, Elementary & High School
San Jose Hospital School of Nursing, Nursing Instructor
University of Colorado Medical Center Staff Nurse- Intensive Care
Camp Kieve, Nobleboro, Maine, Camp Nurse
Community Service Experience:
Seaside Groundwater Basin Water Master Board
2015 - present
Rotary Club of Monterey
2007 - present
2012 - 2014
Regional Taxi Authority, Board of Directors
2010 - present
2012 - present
2012 - 2014
Monterey Regional Water Authority
2015 - present
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency
2008 - present
2008 - 2012
City of Monterey Vice-Mayor
2008, 2012, 2016
2004 - present
Monterey Regional Waste Management District
2006 - present
Member of Litter Abatement Task Force
2005 - present
2014 - present
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
2nd Vice President
1st Vice President
2005 - 2012
2007 - 2008
2008 - 2009
2005 - present
2013 - 2014
2014 - present
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
2005 - 2010
League of California Cities
Vice President (Regional Branch)
2004 - present
2008 - 2009
Hospice Foundation of the Central Coast
1995 - 2001
2000 - 2001
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation
City of Monterey Parks and Recreation Commission
1981 - 2004
1988 - 1989, 2004
Visiting Nurse Association, Board of Directors
1982 - 1986
Carmel Presbyterian Church Trustee
1980 - 1984
Junior League of Monterey County
1969 - 1981
1977 - 1978
American Junior League Western Area Council
1978 - 1979
Monterey County Grand Jury
1979 - 1980
Family Service Agency of Monterey
1977 - 1981
1980 - 1981
Planned Parenthood of Monterey
1973 - 1978
Elected December, 2012 - Term expires November, 2016
Alan Haffa learned about leadership and service as an Eagle Scout. He met his future wife, Arlene Haffa, when both of them worked as Camp Counselors at Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Arlene and Alan have been married 26 years and have two children, Ben and Elizabeth, both graduates of Monterey High School. When the family moved to Monterey in 2003, Haffa wanted to help out in the community. He joined the Kiwanis Club of Monterey, and he and Arlene helped out at the High School by writing a grant for the Band Boosters to replace the piano, and helped reinvigorate the Cross-Country Booster club.
In 2004, the local school district, MPUSD, was divided and lacking direction. When one of the board members stepped down, Haffa stepped up. He stood with the board members who questioned the district consultants, who were recommending 11 new schools in the former Fort Ord. Haffa and the board majority questioned where the new residents would work and how many children they would have. Their skepticism was well founded, as the housing bubble burst and none of the new construction materialized. Had the district sold bonds to build all those schools, the district would be in debt today and would have had to close schools in Monterey. The leadership that Haffa displayed, questioning out of state consultants and corporations to protect the students and citizens, is the kind of leadership and independence he will bring to the city council.
Haffa was proud to work with local parents and volunteers who wanted to remodel Dan Albert Football Field. When the football booster club and other supporters asked the board to show commitment and leadership by allocating $200,000 toward the football field renovation, Haffa voted "yes." The boosters were then able to raise the remaining money and today the field is a testimony to what our community can do when dedicated citizens and supportive public servants work together.
In addition to his community service, Haffa has taught at Monterey Peninsula College and directed the Gentrain Program, an interdisciplinary, team taught course in civilization. At MPC he has served on the Faculty Senate and for the past two years he has been co-chair of the College Council, which is the highest advisory board to the college president. Haffa has also fought for lifelong learning at the college, and in 2011 he was the MPCTA faculty union co-negotiator. Haffa and his faculty colleagues negotiated a two percent salary cut in recognition of the desperate financial situation of the state and as sign of good faith and commitment to the long term viability of the college.
Haffa says: "One of my natural skills is helping to bring a group to consensus. If you can find a solution that works for everyone, where everyone wins, that is a better solution than where one party wins and the other loses. But if a spirit of reason and compromise are not met half way, I will ask the tough questions and I will stand up for what is right."
Elected November, 2014- Term expires November, 2018
Ed was born at the old Carmel Hospital, raised on the Monterey Peninsula, and attended local schools, graduating from Pacific Grove High in 1971. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharron, who graduated from Monterey High School, also in 1971. They recently celebrated 41 years of marriage.
His parents, originally from Georgia, fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula when his father was stationed at Fort Ord with the U.S. Army. They settled their family here in 1945 after WWII ended. Ed has one younger brother, Doug, who served in the U.S. Army. His older brother, Phillip, also served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1969.
After graduating from Monterey Peninsula College in 1973, Ed and Sharron were married and departed for college. He graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1975. After several years, Ed returned to college at Golden Gate University, attending night school to work on his Masters Degree. He graduated in 1983 with a Master’s of Public Administration in Federal, State & Urban Governance.
Ed and Sharron have two adult children — daughter, Amy Baj (married to Chris), lives in Florida where she is a Public Relations Director for Dell; and son, Peter finished serving in the U.S. Army in 2013 and currently is a full time student at Wichita State in Kansas. They have two grandchildren, Liam Smith, five-years-old, and Hadley Baj, 5-months-old.
Ed started his exciting law enforcement career beginning with the Seaside Police Department in 1976. In 1980 Ed transferred to the Monterey Police Department and rose through the ranks serving as a police officer, field training officer, detective, and as a police Sergeant serving in every division within the department as a supervisor. Ed was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2003 and retired from Monterey in 2006.
After a brief retirement Ed returned to duty in 2007 with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department in Riverside County, and retired in 2011 as a Division Commander. During Ed’s police career he served five different police chiefs and served for a total of 34 years.
Ed’s Service, Community, and Leadership
Co-owner On Base Leadership Training and organizational leadership consulting
Formerly owned and operated a retail business in Monterey, est. 1991, sold in 1998
Past board member of a community church & past board member of a private school
Past president of the Monterey Police Officers Association
Experienced with special events, project management, construction & technology
Former part-time Instructor at MPC Police Academy and State of California Peace Officers Standards & Training, (P.O.S.T.) in supervisory and leadership courses
Volunteer team captain for AT&T and 1st Tee tournaments
Member of Rotary Club of Cannery Row, vocation chair
Member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, education committee
Education / Training
Pacific Grove High School Graduate 1971
Monterey Peninsula College, Associates of Science Degree 1973
California State University Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Crim. Justice 1975
Golden Gate University, MPA in Federal, State and Urban Governances 1983
Police Academy, Supervisory and Management P.O.S.T Certificates
State of California Life-Time Teaching Credential
Monterey Peninsula Leadership graduate
Interests / Hobbies
Family time, gardening, good movies
Reading: world history, modern leadership & organizational management
Remodeling and home improvement - power tools!!
Golf, football (49ers) and baseball (Giants)