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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

City of AtascaderoCandidate for City Council

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Mark Dariz

Architect/Planning Commissioner
6,170 votes (24.91%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economic Development - It is vitally important to building our economy by bringing in new business, shopping and dining experiences and head of house jobs
  • Affordable housing - We need to incentivize the development of affordable housing. We need to think outside the box for affordable by design and think vertical where possible.
  • Homeless crisis - outreach, programs and facilities. Continue working with our neighboring cities to reach out to our homeless that may not be aware of existing programs. Work to provide a Transitional Food and Shelter facility



Education and Qualifications: I earned my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, SLO in 1996 and have been employed in this field since. I was appointed to the Atascadero Planning Commission in 2011 and elected Chairperson in 2015 and 2020. I’ve also served on the City’s Design Review Committee and the County’s Regional Transportation Advisory Committee.

California Licensed Architect

Married 29 years, wife Sue

Two children – Amanda 25, CJ 19

Moved to the Central coast in 1991

Earned Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly SLO in 1996

Moved to Atascadero in 2003

Practiced architecture in Atascadero for 17 years

Planning commission 2011 to present (Chairperson 2015 & 2020)

Atascadero City’s Design review Committee 2013 to present

Regional Transit Access Committee 2013 to present

Atascadero Kiwanis Club (President 2015-2016) (Treasurer 2016 to present)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a Councilmember I will:


Model open and transparent public communication and work cohesively and respectfully with my Council colleagues, city leaders and our residents.


Work with other community leaders to bring jobs and business to Atascadero to further enhance our economy and maintain our infrastructure.  I will work vigorously to see that head of household jobs are brought to our community.  This community’s economic development is vital especially during these difficult times and the future we are facing.


Use my experience as an architect and Planning Commissioner to help guide development in a direction to strengthen the well-being, history and economy of our City.  A well designed and planned city can greatly enhance the efforts towards economic development.

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