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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

City of Pismo BeachCandidate for Mayor

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Ed Waage

3,192 votes (59.67%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build a new fire station downtown so our firefighters can respond much quicker to emergencies and continue efforts to protect us from wildfire
  • Continue leading efforts on our Central Coast Blue water recycling project to prepare for the next drought and protect our groundwater basin
  • Push forward on design and construction of a downtown parkign structure to expand parking and alleviate traffic congestion



Profession:Mayor and retired Emergency Services Professional
Mayor, City of Pismo Beach — Elected position (2016–current)
Chair, Coastal Cities Group, League of California Cities — Appointed position (2019–current)
Council Member, City of Pismo Beach — Elected position (2008–2016)
Planning Commission, City of Pismo Beach — Appointed position (2006–2008)
Senior Engineer, Emergency and Response Centre, United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (2005–2005)
Head Corporate and Offsite Response Diablo Canyon Power Plant, PG&E (1981–2000)
Head, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Illinois Emergency Servicesand Disaster Agency (1975–1981)
Assistant Professor, Illinois State University (1970–1975)


University of Washinton PhD, Chemistry (1970)
Reed College BA, Chemistry (1964)

Community Activities

Board member and 2nd Vice President, San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council (2008–current)
Chair Coastal Cities Group, League of California Cities (2019–2020)
Board, Executive Committee and Chair of South County Advisory Committee, SLO YMCA (2009–2016)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Tribune

Organizations (1)

  • Cal Fire Local 2881

Elected Officials (1)

  • Jordan Cunningham

Individuals (1)

  • Effie McDermott

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Ed Waage:

As a Mayor of a small city, I have not considered how I might help those who been released and seeking to build a new life.

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Ed Waage:

My office does not have the resources to help these individuals.

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