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Swartz, Steven

  • Departments:General Government
  • Divisions:City Council
  • Title:Council Member
  • Phone:(949) 361-8322
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SwartzTerm Expires: November 2020

Steve has served as a member of and President of the Flora Vista Home Owners Association, served as a member and Chairman of the San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, served as an original member of San Clemente’s Coastal Advisory Committee and have been a member of and served as President of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary.

Steve was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from Carson High School, played football for EI Camino College and enlisted in the Air Force during Vietnam. He has over 45 years of experience in the financial/banking industry and owned a business in San Clemente since 1989 and a home in Forster Ranch since 1993. He lives there with his wife Nicki and son Kyle.

After military service he entered banking, progressed to bank manager and then went into equipment lease/finance, starting his own leasing firm in the mid-seventies. He entered the surety industry in the 80’s, starting South Coast Surety in San Clemente in 1995.

Over the years, Steve built his company into a national surety agency that supports thousands of insurance brokers and direct accounts across the country. As a surety underwriter, Steve daily evaluates public works contracts, budgets and contractor financial statements. Steve has been a pioneer in creating a wide spectrum of surety programs specifically tailored towards small to medium contractors bidding on public works projects of all types. He has been a national industry speaker on bonding and supply/install and service contracting that support federal, state, county, city and school services and facilities.

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How Can I Contact The City Council?

You may contact the City Council at (949) 361-8322 during regular business hours. Emails to the City Council are also welcomed and are monitored on a regular basis.

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Kathy Ward | Tim Brown | Chris Hamm | Lori Donchak | Steve Swartz

How can I express my opinion on an upcoming Council agenda item?

All interested persons are invited to attend Council meetings to express their views verbally, or to submit written communications to the City Council to express their opinions for or against the agenda item.

I want to speak at a City Council Meeting. What do I do?

Members of the public may address the City Council on matters within the jurisdiction of the City of San Clemente, regardless of whether or not the item appears on the meeting agenda.  When you arrive at the Council Chambers, please complete a “City Council Meeting Speaker Card", that is located at the entrance to the Chambers, and submit it to the City Clerk. When the Mayor calls your name, please step to the podium, and state your name and city of residence.  Speakers are allocated three minutes in which to express their views.

How can I present ideas and address issues to the City Council?

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When and where does Council meet?

The City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers.  Closed Session items are considered at 5:00 p.m., with the public business session commencing at 6:00 p.m. Changes to this schedule, and additional meetings which may be scheduled, are publicly noticed. Meetings are telecast live on Channel 854 and are rebroadcast the following Saturday at 12:00 noon and on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  Click here for a Map to City Hall

Who is on the City Council and how are the positions filled?

The City Council consists of five members, elected at-large, for four-year overlapping terms of office. Non-partisan City elections are held in November of even-numbered years for Council Members.  At the top of this page is a list of our current City Council Members.

How can I obtain an agenda, administrative report, or minutes of the City Council Meetings?

Agendas, agenda packets and minutes are available on line from the City's website.  Agendas are normally available by the Wednesday before the next Council meeting.  You may utilize the following links to access Council agendas, agenda packets and minutes.
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The above Councilmembers are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's Department. Mark Taylor, City Treasurer, is also an elected officer identified in Government Code Section 87200.  Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by these officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's Department is 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, California 92672.  The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.fppc.ca.gov.