Party affiliation: Democrat
Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, 1976. Juris Doctor, Western State University College Law, Fullerton, 1995. Graduate National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard University Kennedy School Government.
Degree (honorary), Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.
Owner office equipment business, Westminster, California, 1978—1992. Attorney Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Huntington Beach. Mayor City of Huntington Beach, since 2007.
Member Huntington Beach City Council, since 2000. Regional council member Southern California Association Government's, chair energy & environmental committee. President Orange County division League California Cities, chair administrative policies committee.
Chair Orange County Parks Commission. Member borders committee San Diego Association Government's. Board directors Association Study of Peak Oil & Gas, Post Carbon Institute.