Shawn Gordon is an established leader with a wide and varied set of skills and experiences that make him uniquely qualified to address the interests of the residents and businesses of Rancho Santa Margarita on its City Council:
- RSM resident since 1998
- Software designer, developer and consultant (www.thekompany.com)
- Founder and CEO of SAAV Games, a multi-platform game company that integrates extensive Blockchain technology.
- Founder and President of The Kompany.com a software development company with over 50 commercial products across 5 platforms with strategic partnerships with Motorola, Intel, IBM, Sharp and Nokia. Created the first portable OGG music player.
- Founder and President of Mindawn, a digital music distribution service, the first to provide CD quality audio that was also device and platform independent.
- Founder and President of ProgRock Records, a progressive rock music label with over 120 releases across the world. Negotiating contracts with artists and distribution deals.
- Partner for SleepSound, a smart phone/tablet app that will put you to sleep
- Founder and President of LDS Dimension, a Singles service for members of the LDS church
- Widely published technical writer with nearly 400 articles
- Nominated for Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2016
- Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 600 for 3 years
- Volunteer at RanchoFest/Rocktoberfest/FallFest/Rancho Family Fest since 2013
- Facilities & Financial Advisory Committee Member for Capistrano Unified School District since 2017
- Community Block Grant Public Services Grants Advisory Committee for the city of Rancho Santa Margarita since 2018
Shawn's Campaign Statement
Rancho Santa Margarita is a special place and the place I chose to raise my children. We have had good stewardship since our incorporation, and our founders deserve our thanks and appreciation, but now 20 years on, it is time for a new view and perspective of what we can do in our city to continue to be a leader, far into the future.
The breadth and depth of my experience within many sectors of the business world as a problem solver and my work with government agencies, has provided a unique and solid background for me to serve as your Council member.
As someone that is always called in to fix a critical problem, I'm extremely adept at evaluating a scenario quickly and finding a unique, cost effective solution to that problem. I see a problem as an opportunity to find a solution.
As I talk to people within the town, I hear many complain about a variety of issues, most of which can be solved easily, but those people are flustered by where to start, so that is what I want to do for you. "Let's fix what is bothering you". Some small examples are:
- When is street sweeping?
- Who do you contact for various issues like a dead street light, a dead animal in the road, overgrown plants blocking sidewalks, weeds in sidewalk cracks, etc.
- What can I do about the traffic at Tesoro High?
- How does my teen find a job?
- What's going on with Chiquita Ridge?
Bigger issues entail items such as:
- What is happening with Chiquita Ridge?
- What is going on with the road construction by Tesoro High?
- The growing homeless situation
- Making the city council more accessible to residents for issues
- The looming budget crisis
I am intensely interested in our community as a whole, my primary goals for the City are:
- Making kids a priority - Organize job fairs. Some public/private partnerships to encourage intern programs and on the job training for something other than fast food. There are 1,100 businesses in town. With more kids working and on a career path, they stay out of trouble and have money to spend in town and learn valuable skills.
- Curtailing drugs - There are some serious substance abuse problems in town and this goes with my focus on kids. It is far too easy to procure just about any drug you want and that needs to be addressed.
- Financial security - While our city had done a great job of managing its resources since its founding, the sad reality is that a bankruptcy is looming in the not to distant future if another significant tax source isn’t found, like another car dealership.
I’ve already secured a commitment with a new electric car company to open their first sales facility here in Rancho Santa Margarita when their manufacturing is finalized in the next 18 months.
I moved to Rancho just 3 weeks before my daughter was born. When asked if I'd move, I semi-jokingly tell people that I want the house burnt down over my dead body as a grave site. I want to be here until my last breath.
I have a lot of history with a lot of people in this town, and I hope I can earn your support so I can serve you. I appreciate the service of our city council, but with everyone there currently having been at city hall between 8 and 18 years, it is time for fresh ideas. I respectfully ask for your vote in November.