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City of Pacific GroveCandidate for City Council

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Steven Lilley

Retired Health Administrator
1,979 votes (10.74%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance Pacific Grove’s livability. I will work to provide city services our residents expect, fund delayed infrastructure improvements, enact a cell tower ordinance, implement the City’s housing plan, and complete a coastal plan.
  • Develop a Downtown Plan. I will work to evaluate and enhance parking capacity for business patrons and employees develop commercial architectural standards, promote housing in upper building floors, and define and implement beautification measures.
  • Manage the City budget. I will propose monthly budget review, insist on value for our tax dollars; hold the line on unsustainable budget increases; and consider new funding opportunities.



Profession:Retired Health Administrator
Member, Pacific Grove City Planning Commission — Appointed position (2017–current)
Area Vice President/Director, Business Development & Marketing, Sutter Health (2003–2017)
Vice President, Business Development, Catholic Healthcare West (2001–2003)
Member, Medford (Oregon) City Planning Commission — Appointed position (1999–2001)
Vice President, Strategic Services & Marketing, Asante Health System (1994–2000)
Manager, Finance, Blue Cross of California (1993–1994)
Director, Acquisition and Development, National Medical Enterprises (1980–1993)


University of Southern California Master of Public Administration, Health care services (1982)
University of California, Davis B.S., Biochemistry (1970)

Community Activities

Volunteer Guide, Monterey Bay Aquarium (2013–current)
Member, Ad hoc committee that successfully proposed location and funding for new highway interchange later completed on Interstate 5 in Medford, Oregon. (1998–1998)
Deacon Board, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Medford, Oregon (1996–1998)


I am a retired health administrator with extensive experience in decision making, regulatory affairs, planning, and finance.  I have been married for 43 years and have three children and four grandchildren. 

Born and reared in Southern California, I graduated from U.C. Davis and then served in the Army Ordnance Corps.  In 1972, I moved to the Salinas area as a staff member of a regional health planning agency reponsible for regulating hospital construction.  Later, I received a masters degree in public adminstration from the University of Southern California.

My wife Miriam and I, as newly weds, first came to Pacific Grove in 1975.  We started our family here, but left in 1979 as I pursued career opportunities in health administration.  That took us to Los Angeles, Oregon, and the Central Valley.  In 2010, thinking ahead to retirement, we returned because we always considered Pacific Grove to be home. 

In nearly 40 years in industry, I worked for some of the largest hospital organizations in the country and eventually reached the senior management level.  I developed knowledge in such areas as strategy, planning, finance, governance, marketing, and community relations.  During my career, I often served as a project leader responsible for development of new hospital, medical clinic, and outpatient facility projects.  Those efforts required extensive interaction with state and local regulatory authorities in order to achieve project approval.  Some notable examples of projects I was involved with include the Sutter Health Stockton campus, Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, Oregon, and San Ramon Regional Medical Center. 

Over the years I have served in various committees, boards, and commissions.  Currently, I am a member of the Pacific Grove Planning Commission and a volunteer guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  As a Planning Commission member, I strive to thoroughly prepare for each agenda item and draw no final conclusions until I hear from everyone at the public hearing.  Communication and research are skills that elected representatives must have to make decisions that impact our community.  I believe my background in industry and government has given me those skills and would be honored to serve the citizens of Pacific Grove on the City Council.

I ask for your vote on November 8.




Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a candidate for City Council because leadership matters.  Leadership matters if we are to continue to provide the services our residents deserve and expect, to manage the budget, and to make the hard choices often needed to govern our city.  Leadership also requires problem solving:  listening to people, framing issues, identifying and analyzing options, and making decisions for the greater good.   

While Pacific Grove has made progress in recent years, more remains to be done.  We need to continue to fund public safety services, streets and parks, the library and museum.  We also must address such issues as promoting our downtown area, protecting our coastline, resolving the water shortage problem, developing a cell tower ordinance, and regulating short-term rental properties.

Resolution of those issues requires that we reach out so that all are heard, knowing that it takes a community working together to achieve the most effective, lasting results.  Those efforts also require that we insist on transparency and open government processes.

If elected to the City Council, I will be committed to listening to different points of view, to thorough review and analysis of issues, and to thoughtful, fair decision-making.  

I ask for your vote on November 8th.

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