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Santa Barbara County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Dan B. Secord

Candidate for
County Board of Supervisors; Santa Barbara County; Supervisorial District 2

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A 30 year resident of the Santa Barbara County 2nd District, Dr. Dan Secord and his wife Mary bought their first home in 1970 on Cambridge Drive and Dan practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology at Goleta Valley Hospital.

Dan has been active in politics since medical school and while delivering over 6000 babies he has found the time to serve the people of Santa Barbara on a local, regional and state level. In his 17 years of service as a Harbor Commissioner, Planning Commissioner and a twice-elected member of the Santa Barbara City Council, Dan Secord has earned a reputation as a judicious decision-maker and a voracious researcher.

This thoughtful, independent thinking has been shaped by Dan's varied past as an orphan driven to fend for himself at 15, a soldier in the US Army, and a physician who put himself through college and medical school before establishing a successful Santa Barbara practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been a courageous advocate for women for years, taking a pro-choice position early in his medical career and running volunteer clinics for Planned Parenthood.

Dan is currently is on the Dean's Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB and has an appointment by the governor to the California Coastal Commission where has come to understand the need for protecting and preserving our environmental treasurers. He has quickly earned the respect of his fellow commissioners on both side of the political aisle and has developed good working relationships with county officials up and down the entire state.

Now Dan is running for Supervisor. With a long history of honesty, intelligence and building bi-partisan coalitions, Dr. Dan Secord has the experience and relationships and courage to stand up for the people in the 2nd District.

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • City of Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara City Council 1998-2006
  • Mayor Pro-Tempore 2001 and 2003
  • Chair of Finance Committee
  • Council Representative to BEACON
  • Liaison to ABR, Planning Commission
  • Liaison to two water boards, & the Airport Commission
  • City Planning Commission 1992-1997
  • Harbor Commission Chair 1980-1984
  • Santa Barbara Middle School Board 1993-2000

  • Chair, joint City/County Task Group on Solid Waste
  • Santa Barbara Council of Governments (SBCAG)
  • Air Pollution Control District Board

At the state level
  • California Coastal Commission 2004-present
  • League of California Cities, Environmental Quality Committee
  • League of California Cities, Energy Committee

Education/Military Service

  • U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1955-1958 Honorable Discharge
  • B.A. 1961 University of CA, Riverside (Zoology)
  • M.D. 1965 University of CA, California College of Medicine (UC-Irvine)
  • Rotating internship, Los Angeles County General Hospital 1965
  • Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Los Angeles County 1965-1968
  • Certified Specialist, American Board of Ob/Gyn 1971


  • State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance 1982-1986
  • State of California Medical Quality Review Committee
  • State of California Maternal-Child Health Committee
  • Santa Barbara County Medical Society Board 1983-1986
  • Chair, Dept of Ob/Gyn Cottage Hospital 1977-1979, and 1983-1987 8By-Laws committee 1985-1990
  • Peer Review committee 1990-1995
  • Credentials committee 1988-1994 and 1996-2000
  • Arbitration committee 1975-1977
  • Mediation committee 1975-1988 and 1997-2000
  • Ob /Gyn & Infertility Private Practice, Santa Barbara 1969-2001


  • Small Business Owner, 30 years
  • Founder, Cottage Hospital IPA
  • Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce 1988-1992

Major Public Policy Decisions

  • General Plan/Housing Element Updates (1995 and 2003)
  • General Plan/Circulation Element Update (1995)
  • Harbor Master Plan
  • Economic Development Plan and Implementation Program
  • North of Carrillo Economic Study
  • Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance
  • View Dispute Resolution Ordinance
  • Master Environmental Assessment Update for Cultural/Historic Resources
  • Employee Mortgage Assistance Program: loan program for city employees

Environmental Experience

  • City of Santa Barbara
  • The Council appointed Secord to liaison with 14 Boards & *Commissions including Planning Commission, ABR, Transportation & Circulation.


Dr. Dan has also served on BEACON (agency to nourish beaches), Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (alternate), and the Dean's Council /Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB.

At the state level

  • Secord is a current sitting member of the California Coastal Commission
  • The California League of Cities appointed Secord to their Energy Committee and their Environmental Quality Committee

Environmental Actions

  • Supported protection of the Gaviota coast
  • Supported environmental/restoration elements of Mission Creek flood control project
  • Supported restoration of Sheffield Reservoir land (from a seismically unsafe storage of dubious quality water (serving 1/3 of the City) to a natural habitat park with a bioswales)
  • Supported the creek & water quality Council Goal for years
  • Supported acquisition of the Douglas Family Preserve and the Jesuit park properties as open space
  • Supported goals of the CEC: Impacts of Growth, Smart Growth, the Community Indicator Project, the Watershed resource center & (restoration of Franceschi House)
  • Supported of public transit, electric busses & air quality
  • Supported the urban growth boundary,
  • Supported annexation of the Goleta Valley, which would have provided better municipal services at lower cost, preserved the foothills, & prevented sprawl development.
  • Supported and raised money for measure B
  • Supported the conversion of the NRC to the Maritime Museum
  • Supported creation of the homeless shelter and 300 units of affordable housing (over 10 years)
  • Supported intergovernmental collaboration (County) regarding solid waste re-cycling, not just the State mandate, but the culture of this environmental sensitive community

Restoration and Improvement Projects

  • Downtown/State Street Sidewalks and Landscaping
  • Old Mission Creek/Bohnett Park Restoration
  • Aviation Facilities Plan (Discretionary Local, State and Federal Permits)
  • Lower Mission Creek Flood Control Project
  • San Andres/Micheltorena Street Improvements
  • West Beach Dredging
  • Public Beach access at Mesa Lane Steps & Shoreline Steps
  • Hazardous Waste Facility for households
  • El Estero Wastewater Treatment Facility Co-generation Project
  • Cater Water Treatment Facility
  • Sheffield Reservoir

Regional/Interagency Collaboration

  • SBCAG - Highway 101 Operational Improvements
  • Expansion of Public Transit (Free Bus Passes to Downtown Workers and Electric Shuttles)
  • City/School District Joint Use of Recreational Facilities
  • Inter-agency Relationship Building Task Forces on: Affordable Housing, Homeless Services, Downtown School Site, Recreation Facilities, Clean Water (Creeks and Beaches) and Solid Waste

Community Services and Facilities Projects Supported

  • Cultural Arts Master Planning Process
  • Support for Granada Theatre/Performing Arts Center
  • Clean Creeks (Trash Removal, Street Sweeping and New Catch Basins)
  • Aquatics Complex Feasibility Study
  • Children's Museum Feasibility Study
  • Wild land and Roadside Vegetation Management

Affordable Housing Supported

  • Milagro de Ladera (51 Units for Families)
  • Casa de la Fuentes (42 Units for Downtown Workers)
  • Mercy Housing (170 Units for Seniors and Families)
  • South Voluntario (20 Units for Families)
  • Transition House Expansion
  • Cacique Street Shelter
  • Mental Health Association

Leadership in improving Internal/External Communication

  • Public Access TV Expanded
  • Expanded Coverage of Boards and Commissions
  • Website Enhancements
  • Council Public Information Committee
  • Legislative Committee

Continuing Education

UCSB courses in finance, real estate, computer system CEQA seminars, mediation courses

Continuing Interests

  • Flying: multi-engine, instrument rating
  • Sailing: 10 Trans-Pacific races to Hawaii (Navigator)
  • Running: 5 marathons
  • Bicycling, skiing, music (flute), singing, amateur radio (HAM)
  • Scuba diving
  • Member of Santa Barbara Choral Society


  • Born September 5, 1936
  • Married 36 years to Mary E. Secord, Ph.D. (psychotherapist)
  • Five children, six grandchildren

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