For Chico City Council 2018
I moved to Chico, California in 1979, to finish my junior and senior years at California State University Chico, where I received my B.A. in Geography in 1981. My first summer in Chico, when most of the students left, I fell in love with the charming and lively downtown, upper Bidwell Park and the city itself. Along with two partners, I opened my own business in 1984 – Reddengray Pub, and became a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Chico was good to me. After a decade of enjoying my life here, changing careers and starting a family, I made a conscious decision to start giving back to Chico. I sought and found many organizations and causes to involve myself in. My good fortune in being chosen Chico Realtor of the Year and President of the Chico Association of Realtors provided me a platform from which I could do more good.
In 2002 I was the leading vote-getter in my run for a seat on the Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees. It was a challenging time for the district, with school closures and the dismissal of a popular principal. I made hard fiscal decisions and challenged the Board majority, compromising when needed for the greater good and standing my ground when my moral compass obligated me too.
I did not seek re-election after my term, choosing instead to involve myself in other issues that I felt passionately about. I became more active in our Audubon Chapter, serving first as the Field Trip Chair, then President and finally as the current Conservation Director. My dual interests in bird identification and hunting gave me a unique perspective on conservation issues and an opportunity to build alliances between seemingly disparate parties. Finding common ground and reconciling opposing viewpoints has always come naturally to me.
In addition to running my own business and working as an independent contractor, I worked briefly as a wildlife tour guide, park ranger and outdoor educator.
Now that our three children are grown, my wife Kathleen and I have more time to give back to the community. For the story of why I’m running for City Council please see the Why I’m Running page.
1984-1987 Small Business Owner/Chamber of Commerce Member
1994 Board Member, Parks and Preserves Foundation
1995 Park Watch Volunteer, Bidwell Park
1995 Member, Chico Gangs Task Force
1997-1999 Blood Drive Chairman, Chico Association of Realtors
1997-1999 Director, Centerville Recreation and Historical Association Board of Directors
2001 Top Fund-raiser, Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Event
2002-2006 Trustee, Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees
2002 President, Chico Association of Realtors
2002 Vice-president, Chico Optimists Service Club
2006 President, Chico Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation
2008-2010 NorCal Regional Rep, Audubon California Board of Directors
2008-2011 President, Altacal Audubon Society
2009 Census taker, Chico Homeless Census
2017 Conservation Chair, Altacal Audubon Society
Salvation Army Red Kettle Volunteer
Chico Chamber of Commerce Member
Volunteer, MDA of Chico
8 Gallon Club blood donor
Co-founder Outdoor Education For All!
Author/publisher NorCal Naturalist Journal
“Scott…always articulated his position, he always asked good questions…Scott’s just the candidate that I really can embrace right away”
“I have known Scott for close to 30 years. He has a deep passion for our community, and has dedicated much of his life to jumping in and taking action, instead of sitting on the sidelines wishing things were different.”
“I recognized somebody who’s a leader, not just a grenade thrower, and that impressed me… Scott is just exactly what this council needs … somebody who can bridge those gaps and can coordinate and work well with other people.”
“Scott earned my respect because he always does his homework. He takes the time to research an issue, talk to all involved, and thoughtfully consider alternate viewpoints.”
“Scott will be the candidate of reason – the voice so needed on our current council. Scott has my endorsement and vote!”
“Im looking forward to a progressive city council that can get things done…I’m looking forward to it Scott!”
“…he is a caring, level-headed, informed person who will listen to all sides of an issue before making a decision.”
From 1998 to 2007 I was at the top of my game as a highly-regarded and successful Real Estate agent. When the recession of 2008 hit and the bottom dropped out of the housing market, those working in related fields were at ground-zero of a crisis that would spread to families all over the country.
In 2008 I experienced an 80% decrease in my earnings. At the time my wife Kathleen was a stay-at-home mom and we had no other sources of income. We worked hard to keep our heads above water, Kathleen took a full-time job and I started driving a cab all night to try to make ends meet. We grew a garden to reduce our food bill and tightened our belts wherever we could. Like so many others, as hard as we tried we could not keep up. The financial hole we were in just kept getting deeper.
We were counseled by our attorney that our only option was to file bankruptcy. We arranged payment schedules with our local creditors and paid them all off over time. Seeing no hope in sight of paying off the remaining debt, we filed. Regrettably, this action and numerous requests for an alternative payment plan did not stop our home from being foreclosed upon in 2010. In 2011 we began turning things around with a new career for me and Kathleen simultaneously juggling three pat-time jobs.
I believe that good comes from every bad, and that challenge is an opportunity for growth. Much like my parents after the Great Depression, our family learned to become exceptionally conservative in our spending. After four years we were able to build our credit back up and buy a very modest home. My wife and I drive 10 and 20 year old vehicles respectively. We’ve just recently been able to pay off all of our remaining obligations from that time.