Elections 2012: Michael "Mike" Metcalf, Candidate for Moraga Town Council

First elected to the Moraga Town Council in 2002, Metcalf served as the town's mayor in 2007 and 2012

General Information

Name : Michael French Metcalf
Also known as : Mike
Age : 70
Place of residence : Birchwood Dr., Moraga CA



Attended college : Yes
College : University of Pennsylvania
Degree : BS Civil Engineering
Year of graduation : Jun-64

Grad school

University : Stanford University
Degree : MS Civil Engineering (Construction)
Year of graduation : Jan-71

Ph D.

University : Stanford University
Area of research : Offshore structure installation planning methods
Year of graduation : Aug-73

Military service

Rank : LT, US Navy, Civil Engineer Corps
Date when discharged from duty : 04 January 1972

Employment Information

Job titles held : Project Manager
Employers : Chevron Corporation

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Moraga Town Council
Chamber/district: At large
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 02 November 2004
Previous elective offices : None
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None

Party HQ

Address PO Box 6442

Campaign Manager

Name : Mike Metcalf


Website : www.MikeMetcalfForMoraga.com

Other facts

Mike and his wife, Sharon, have lived in Moraga for 27 years. Their children (Scott and Vanessa) attended Moraga's excellent schools. Mike was raised in Massachusetts and graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a commissioned officer with the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, serving two tours with the Seabees in Vietnam, and as an officer in charge of construction in Thailand. Upon discharge from active military duty, he earned graduate degrees in engineering from Stanford University, receiving his doctorate in civil engineering. He was the research and development director for an engineering firm in San Francisco during the 1970s, then set out on a year-long sailing adventure with Sharon. On returning, he joined Chevron where for 20 years he was a project manager for engineering and construction projects in various overseas operations. He retired from Chevron in 1999 to pursue other interests, primarily community service. Upon retirement from Chevron, Mike was recruited to join the Moraga Planning Commission, where he served 6 years, 2 years as chair. He was elected to the Moraga Town Council in 2004, and was appointed by the Moraga Town Council to represent Moraga on regional transportation issues. He was recently appointed by the Contra Costa Mayors Conference as a representative on the board of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority. He served as mayor of Moraga in 2007 and 2012. In addition to government service, Mike pursues many additional community service interests focused on youth development. He is a member of Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley, where he serves as secretary for 7 years. For 15 years he was an active member of USA Swimming where he was a nationally certified swimming official. He continues serving Pacific Swimming on the Investment Committee, and participates in running the Pool Improvement Grant program.

Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Impressive to want to contribute to your community in this way when you're 70 years old. I'm going to sit on my butt when I'm that age, but I admire those who are willing to be active in this way. Good luck in your race.
James Coleridge August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I don't measure anyone's willingness to serve and their commitment to the job by their age. We're writing off many good people with a lot to contribute far too early in my opinion. But yes to Ian... thanks to this man for standing up for his community.
Mike Metcalf August 31, 2012 at 05:02 AM
James and Ian:--Thanks for your kind words. MFM
Andrew September 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Thanks for your service but ten years is long enough. Endless time wasted on dog park debates while the infrastructure continues to get progressively worse. Your solution to increasing the tax base is to increase the sales tax by a full 1 percent. The people in Moraga are not stupid. They will simply shop elsewhere to save money. My suggestion, follow Howard Harpham out the door and let new faces lead.
Andrew October 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I want you to confirm or deny that the ENTIRE revenue generated by your proposed Measure K sales tax is being used for road maintenance and replacement. Thank you.
Chris Nicholson October 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Andrew: "Danger, Will Robinson!" Given fungibility of money, what you want to ask is will this entire new revenue stream be *ADDITIVE* to current/recent run-rate spending on roads. If my son asks for $10/month extra to spend "exclusively on savings and not on candy," he could honor his pledge by saving that $10, reducing the savings from other revenue by the same amount and increasing his candy budget by $10.... In any case, unless there are structural protections in the way the new funding is released (which I think there should be), no elected official can bind future elected officials, so the most comfort you'll get is a (non-binding) "pledge" from current officeholders....
Andrew October 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Chris, I would just like to get any of these candidates to admit the sky is indeed blue.
John Schwartz October 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Andrew, this is common knowledge. BY LAW - Measure K funds are destined to the general fund. The Measure K revenue stream can/will then be used to secure a bond(s) which will allow for accelerated repairs (more repairs completed sooner) and has the effect of committing those funds to road repairs. This has been stated multiple times - in multiple threads.


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