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Meet Chris

At a time when city government faces unprecedented challenges to its finances and delivery of city services, Chris Olsen is the City Council candidate best qualified to address those challenges. He lives in Hillcrest and has worked as a policy analyst for the City of San Diego’s Independent Budget Analyst Office for the past five years. He also teaches budget and fiscal policy to undergraduates as a faculty member at the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University. His career has been in public service, having worked for 15 years for elected officials and city government.

Priority Issues

Public Safety

Public safety is the most essential and primary responsibility of local government. Let’s reduce response times and ensure police, fire and lifeguards are adequately staffed.


Let’s make housing more affordable and accessible while protecting the character of our neighborhoods. Let’s welcome density where it will help address our housing crisis.


We can leverage and connect regional resources to help our neighbors living on the streets. Let’s use a data-driven approach to find the most effective solutions.

Neighborhood Services

Let’s deliver world class services to our communities. Neighborhoods deserve first-class amenities like parks, libraries and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

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I’m ready to lead. I envision a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable San Diego that welcomes neighbors, new and old, with safe communities, plentiful housing options for all income levels, compassionate services for our most vulnerable, and world-class amenities that link us to job centers here in our region and across the globe. I know how to turn ideas into real solutions. Please join me and let’s get to work!
— Chris


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