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Bob Smith - Councilmember

Bob Smith - Ward 4Bakersfield City Council
Ward 4

Term Expires: November, 2018
Office: 661-326-3767
Cell: 661-330-1404

Current Service: 

Bakersfield City Councilmember, Ward 4
Elected November 2012, Re-elected November 2014

City Council Committees:

Planning and Development Committee - Chairman
Community Services Committee - Committee Member
Water Board – Board Member

Kern Council of Governments - City Representative
Bike Bakersfield - Owner/Founder and Board Member

Past Service: 

Bakersfield Christian High School
Board Member 2006 – 2013 

Professional Background and Community Involvement 

Bob has owned his own independent civil engineering and land planning business in Bakersfield for over 30 years.

In addition to his service on the B.C.H.S. board, Bob is also the founder of Bike Bakersfield, a local non-profit that promotes bike safety for adults and youth, and advocates for safe routes throughout the Bakersfield area.

Education 
Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

Professional Affiliations 
Licensed Civil Engineer, State of California
Licenses Land Surveyor, State of California 

Biography

Bob is married to his wonderful wife, Pamela. Bob and his wife have called Bakersfield home for 35 years. Together, they have four grown children. They attend Riverlakes Community Church.

As a Councilmember, Bob is dedicated to improving street safety for all residents of Bakersfield. He is particularly passionate about working to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities on our roadways. To this end, Bob pushed through passage of the Bicycle Transportation Plan and the Complete Streets Resolution. Bob continues this work to create a safer and more efficient road system for all road users.

As part of his goal to improve the local economy, Bob is committed to attracting individuals and businesses from a quality-of-life perspective. Bob is a strong proponent of finishing our segmented freeway system. The opening of the Westside Parkway has been a great benefit to Ward 4 residents. Bob has and will continue to push freeway projects forward. A good transportation network for freight, automobiles, bicyclists, and pedestrians is essential to a vibrant economy.

Bob is also dedicated to restoring water in the river. As one of three Councilmembers who comprise the Water Board, Bob continues to direct staff to use all methods possible to achieve this goal. The continuing drought and the recent state legislation requiring groundwater management make it even more apparent that the plan to restore water in the river for groundwater recharge is necessary for the long-term sustainability of our water resources.

Bob is focused on staying attentive to the specific needs of Ward 4 residents while also maintaining a greater vision for the community as a whole. Bob is proud to be a part of the redevelopment of downtown Bakersfield and to work with groups such as Bakersfield Young Professionals and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful on additional quality-of-life improvements.