Our historic properties in the downtown have been shuttered during most of the 2018 due to lack of State Park funding. Continue reading Historic Adobes and Buildings
Historically, Monterey has been a waterfront town. In 1939, the City adopted a General Plan that preserved that character, and specifically provided that there be no parking along the waterfront. Through the efforts of some self-serving commercial interests, the City abandoned that well-reasoned plan, which resulted in the massive surface parking lot that today covers some of the most valuable real estate in California. Continue reading Waterfront Master Plan
As a member of the Planning Commission, I helped to draft the Goals and Objectives of the Downtown Specific Plan in 2012 and worked diligently to move it to completion. Continue reading Downtown Specific Plan
The City administration of our real estate assets has been ineffectual. Continue reading Property Management
The number of city employees earning more than $200,000 per year has mushroomed almost 300% during Clyde Roberson’s tenure as Mayor, yet key management positions remain unfilled. Continue reading Budget/Financial Issues
In recent years, campaign financing in Monterey has grown way out of proportion to the needs of citizen politicians in this relatively small city of 28,000. Continue reading Campaign Finance Reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Bill McCrone (831) 521-2313
August 8, 2018
Willard “Bill” McCrone announces his candidacy for Mayor of Monterey
MONTEREY, CA – Bill McCrone has announced his candidacy for the office of Mayor for the City of Monterey in the upcoming election on November 6, 2018. His experience and qualifications include 9 years U.S. Army service, a former law practice specializing in real estate and business (38 years), service as an Army civil engineer, Planning Commissioner (19 years), Parks and Recreation Commissioner (10 years) and community volunteer. Continue reading Campaign Announcement
B I L L M C C R O N E’ S B I O G R A P H Y
I believe that my background, education, and experience are very relevant to my qualifications for election as Mayor of Monterey and have therefore set them forth at length here. I have a lifetime of public service and achievement to draw upon in carrying out the public trust. I hope you will take the time to consider my unique qualifications.
“I believe that my expertise, education, demonstrated leadership, and extensive experience as a City Commissioner, qualify me for the position of Mayor of Monterey. I look forward to earning your vote on November 6th.”
Bill McCrone has lived his life with a priority on public service,beginning with his military service at West Point which culminated with him earning three Bronze Stars during combat service in Vietnam. After returning home from Vietnam, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law and returned to the Army serving as Senior Defense Counsel and Chief of Legal Assistance for the military population at Fort Ord in 1974.
In 1977, Bill opened his private law practice specializing in real estate, business, and estate planning. With his interest in historic preservation, he has worked to build public /private partnerships to preserve and restore our historic properties in the city of Monterey.
Bill McCrone has been a community leader for decades, first with his work on the Board and as President of the Family Resource Center (now known as the Family Services Agency), and then with involvement as an adult leader for Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Pony League Baseball. Most recently (2014 – present), he has acted as Chairman of the Lower Presidio Historic Park project for the Old Monterey Foundation that has resulted in completion of Phase One of the Park Master Plan. The Park was dedicated in November 2017 at a cost of $1.3 million with funds raised from public and private donors.
As a member and chairperson (2 years) of the Parks & Recreation Commission from 1987 – 1997 many projects were designed and completed – most notably the Monterey Sports Center, Window on the Bay Park, Monterey High School lower fields, the Skateboard Park and San Carlos Beach Park.
Bill helped to organize the Old Town Neighborhood Association (OTNA) and was an early representative to the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIP).
McCrone was appointed to the Monterey Planning Commission in 1997 and served (several times as Chair) until 2015. During those 18 years, he has dealt with all manner of use permits and development issues. Most recently, he led the effort to redesign the Downtown Specific Plan, North Fremont Specific Plan and the Waterfront Master Plan.
Bill was born in Washington D.C. into a military family, his father having served in WW II. He grew up in Texas, France, and Virginia; and graduated from high school in Arlington, VA in 1964. He is a devoted husband, father, and a cat owner.