MEET THE COUNCIL
Steven W. Martin (email)
Steve Martin and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Paso Robles for four decades. They have raised their family here and have been active in many community activities. Steve is a marketing professional with more than 30 years of experience in communications including corporate communications, radio, television, newspaper, publishing, Internet design and public relations. He is an author and musician. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, as an elected official, an executive manager and the owner of several media-related businesses. He advises clients on a wide range of communication and economic development activities and has developed and implemented numerous communications plans to achieve clients’ strategic goals. Steve served on the Council previously from 1987 to 1996. He was selected by his peers to be Mayor of Paso Robles from 1988 to 1990.
Mayor Pro Tem
Fred Strong (e-mail)
Fred Strong was born in Wisconsin in 1937. He is married to Patty and they have five children between them; Kathy, Zoe, Fabian, Colleen and Michael plus six grandchildren. Fred grew up in Greendale, WI, one of three Greenbelt Villages created by the Federal Government during the depression. He was Jesuit educated at Marquette High School and University where he became Director of Foreign Language Laboratories in 1961. He came to California in the same capacity for San Jose State in 1963. Then he entered a multi-faceted 35 year career in newspaper editing and publishing, radio broadcasting and representing private citizens and groups before government agencies, boards, councils and commissions. He is retired but still occasionally serves a few clients.
A civic- minded, community-orientated volunteer, Fred has chaired and served on numerous government committees and advisory bodies in San Luis Obispo, San Jose, and Sonoma County. Local work includes the North County's First District Water Advisory Committee and the revision of the Paso Robles Airport Master Plan and Land Use Plan.
He was a co-founder and the original coordinator of the first Paso Robles Parks and Recreation sponsored Youth Soccer program in the early 1980's and, for eleven years, was the Coordinator of the S.H.A.R.E. and Healthy Share monthly food program in San Luis Obispo County. He has been a regular volunteer for the Main Street Association and the Vine Street Showcase events.
He is an avid Duplicate Bridge competitor and directs games at three local community centers. He also has a love for golf so you will find him on the links whenever he has free time.
Steve Gregory (e-mail)
Councilman Steve Gregory has lived in Paso Robles for 35 years, meeting and marrying his wife Dawn here. With four children between them they have supported many school and community organizations. Steve has volunteered as a Planning Commissioner for the last 6 years including terms as Chairman Pro Tem and Chairman. He served on the Development Review Committee for the past 5 years. Steve is a community volunteer for Main Street, Rotary, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, he has coached youth sports, he has hosted many long term AFS students, and he is a cofounder and grant writer for the Avila Sealife Center.
Steve and Dawn both own businesses in Paso Robles. Dawn is co-owner of the downtown eatery, Odyssey World Café, for 17 years. Steve operates his own consulting business as a Project Design Consultant focusing on new construction, restoration and remodeling of existing vintage homes. Additionally he consults in small business strategies, land use, and entitlement matters.
Steve was Executive Vice President of Sycamore Mineral Springs, Paso Robles Hot Springs and Avila Hot Springs. He successfully grew Sycamore Mineral Springs into a World Class Spa Resort over a 20 year period. During his business activities he worked with many Federal, State, County and City agencies. He was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to Flood Zone 9 Advisory Committee which he chaired for 6 years. Steve has worked with LAFCO in an annexation of a large parcel into the City of Paso Robles.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management cum laude at CSU Long Beach and continued post graduate studies in Statistics and Finance. At the age of 15, Steve proudly became a United States Citizen after immigrating to the United States from Argentina with his family ten years earlier.
Steve enjoys hot springs, traveling, photography, hiking mountains and spending time with Dawn and their family.
John Hamon (e-mail)
John Hamon was born on July 27, 1954. John, a fourth generation, father, grandfather, husband and businessman was raised in Lompoc, California.
The Hamon Family has a rich history on the Central Coast beginning with John's Portuguese great-grandfather who immigrated to San Luis Obispo in the 1890's from the Azores to work on the Cuesta Grade train tunnels. John graduated from Lompoc High School and attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly as a student he met and married Marjorie Triol in 1975. In 1976 John graduated from Cal Poly's School of Industrial Technology with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. Upon graduation from Cal Poly, John and Marjorie made their home in Paso Robles. Marjorie grew up in Paso Robles and graduated from Paso Robles High School. John earned his general contractors license and joined his in-laws Tom and Bettie Triol in their family overhead garage door business.
John and Marjorie have two children a daughter Jessica and son John the III. The Hamon family worships at St. Rose Catholic Church where they serve as Ministers of the Eucharist and Music. John quickly embraced Paso Robles becoming an active volunteer in many community organizations. John volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America – Paso Robles Troop 60 (an Eagle Scout himself), Board Member on the Chamber of Commerce, the Paso Robles Volunteer Fire Department attaining the rank of Captain, and served as President for the Rotary Club of Paso Robles. John is a Board Member on the Industrial Technology Advisory Board at Cal Poly. He has served on the Airport Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Planning Commission.
In his free time John enjoys flying and is a private pilot, enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Jim Reed (e-mail)
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