SLO mayor, public works director Dave Romero

David Romero

David Romero’s career in San Luis Obispo became part of the city’s architecture and public works in 1956. After he retired from the business, he was elected as a city council member and mayor on Sept. 23, 2002.

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The former long-term mayor of San Luis Obispo, a city councilor and long-term director of public works, who advocates for urban infrastructure, died in 93.

Dave Romero, who during his tenure with the city embraced the nickname “Dave Pave”, died at his San Luis Obispo home on Thursday after suffering complications from renal failure, according to family members.

Romero served as chief of engineers of the city of San Luis Obispo and then director of public works from 1956 to 1992. He was responsible for the roads, planets, water supply, central car, sewage systems, and other city systems and software.

Romero also served on the City Council for 16 years, eight of those greater between 1992 and 2010.

“It is impossible for San Luis Obispo to be owned by Dave,” former San Luis Obispo city manager and friend Ken Hampian told the Tribune in an email. “Slo is talking now about his beloved ‘to tear up the town’.” That love was translated into great reverence for the inhabitants and the staff of the city; and no matter what the outcome, a very polite, kind sound preferred. The world needs more leaders like Dave Romero.”

Republicans registered as fiscal conservative, Romero was known to be willing to work with those whose opinions did not agree.

Carrying out major roles on the nonpartisan City Council, she is primarily focused on serving the city, including friends and family.

John Dunn, the 13-year-old San Luis Obispo superintendent, said Romero “is five years old” and that Romero will effectively become his supervisor as a city council member.

“No, we don’t always agree on things, but we’ve pounded the road in the middle, and we’ve always kept a respect for each other,” Dunn said.

The ridiculous portrayal of her transition to regular performance was with Christine Mulholland, a former San Luis Obispo City Council member.

“She was very generous and very conservative, and as Sonny and Cher dressed and sang “I’m You Babe,” said Teresa Bruce, Romero’s daughter. “They loved it. Although they don’t agree in many ways, they still say that they really love each other. And they did it together. That was their time in one day.

Dave Romero and Christine Mulholland, political opponents, sing “I Love You Babe”. Courtesy Theresa Brus

Romero for decades serving the city

Romero had key hands on public facilities, including the San Luis Obispo link to the At Home Water Project, the construction of the Whale Rock Dam, waste treatment and flood protection facilities, and buildings retrofits and improvements to local streets. Even the weekend falls down.

Romero nearly lost his job in 1964 when council members were then “disillusioned” after he told a reporter that he “preferred to expand off Monterey Street” to create what would become the Mission Plaza, according to the Tribune board.

The committee, which recommended the expansion of Monterey Street, had an audience with Romero’s “treachery”, but ultimately did not fire him.

The charges were dropped after voters “said they wanted a wider Mission Plaza location on Monterey Street, and a majority of ex-office voters,” said the 1986 article.

Starting with an salary of $7,800 in 1956, Romero retired from making $75,000 in 1991, according to a Telegram Tribune article in July 1991, but his job name never changed.

“I didn’t get a promotion in all these years,” Romero joked in that article.

San Luis Obispo was pleased with his size and career qualification, but also wanted to make sure that he grew up, kept pace with his infrastructure, and was considered a point of pride by leading several projects, former State Council member Dodie Williams said.

Williams served on the SLO City Council between 1984 and 1988 and developed a friendship with Romero and his wife, Mary Bell.

“He was so enthusiastic and loved by the city that he really cared about San Luis Obispo, and he wanted to do better — and he did,” said Williams.

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Former SLO State Director Dave Romero performed early in his career. Courtesy Theresa Brus

How Romero became ‘Dave Pave’

Romero — an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, skiing and watery river rafting — was enjoying the quality of life in San Luis Obispo, he said on Dec. 1

He was also striving to develop and adapt to the needs of the community.

“Very small traffic, very small congestion,” Romero said of when he first arrived. “Now people have increased problems. At the same time, the streets are better, the water system is better . . I don’t believe that we are striving to control growth by restricting the size of our public utility, or not improving sewers or streets, so people can’t do it. If we want to control growth, another let’s do it now.

Romero’s nickname “Dave Pave” was the first criticism signed by political opponents in the state on the condition of growing up in the state’s council.

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David Romero started the San Luis Obispo curriculum as a city engineer and director of public works in 1956. Upon his departure from his job, he was elected mayor and city council member. Tribune File

“A few months ago, I mentioned this thing wonderfully,” Dunn said on Friday. “I thought about the moment, and “I’m proud of that title. “I’m an engineer and we’re engineers who love to build things. I think I’m a builder.” ”

Despite his reputation, Romero is also a pro-campus lawyer.

“He praised having space and he loved all the hills,” said Bruce.

City Council member Jan Marx described Romero as a fiscal conservative who was very interested in economics.

“He had a really warm heart and a sense of humor and even a really good judgement when it came to practical concerns,” Marx said. “I learned so much from him and he was one of my mentors.”

Romero was recognized as SLO Chamber of Trade Citizen of the Year 2014.

Life background

Romero was born in Detroit but grew up in Albuquerque, NM, according to Bruce. She graduated from the University of New Mexico majoring in civil machinery.

The National Geodetic Survey, a branch of the Navy, Bruce said. It manages management systems for transportation and communication, mapping and maps, and manages technical and technical services. From the 1970s she was part of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

He was introduced to his wife Mary Belle, who died in 2014, from his brother who was stationed in Alaska with Romero on a ship. Dave and Mary Belle remained married for almost 63 years until his death.

“(Romero) absolutely fell on his heel with it,” said Bruce.

Dave Romero (sitting at the end of the table). Courtesy Theresa Brus

Williams added: “They were two wonderful things. They were the most gracious people you ever want to know.”

Bruce said his dad stayed active camping, hiking, and successfully skiing in retirement. Romero was 87 when skiing last season.

Her daughter said she and her family kept close to Grace Church Pastor Ken Peet when he fell asleep last time Thursday night.

“For we could say he was passing by,” said Bruce. “We just prayed all over him here, and we told him we loved him just as he was able to go ahead and go to heaven.”

Romero is survived by two sons, Cathie and Teresa, and their family.

“We have known him for almost 40 years and each is a caring man, a very generous person, devoted to his family, church and community,” said Maggie Cox, of Barnett and Cox, who served with him. volunteer for various community capacities. “My heart beat San Luis Obispo.”

Bruce Romero said the monument will likely take place at the end of April or May at Grace Church, but the date has not yet been selected.

This story was first published Wednesday, March 18, 2022 1:59 PM

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Nick Wilson covers San Luis Obispo City in 2004 and has been a notary with the Tribune in San Luis Obispo. He also travels from San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos, regularly writes and plays. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is born in Ojai.