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Elected November, 2014
Re-elected November 2016, 2018, 2020
Term expires December, 2022

Born in Oakland, California, Clyde Roberson started his teaching career in 1968. His hobbies include hiking, biking, gardening, writing humorous poems about his years in the classroom, and volunteering at local schools.

He was privileged to teach in Monterey for 35 years.  Among many highlights was teaching children of former students, and working with outstanding colleagues, parents, and community.  He and his wife, Dottie, were fortunate to raise their children in Monterey where they attended local schools.  Their grandchildren also go to school here.

Clyde is honored to have served 26 years on the Monterey City Council, including six terms as mayor, as well as four years on the Library Board. He started the Monterey Sports Center after his students and the residents repeatedly wrote that the city needed an indoor swimming facility, gymnasium, and exercise facilities. It was paid for when the doors opened.      

He started the Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program which has funded  $90 million since 1985 into residential streets, storm drains, sewers, parks, and city-wide projects.  He created the Historical Preservation and Cultural Arts Commissions. He initiated the hotel moratorium to stop overdevelopment of our coastline.

Working with the people of Monterey, he helped to form neighborhood associations, develop the Window to the Bay and Recreational Trail, worked to keep the DLI and Naval Postgraduate School here, balance city budgets, and support local business. 

His priorities are protecting our quality of life, listening to citizens, keeping Monterey safe and solvent, providing services to residents, and preserving our natural and historical beauty.  He is committed to fixing the city’s infrastructure and retaining Monterey’s small-town feeling.     

A Member of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, Mayor Clyde is pleased that Monterey belongs to the Central Coast Community Power for Renewable Energy and the Regional Climate Action Compact.

A neighborhood newsletter stated: “With unfailing support for neighborhood issues…and a visionary’s ability to solve problems with innovative solutions, Clyde has never ceased to support every neighborhood in the City of Monterey.”

He loves Monterey and will take care of it with you.

Elected December, 2012
Re-elected November 2016 and 2020 - Term expires December, 2024

Alan Haffa learned about leadership and service as an Eagle Scout. He met his future wife, Arlene Haffa, when both of them worked as Camp Counselors at Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Arlene and Alan have been married 26 years and have two children, Ben and Elizabeth, both graduates of Monterey High School. When the family moved to Monterey in 2003, Haffa wanted to help out in the community. He joined the Kiwanis Club of Monterey, and he and Arlene helped out at the High School by writing a grant for the Band Boosters to replace the piano, and helped reinvigorate the Cross-Country Booster club.

In 2004, the local school district, MPUSD, was divided and lacking direction. When one of the board members stepped down, Haffa stepped up. He stood with the board members who questioned the district consultants, who were recommending 11 new schools in the former Fort Ord. Haffa and the board majority questioned where the new residents would work and how many children they would have. Their skepticism was well founded, as the housing bubble burst and none of the new construction materialized. Had the district sold bonds to build all those schools, the district would be in debt today and would have had to close schools in Monterey. The leadership that Haffa displayed, questioning out of state consultants and corporations to protect the students and citizens, is the kind of leadership and independence he will bring to the city council.

Haffa was proud to work with local parents and volunteers who wanted to remodel Dan Albert Football Field. When the football booster club and other supporters asked the board to show commitment and leadership by allocating $200,000 toward the football field renovation, Haffa voted "yes." The boosters were then able to raise the remaining money and today the field is a testimony to what our community can do when dedicated citizens and supportive public servants work together.

In addition to his community service, Haffa has taught at Monterey Peninsula College and directed the Gentrain Program, an interdisciplinary, team taught course in civilization. At MPC he has served on the Faculty Senate and for the past two years he has been co-chair of the College Council, which is the highest advisory board to the college president. Haffa has also fought for lifelong learning at the college, and in 2011 he was the MPCTA faculty union co-negotiator. Haffa and his faculty colleagues negotiated a two percent salary cut in recognition of the desperate financial situation of the state and as sign of good faith and commitment to the long term viability of the college.

Haffa says: "One of my natural skills is helping to bring a group to consensus. If you can find a solution that works for everyone, where everyone wins, that is a better solution than where one party wins and the other loses. But if a spirit of reason and compromise are not met half way, I will ask the tough questions and I will stand up for what is right."

Councilmember-ESmithVICE MAYOR ED SMITH
Elected November, 2014
Re-elected November, 2018 - Term expires December, 2022
Appointed Vice Mayor for 2022

Ed was born at the old Carmel Hospital, raised on the Monterey Peninsula, and attended local schools, graduating from Pacific Grove High in 1971. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharron, who graduated from Monterey High School, also in 1971. They recently celebrated 41 years of marriage.

His parents, originally from Georgia, fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula when his father was stationed at Fort Ord with the U.S. Army. They settled their family here in 1945 after WWII ended. Ed has one younger brother, Doug, who served in the U.S. Army. His older brother, Phillip, also served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1969.
After graduating from Monterey Peninsula College in 1973, Ed and Sharron were married and departed for college. He graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1975. After several years, Ed returned to college at Golden Gate University, attending night school to work on his Masters Degree. He graduated in 1983 with a Master’s of Public Administration in Federal, State & Urban Governance.

Ed and Sharron have two adult children — daughter, Amy Baj (married to Chris), lives in Florida where she is a Public Relations Director for Dell; and son, Peter finished serving in the U.S. Army in 2013 and currently is a full time student at Wichita State in Kansas. They have two grandchildren, Liam Smith, five-years-old, and Hadley Baj, 5-months-old.

Ed started his exciting law enforcement career beginning with the Seaside Police Department in 1976. In 1980 Ed transferred to the Monterey Police Department and rose through the ranks serving as a police officer, field training officer, detective, and as a police Sergeant serving in every division within the department as a supervisor. Ed was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2003 and retired from Monterey in 2006.

After a brief retirement Ed returned to duty in 2007 with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department in Riverside County, and retired in 2011 as a Division Commander. During Ed’s police career he served five different police chiefs and served for a total of 34 years.

Ed’s Service, Community, and Leadership

  • Co-owner On Base Leadership Training and organizational leadership consulting
  • Formerly owned and operated a retail business in Monterey, est. 1991, sold in 1998
  • Past board member of a community church & past board member of a private school
  • Past president of the Monterey Police Officers Association
  • Experienced with special events, project management, construction & technology
  • Former part-time Instructor at MPC Police Academy and State of California Peace Officers Standards & Training, (P.O.S.T.) in supervisory and leadership courses
  • Volunteer team captain for AT&T and 1st Tee tournaments
  • Member of Rotary Club of Cannery Row, vocation chair
  • Member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, education committee
Education / Training
  • Pacific Grove High School Graduate 1971
  • Monterey Peninsula College, Associates of Science Degree 1973
  • California State University Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Crim. Justice 1975
  • Golden Gate University, MPA in Federal, State and Urban Governances 1983
  • Police Academy, Supervisory and Management P.O.S.T Certificates
  • State of California Life-Time Teaching Credential
  • Monterey Peninsula Leadership graduate
Interests / Hobbies
  • Family time, gardening, good movies
  • Reading: world history, modern leadership & organizational management
  • Remodeling and home improvement - power tools!!
  • Golf, football (49ers) and baseball (Giants)