Sandy Genis grew up in Costa Mesa, graduated from Estancia High School, and has been active in the community for decades. In the 2012 elections, she finished first among the eight candidates for the City Council.
Sandy first served on the Costa Mesa City Council from 1988 to 1996. She also has served on the Orange County Housing Commission, the Orange County Charter Commission, and the boards of numerous nonprofits, including the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society and Orange County Friends of Harbors Beaches and Parks.
Sandy demonstrated her commitment to protecting public assets during her previous terms on the City Council. Sandy was recognized as a fiscal conservative for her votes for balanced budgets and against issuing bonds. Genis is best known for her insistence that Costa Mesa pull their money out of the ill-fated Orange County Investment Pool before the bankruptcy. While other government agencies were borrowing to invest in the high-flying fund, Costa Mesa got their money out of the pool before the bankruptcy.
Sandy's long track record includes protecting our Costa Mesa neighborhoods, providing top-notch public safety, and her work to save the Orange County Fairgrounds.