About Bill Baber

Bill has co-authored some significant reforms for the City of La Mesa including


  • He co-wrote the La Mesa Term Limits Ordinance and managed the successful campaign to pass the initiative. Thus, he became one of the few politicians in American history to write himself out of a job!
  • He balanced the City's budgets with no new sales tax increases.
  • Bill created the City Council's sub-committee system to make the Council more efficient.
  • He helped reform La Mesa's animal welfare rules to make it easier to protect pets at our animal shelter. 
  • Bill helped pass the "pure water" amendments to the regional sewer agreement.
  • He co-wrote Measure V to regulate and tax the City's cannabis businesses.
  • Bill led the fight to pass the City's first Climate Action Plan.

Bill was first elected in November of 2014. He previously served as a trustee of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board (2003 - 2014). He worked to improve our middle schools ( La Mesa Arts Academy and Parkway) and our elementary schools (Lemon Avenue, La Mesa Dale, Rolando, Maryland Avenue, Murray Manor, and Northmont.) He also serves on the bond committee to oversee the improvements at Vista La Mesa Elementary.


He was School Board President in 2007 and 2012 and served on the School-City Joint Steering Committee to help build a new Boys & Girls Club. Bill served as a Commissioner on the La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission (2008 - 2014) and was the 2014 Chair of the Commission. 


In 2015, Bill was appointed as a San Diego Ethics Commissioner to help oversee San Diego's regulation of lobbying, campaign, and conflict-of-interest laws.


Bill was admitted to the California Bar as an attorney in 1990 and helped draft municipal law reforms in cities throughout San Diego County including city charters, fair and open competition ordinances, and ethics ordinances. Bill coordinated the City of San Diego’s Rules Committee from 2000 – 2005. During that time Bill managed the San Diego City Council’s docket process and worked on dozens of municipal issues. Bill is a former analyst for the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. 


Bill received his BA from the University of Southern California and his JD from California Western School of Law. 




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Bill and his wife Jean, their daughters Hope, Karis, and Joy, and their son Isaac have lived in La Mesa for the past 20 years with their dogs and  their autonomous cats.