Councilman Stephen Houlahan RN, MSN, MBA

I'm Stephen Houlahan and I love Santee, the city in which I have lived for over forty years. I'm a third-generation Santee native. My grandfather settled in Santee, after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Having attended Sycamore Canyon Elementary School and graduated from West Hills High School I benefited from the excellence of the Santee School District and the Grossmont Union High School District. As a child, I learned to love the open space and beautiful rolling hills of Santee.  

After graduating from Grossmont College, the San Diego State University School of Nursing with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, and later the University of San Diego with a Masters of Nursing Degree and a Masters of Business Administration, I purchased a home for my family in Santee.

I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and have over 20 years of health care experience, including 5 years as the Supervisor of the Sharp Memorial Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I have also served as an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

Currently, I am the Senior Nurse Specialist and Educator for the Sharp Healthcare System. In addition to my college degrees, I am a "Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)" and "Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS)".


I am very active in the Santee Community. I coached baseball for six seasons at West Hills Little League (WHLL) including at the T-Ball, Rookies, Caps, and Minors Levels. During the WHLL 2019 Season, I worked with the city and the community to purchase and install an electronic scoreboard at the West Hills Ball Park Minors Field.

I also coached soccer for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) for six seasons at the U-6, U-8, U-10, and U-12 Divisions, and am an AYSO Referee.  

Complementing years of coaching youth sports, I volunteer countless hours planting trees and performing trail maintenance at Mission Trails Regional Park; packing and distributing food with the Santee Santas during the holidays; and supporting first responders during outreach activities including Pancake Breakfasts at the Fire Station and Coffee with Community at the Santee Library with the Santee Sheriff’s Department.


In 2010 I became a founding member and the President of the activist group "Save Mission Trails".  This group’s primary focus is to protect Mission Trails Regional Park and the adjacent East Elliott open space from encroachment.

In 2014 with my leadership Save Mission Trails successfully led the effort to stop the Quail Brush Power Plant from being built adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, in East Elliott, at the western gateway of Santee.

Additionally, in 2016, as the President of Save Mission Trails, I successfully led the effort to achieve "Scenic Highway" designation for State Route-52 from Mast Blvd to Santo Rd.

More recently in 2018, when I learned of the attempt to export fracked liquefied natural gas through Santee by constructing the "Rainbow to Mission Valley Pipeline Project" at the expense of rate-payers, I once again organized the community and successfully stopped yet another boondoggle.


Currently representing Santee's 4th district on the City Council, I am a voting member of the San Diego River Conservancy, the Santee Fire Fighter/Paramedic County Service Agreement (CSA-69) Advisory Committee, Goodan Ranch Advisory Committee, and Mission Trails Taskforce.  

As State Appointee to the San Diego River Conservancy, I was instrumental in leading Santee’s $10,000,000 Mast Park redevelopment project, and through my leadership, the San Diego River Conservancy has allocated $500,000 to the restoration of Sycamore Creek in Santee.

Serving as Santee’s CSA-69 representative, I led contract negotiations for the current 5 year fixed contract for the Santee Firefighter Paramedics. I continue to represent the Santee Firefighter Paramedics as the lead negotiator with the County of San Diego regarding CSA-69’s fee structure and financial future.

As a member of the Goodan Ranch Advisory Committee, I coordinated efforts between the United States Marine Corps, County of San Diego, City of Poway, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and City of Santee to open the "Historic Stowe Trail" from Santee to Poway to the public.

As a member of the Mission Trails Task Force, I worked with the City of San Diego to acquire the final parcel of land linking the Weston Development to the Stowe Trail.

Let’s keep working together to keep Santee’s family-friendly atmosphere. I seek your help and your vote in this mission - Thank You.

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