My name is Stephen Houlahan and I love Santee, the city in which I have lived for over forty years. I am a third generation Santee native. My grandfather settled in Santee, after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Korean War, and 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 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 Degree in Nursing, and later the University of San Diego with a Master of Nursing Degree and a Master 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 an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Currently, I am the Sharp Health Care System Senior Clinical Documentation Nurse Specialist.
In 2010, I co-founded and became president of Save Mission Trails, a public benefit organization with the purpose to preserve and protect the open space to the west of Santee, including Mission Trails Regional Park and the East Elliot Open Space.
Earlier that year, Goldman Sachs and San Diego Gas and Electric set forth to build the “Quail Brush Power Plant” on the western border of Santee. However; through a massive grass roots effort, Save Mission Trails and our allies stopped them in a “David versus Goliath” battle to save Santee.
In 2018, San Diego Gas and Electric returned with a proposal to route a 36″ Liquefied Natural Gas Transmission Line though Mission Trails Regional Park, the Goodan Ranch, Sycamore Canyon, and finally into Santee. As a Santee City Council Member, I organized the opposition and defeated the $600 million pipeline project at the California Public Utilities Commission.