Carrie Theis


For Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council

Professional Background

Business Owner – CFO and General Manager since October 2000 of the family-owned Hofsas House founded in 1947 by my grandmother.

Public Sector – Information Systems Manager with the State of California Department of Developmental Services in Sacramento for five years.

Private Sector – Spent 10 years as a business system analyst for several companies such as Gallo Winery, Unocal and Computerland.

Community Leadership

Member – Carmel City Council since September 2012, Mayor Pro Tem 2 years.

Partner with the following charities: Carmel Public Library Foundation, Food Bank for Monterey County, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

President of the Carmel Innkeepers Association since 2005.

Former Board Member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Monterey County Hospitality Association.


Community Character:  Sustain our tradition of being a village in the forest so the natural beauty of Carmel is preserved.  Focus on the cleanliness of our beach, parks, business and residential areas.

Sustain Long-term Financial Vitality:  Continue to cautiously adapt to changing financial conditions while preserving City functions.  Maintaining the vibrancy of the business community is vital to Carmel’s economic future.

Government Efficiency & Transparency:  Seek ways to continue to enhance public access to City information.  Focus on customer service to provide vital services to the community.


  • PG&E negotiations that resulted in increased safety standards & a $1.6 million reimbursement.
  • Paving streets, repairing sidewalks & taking on drainage projects.
  • Focused on tree stump elimination & tree replacement.
  • Investing in the North Dunes and Mission Trail Park by eradicating evasive species & implementing the biological plans.
  • Dedicated enforcement of short-term rentals in the residential area.
  • Compromise on the Pilot Beach Management Policy that has led to a cleaner beach, better enforcement and improved beach signage.
  • More trash receptacles and cigarette butt containers to remind people to be responsible.
  • Passed an ordinance eliminating plastic utensils, straws and disposable food packaging.
  • Installed two new double electrical vehicle charging stations at Vista Lobos and Sunset Center.
  • Approved contract to install video cameras at the entrance/exit of the City to improve crime solving.
  • Negotiated a long-term lease with Sunset Cultural Center.
  • Adopted an ordinance to regulate recreational marijuana in the City.
  • Doubled parking fees for buses.
  • Updated and improved the City website.


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Donations can be made out to: Theis for Council 2018, P.O. Box 4801, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  93921 | 831-747-4907

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Thanks to Jeff Burghardt and Richard Green for website images.