You know, we live in trying times, with COVID-19 and threatening fires; and our community is suffering as a result. I hope you and your loved ones are doing ok. In these tumultuous days, we need a steady hand to address the difficulties we are encountering.
As a current councilmember, past mayor and active community member, I understand the challenges facing Scotts Valley. As former finance director for three cities, I know that Scotts Valley must manage taxpayer dollars wisely. I bring a robust financial skillset to the city. As a former President of the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, I know that we must support our diverse students in Scotts Valley and throughout our county.
I will continue to work to protect our environment and our quality of life for all as a member of regional committees focused on clean energy, clean air, sustainable groundwater and recycling. As a member of the Seniors advisory council, I will watch out for seniors.
On the affordable housing subcommittee, my focus is to balance the need to maintain Scotts Valley’s small town feel with some new housing by encouraging accessory dwelling units and by expanding the area in which new housing projects must build 15% of units as affordable. I will focus on mitigating community impacts from development.
I will also prioritize public safety for all, economic development, and assisting our most vulnerable residents. I am proud that we recently opened up the Glenwood Preserve for hiking, biking, equestrian use and dog walking. I will work for more recreational facilities.
I ask for your vote in these challenging times so that we can plan together for a bright future.