I have proudly served the City of Pleasant Hill for eight years including two years a Mayor. Some of my proudest accomplishments and activities are:
- New Pleasant Hill Library. Just recently we opened our new state-of-the-art library for which I have been on the subcommittee for all eight years. This library reflects our welcoming city and encourages imagination, activity, learning and community. It is a Net Zero library, producing as much power as it will use.
- Measure K was passed. This sales tax measure allowed our city to tackle many infrastructure projects such as road repaving and storm drain improvements. It also allowed us to build the new city library.
- Addressed issues related to Covid. Measures were taken to help our businesses adapt to the various phases of Covid as well as ensuring city services could be delivered.
- New gateways signs were designed and installed and wayfinding signs are in progress.
- To reinforce Pleasant Hill as an inclusionary city, a resolution was passed to set a high standard for how we treat people regardless of race, religion, gender or orientation. The Diversity subcommittee of the Civic Action Commission and the newly established Diversity Commission will continue our focus in this area.
- Pleasant Hill 2040. I sit on the General Plan Advisory Committee working on developing our general plan for the next 20 years. This process has also included our new Housing Element where we have had to address the challenging Regional Housing Needs Allocation. I am pleased with how much community input has been involved.
- Regional Involvement. I sit on a number of boards representing Pleasant Hill and Central Costa County including; County Connection Board, Transpac (regional transportation planning board), CCTA (Contra Costa Transportation Authority board, and the Innovate 680 policy advisory committee.
Our future is not without challenges. My background in finance allows me to play a vital role on City Council and our Budget Committee. The city’s unfunded pension liability and current struggling economy will require a watchful financial eye.
Through our Measure K funds and working with regional agencies, we need to continue to work on traffic issues and opportunities for alternate forms of transportation. We need to work with the school district and DVC as local traffic can be significantly impacted by school related transportation.
You have honored me with your past support, and I hope you will consider supporting me again in November.