What are your top priorities if elected to the City Council?
My top priority is to keep Santa Clarita Valley safe, clean, and a great place to raise a family. This means crafting solutions for addressing major problems we face.
- Support the needs of law enforcement, first responders, and essential personnel.
- Increase funding as needed for training and materials for public safety.
- Build more roads to deal with increasing traffic.
- Stop overcrowding by approving lower density housing.
- Create more well-paying jobs by building more light industrial and commercial space. Too many people have to commute to work every day.
- Make sure there is enough water to sustain us in drought conditions by supporting new supply.
What financial experience do you have?
While on the City Council, I was responsible for on-time and balanced budgets of nearly 200 million dollars for six straight years.
I have owned a several different small businesses, including a candy kitchen/shop, a submarine sandwich shop, and a property management business located in west Los Angeles. Currently, and for over 20 years, I have acted as the Executive Director for the Canyon Theatre Guild (CTG), which requires running a small business (although it is a non-profit). I led the CTG through the Great Recession while many other similar organizations failed.
What are your thoughts on the Cemex mine?
While on the Council, I worked very hard to defeat the Cemex mine. Although it appears that the fight will be won, we must continue our vigilance to make sure that the Federal Government completes the actions which will ensure that the mine can never exist.
If the Cemex mine were ever to be put into operation, not only would there be 1,200 trucks a day added to our traffic, but the dust particulates generated would pollute our air. The particulate count would be over twice the level that the government has said is healthy, which would make breathing more difficult for us and for our children. To make matters worse, the topography of our valley is such that inversion layer traps polluted air. The Santa Clarita Valley already has some of the worst air in the country. The Cemex mine would make it far worse.
If elected, what will you do about the homeless situation in the Santa Clarita Valley?
While on the Council, I worked very hard to create a year-round homeless shelter. I will continue to support the collaboration of government agencies (local, state and national) and non-profit agencies to pool resources to address the issue. We must continue to supply temporary shelter to homeless individuals so that they are never using public sidewalks, streets, or parks to camp in.
It is also important to work with government at every level to enact laws that allow for medically diagnosed individuals to have mandatory treatment programs.
How do you plan to support economic development, and what is your opinion on the role of the SCEDC?
As a city council member I will do everything possible to create new jobs. This includes a concerted effort to bring companies with clean industry to the Santa Clarita Valley and provide commercial/industrial spaces to house those companies. The role of the SCEDC should be to create jobs and to do everything possible to save existing jobs. City resources should be dedicated to the SCEDC with the understanding that new jobs will be created. In addition, the SCEDC should monitor city policies to identify and advocate for the elimination of those which discourage job growth.