Occupation: Supervising Counselor
Office Seeking: City Council, District 4
Please highlight your community involvement, including any previous appointments or elected offices held, volunteer work or other leadership positions. How have these roles prepared you to lead the City of Carson as Council Member?
As a member of the Carson Coalition (established over 20 years ago), I have fought to protect our environment, opposed the establishment of Cannabis manufacturing in Carson, and advocated for community and criminal Justice Issues.
I supported Measure C against the oil refineries. The passing of Measure C has brought millions of dollars in revenue to the City. The role that I have played in the city, standing with the residents fighting environmental injustice, social injustice and advocating on their behalf, has allowed me to gain the trust of Carson’s citizens. One cannot lead if they are deemed untrustworthy. In order to lead, citizens must be able to trust their leader. I AM THAT LEADER.
What does Transparency mean to you, and how will you ensure Carson’s city government is accountable to its residents?
Transparency means empowering our citizens to hold elected officials and staff accountable for safeguarding the resources and welfare of the city and its residents. We must inform the public of all potential decisions to be made by the City Council. This should include educating them about the potential impacts of these decisions in advance of the decision. In addition, our goal should be to provide them with resources and information to participate as residents in their local government.
Carson was able to pass a structurally balanced budget for the first time in years, how do you plan to maintain this balanced budget?
I believe now is the time to focus on attracting new business that creates quality jobs, provides job training, and employs Carson residents. These businesses must also bring revenue into the City. The Council must continue to develop strategies to include the development of in-home and online businesses. This should include an effort to assist our car dealers, manufactures, and retailers to increase their online presence. In addition, upcoming development projects, both commercial and residential, must incorporate technology to enable workers to work from home and develop on-line retail sales.
What specific policies will you advocate that will benefit the residents of Carson?
We must educate our residents on how to access federal, state, local, and private resources to help them improve their quality of life.
We must also take steps to improve our air quality and avoid massive contamination that can occur in a severe earthquake or some other unforeseen and uncontrollable situation. I would also advocate for the construction of affordable housing for seniors, executives, and college graduates. We must provide a place where our children, parents, and executives can live, work and play in the City of Carson. This is only a small glimpse into my Post COVID-19 Recovery Plan.