Dear Friends, Family, and Emeryville Neighbors:
Thank you for visiting my website and for being a voice that will help shape the future of our community. I’m writing to tell you about why I’m running for Emeryville City Council in the November 8, 2016 election.
I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to serve Emeryville on the Planning Commission and Housing Committee, and am humbled to have been selected chair of the Citizen’s Measure “K” Parcel Tax Oversight Committee at Emery Unified School District.
I’m running because I believe I have the experience to help make Emeryville the affordable, sustainable, inclusive community we all want and deserve. My experience as a legal aid attorney, policy advocate and disaster relief director has prepared me to bring people together, engage diverse viewpoints and make decisions that will improve our community.
Some of my policy priorities as a councilmember will include:
- Improving housing affordability, stability and safety, allowing Emeryville residents, but especially our most vulnerable long-term residents, seniors and working families remain part of our community.
- Comprehensive public safety, by making smart investments, providing preparedness education to residents and improving all forms of transportation safety through a system-wide examination of problems and solutions.
- Keeping our small business culture vibrant, by exploring opportunities to make opening and sustaining local serving businesses, along with the jobs they create, easier for entrepreneurial people who want to bring unique goods and services to our city.
- Increasing green and recreational spaces for people and pets, a necessary element to making any community “family-friendly.”
- Supporting the arts, by fulfilling the promise to our cultural identity through regular engagement in art and the art community in all the work the city does.
I bring 15 years of experience and a track record of success to addressing these issues.
I’m honored to have earned the early endorsement of Mayor Dianne Martinez, Vice-Mayor Scott Donahue, Councilmembers Jac Asher, Ruth Atkin and Nora Davis, former Assemblymember Dion Aroner, our Local Firefighters from IAFF Local 55 and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 713.
But most importantly, I am honored that many of my Emeryville neighbors have endorsed me for City Council – the most important endorsements of all. I look forward to hearing from everyone in the community and hope to earn your vote before Election Day, November 8th, 2016.