I am running for re-election based on the following guiding priorities:
(1) DEVELOPMENT MUST FIT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS & COMMERCIAL AREAS.
(a) Protect Your Right to Participate in Development Approvals:
Your voice matters in how our City develops. Residents incorporated our City to remove County control so we could determine how our City develops. If we had not incorporated, there would be a large hotel at the north entry of our City instead of the Lagoon Conservancy open space. That and other unwelcome development projects would have ruined the character of our community. Residents and City Council should continue to have the right to participate and evaluate development, whether it is in their neighborhood or in commercial areas.
(b) Maintain Your Right to Protect Your View:
I support the View Ordinance. Views should not be needlessly lost. You should be allowed to reasonably protect your view.
(c) Encourage Eclectic Architectural design in Our Commercial Areas.
Make sure our business districts thrive and remain an attractive destination for residents and visitors.
(2) REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.
In 2017, our City formed an independent agency to compete with SDG&E so residents and businesses can buy clean renewable electric power, rejecting carbon power plants. Since then, six cities have joined our agency (the Clean Energy Alliance). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is one of the most impactful environmental actions our small City can take to improve air quality and fight climate change. Management of this agency requires unique qualifications and experience. I have served on the Board of this agency as our City representative and as chair of this Board since 2018. Solana Beach IS the leader on environmental issues.
(3) PARKING SOLUTIONS FOR LA COLONIA DE EDEN GARDENS.
The critical shortage of parking combined with narrow streets affects public safety and livability. I will push for policies that ensure development fits the neighborhood, respects the character of the neighborhood, and provides the parking residents of Eden Gardens have been demanding for years.
(4) FISCAL RESTRAINT AND COMMON SENSE SPENDING TO ACCOMPLISH CITY PROJECTS/GOALS.
I believe in restrained and realistic spending that yields maximum results. The past four years I have had extensive monthly experience with the City’s complex budget and finances. I am fiscally conservative. I will work to ensure the City can fund projects the residents have told us they care about while balancing the budget.
(5) SUPPORT AND ENHANCE OUR BUSINESSES DISTRICTS.
I am a partner in a small family business outside our City. I understand what it takes to provide the environment to enable small businesses to thrive. Our retail-oriented business districts succeed when we are a destination for both local residents and visitors from around the County. I know that availability of parking is essential to the vitality of our businesses. Success of our business districts equates to a livable community and supports an essential portion of City tax revenue.
(6) IMPROVE PARKS AND BEACHES.
The expansion of La Colonia Park must be completed. Upgrades are needed at Fletcher Cove and La Colonia parks. Parks are a critical element of infrastructure for livable neighborhoods.
I support beach sand replenishment projects to protect our bluffs and beaches. We successfully worked with our Congressman to secure federal funding for the next 50 years for beach sand replenishment.
(7) INSTALL TRAFFIC CALMING IMPROVEMENTS TO REDUCE SPEEDS IN NEIGHBORHOODS.
Traffic calming devices are physical improvements installed or constructed to reduce vehicle speeds.