Hello Pleasanton Neighbors,
I am truly humbled by your support of my candidacy for Pleasanton City Council in the November 2020 election.
Our family moved to Pleasanton because we were drawn by its vitality and hometown spirit. I immediately became involved with community organizations including Pleasanton Rotary (Past President), Sunflower Hill, Agape Villages, ValleyCare and Pleasanton Military Families. The time spent with these incredible groups of people only deepened my connection and commitment to our community.
My experience working in our community has led me to seek this opportunity to work for our community as your council member. With your vote, I will work hard to safeguard our long-term vision to make Pleasanton an even better place to live and work.
My platform is outlined below. I believe we need to address these issues head on and collaboratively in the coming years. After reading them, please contact me and let me know your thoughts. I am eager to listen and learn from all perspectives. Let us roll up our sleeves and work together for Pleasanton.
All the best,
As a military veteran and business owner for over 20 years, I have extensive experience making fiscally sound decisions during good times and bad. As your council member, I will ensure the City Council approaches key issues in a transparent and inclusive way that allows us to remain the “City of Planned Progress,” including:
A housing element needs to be inclusive – meaning strategically and thoughtfully designed for housing for our workforce, veterans, and the developmentally disabled. We must look for every opportunity to designate a percentage of homes with each new residential project to ensure our community remains diverse and residents of all abilities and stages of life can make Pleasanton their home. This is extremely important with RHNA numbers being released in 2022, we will be tasked with zoning a large number of residential lots. It is important to look at Pleasanton and the area available to zone for residential lots, divide up the city into quadrants and spread out the development so we do not unequally burden one area with too much growth. We also need to minimize the unintended consequence of excess traffic that this would cause.
STRONG PUBLIC SAFETY
Given state and national statistics indicating increasing incidents of mental health-related public safety calls, I am a strong advocate for supplementing our top tier police department with access to mental health professionals to complement their efforts to keep our community safe. I support our Pleasanton Police Department and want to ensure they are always effective in serving the public and continually seek out and adopt the best practices.
SCHOOL DISTRICT COLLABORATION
In recent years, we have worked with our school district to identify mutually-beneficial opportunities to obtain and share resources. The resulting decisions, including shared facilities and operations, allowed for savings and funding reallocations at the school district that directly benefited students. I look forward to continuing these conversations.
VIBRANT BUSINESS ECONOMY
Business. Commerce. Downtown. In order to thrive, our economy needs to be strong and stable and that depends on our ability to welcome new businesses to our community while equally supporting our current businesses. The complexities of opening a business in Pleasanton have been a deterrent for many prospective companies for years. Switching to a ‘can do’ attitude by reducing procedural roadblocks, tightening up current zoning, and streamlining the approval process for design review will go a long way to putting out the welcome mat for a vibrant business economy. The Pleasanton business approval process should be considered “best-in-class” when compared to neighboring communities while still considering the needs and concerns of residents.