Current Job: Teacher/Incumbent
Top 3 Priorities if Elected:
ENCHANCE CITY REVENUES
Stabilize the budget. Passage of Measure E will ensure a continuation of the current minimum per capita revenue. This will keep the libraries open, the paramedics program funded, and parks and recreational services operating. Continue to offer economic incentives for businesses to relocate to Salinas. Finally, continue to apply for federal and state grants to repair and maintain critical infrastructure, such as sewer improvements, traffic signal coordination projects, and road reconstruction.
STRENGTHEN GANG AND YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENT PROGRAMS
Work with the Law Enforcement Operations Center, using funding and staffing from federal, state, and local authorities to combat drug and gang violence in Salinas. The LEOC is a partnership of many federal and state agencies-- FBI, ICE, Narcotics Enforcement Agency, CHP, Sherriff's Department, Probation, and numerous other agencies-- to fight the gang and drug trafficking violence in a multi-jurisdictional coordinated effort. Continue to participate in the White House-led National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Continue the CASP program, and work with the League of California cites "13 Cities" program to stop gang violence.
CREATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND A FUTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SALINAS
Recognizing that Salinas' has a large percentage of young people, we need to create more opportunities for young adults to find stable, good-paying jobs that enable them to buy homes and raise families here. Offering economic incentives for businesses to relocate has been successful, but needs to expand. We need to work closely with groups like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to increase ties with Silicon Valley leaders, companies, and businesses to encourage expansion to Salinas. In addition, we need to work in concert with the high school districts to ensure that students finish school, and encourage higher education for Salinas' high school graduates.