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As a long-time resident and Mayor for the past four years, I have been actively involved in many aspects of the City of Santa Maria for many years. I bring a breadth of experience to the job of Mayor. My experiences in City and County government range from serving on the Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board, to working as an Assistant to the 4th District Supervisor. I have also been a small business owner who understands the unique challenges that are demanded of business owners.
Owning a small business has meant dealing with the myriad of regulations imposed by the Federal, State, County, and City Governments. Working as a school teacher and School Board member, I gained great knowledge on how schools function and the impact of governmental mandates on classrooms. As an administrative assistant in county government I gained another perspective on the impact of mandates coming down from State and Federal officials.
In the area of non-profit service, I have served on the Marian Medical Foundation Board; as a Founding Board Member on Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley; and the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission, to name a few. I have been active in our Community as a 4-H Leader, with the FFA Booster Club, and in athletic organizations raising money for our kids. All of this experience gives me a balanced view to better represent the people in our community on the City Council and as Mayor of Santa Maria.
I served on the City Council from 1999 to 2012 before being elected Mayor. I have always been a proponent of Public Safety and I helped support the passage of Measure U, where the voters entrusted us with their money being spent on city services necessary for public safety. To date, 90% of available funds have been spent on public safety. I supported the purchase of property at the corner of Blosser and Betteravia Roads to build a state-of-the-art Law Enforcement & Public Safety Facility. The climate-controlled server farm inside the Police Station offers high security for our clients. We are very fortunate to have a 700MHZ communication system that has been in use by our police and fire departments for the last year. There are only three others in the State of California, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Maria.
As a Council Member, I instituted Town Hall Meetings where we listened to the concerns residents had for their neighborhoods. Upgrades to Oakley Park was the result of just one of those meetings. Two Little League fields, a soccer field, a tot lot and parking lot with lights, were all completed in June. Another positive outcome of the Town Hall Meetings is the “Walk and Talk” outreach program throughout the city by Code Compliance. We have connected with Hancock College to create the secondary landscaping irrigation system which has achieved an overall conversion of 200 acre-feet of domestic supply to untreated groundwater supply.
Over the years I have served on the City Council, we have built a state-of-the art Library and parking structure, a state-of-the art Police Station, and two Fire Stations, all without going to the residents of Santa Maria and asking for more money. We have been a pay-as-you go city by spending only what we can afford. The infrastructure of our city is solid and secure.
Santa Maria is a fiscally sound, well-run city that is responsive to the needs of our residents. As a Council member and as a Mayor, I feel that I have always protected and invested taxpayers’ money wisely. I believe in common sense government for the people and by the people.
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